WKU opens fall camp with ‘stiff’ competition on offense

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) — Nothing is guaranteed for WKU football’s offense entering 2022.

“Not many positions [on offense] have no competition. It’s good,” WKU head football coach Tyson Helton said during the WKU media day.

This season will not be a complete overhaul of the Tops attack. They’re bringing back big-name stars from last season, but they’ve also lost considerable talent, including quarterback-duo quarterback Bailey Zappe and Jerreth Sterns, respectively.

Quarterback is the position with the most microscopic focus on offense. West Virginia graduate transfer Jarret Doege was suggested as the favorite by Coach Helton. However, Doege is yet to face Austin Reed, the Division II National Championship winning transfer to West Florida.

“I like where we are at QB. We’ll find out by week one,” Helton said.

Doege, a native of Lubbock, Texas, is in his fifth quarterback battle at his third school. That’s why he says he has “no doubt” that he will be named starter.

“Any QB battle is about earning the respect of your teammates and coaches. In my head, I walk the field thinking I’m the starter,” Doege said. “Our physical trainer hasn’t seen this much competition since one moment.”

The strength of the competition trickled down to the wide receiver position. Seven to eight different wides are battling for four different starting roles, specifically Sterns’ primary position.

WKU is bringing back a mix of returning actors and new faces. Sophomore Malachi Corley and redshirt junior Dalvin Smith are the biggest returning headliners at wide receiver for WKU.

“We have speed, size and people who can jump,” Corley said.

Both Helton and offensive co-coordinator Ben Arbuckle have indicated that most offensive line positions are “secure” – with a few notable exceptions. But even the special teams spots are up for grabs according to Helton, as honored pre-season kicker Brayden Narveson and Cory Munson will battle for the starting kicker spot this season.

“The pressure is to score enough points to win. It’s up to them to determine who will be there,” Arbuckle said.

As soon as the clock strikes zero in Week Zero against Austin Peay on Aug. 27 in the Tops’ home season opener, Corley says that’s when the 2022 season becomes more than ever. a simple “reminder”.

“This season will be really special. We will have a great power offense that will do the same things again.

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