Thursday, July 14, 2011

Taggart appears headed for big season at WKU

Willie Taggart might be a man on the move this season and the destination is upward.

The Western Kentucky skipper was rated the fourth best among the new first year head football coaches last year in the FBS Division (I-A).

It’s a good sign for the former Manatee High quarterback who learned a lot about the game from Hurricanes Hall of Fame coach Joe Kinnan.

Taggart took over a WKU program last season that was a national embarrassment losing all 12 of its games in 2009. He guided the Hilltoppers to a 2-10 record, but there was significant improvement.

WKU was outscored by an average of 19.2 points per game in 2009 and under Taggart the margin dipped to 10.3 points per game, but that only tells part of the story. WKU lost four games by a total of 14 points, including two one-point losses and another defeat by five points.

Traditionally coaches show significant improvement in their second year and there is some talent returning led by running back Bobby Rainey, the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of The Year in 2010, who finished third in the nation in rushing (137.42 yards per game).

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