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Updated: WKU RB out against Alabama

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Updated 9/7 @ 11:33 a.m. ET: Initially listed as questionable for this Saturday’s game against Alabama, Western Kentucky running back Keshawn Simpson’s status has been updated to “will not play.”

Coach Willie Taggart made the announcement Thursday. Simpson ran for 60 yards last Saturday before sustaining his left knee injury.

WKU is currently a 40-point underdog. Ssh, no one tell Saban.


Frankly, so are the chances the Hilltoppers keep this game close through one half of one quarter, but don’t tell that to Nick Saban or he’ll steal your soul.

The more immediate story is whether Western Kentucky running back Keshawn Simpson will be ready to go against the Tide. Per, Simpson came to practice Tuesday on crutches and sporting a brace on his left knee. The report did not state why Simpson was hampered by his knee.

“He’s getting better daily, but he’s questionable for this week,” coach Willie Taggart said Wednesday.

Simpson ran for 60 yards in WKU’s 49-10 victory over visiting Austin Peay last Saturday. If he’s unable to go this weekend, junior Antonio Andrews and freshman Leon Allen should split the carries.

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4 Responses to “Updated: WKU RB out against Alabama”
  1. southernpatriots says: Sep 6, 2012 9:28 AM

    I hope Keshawn is healthy soon, but for the sake of WKU, healthy to play in the game against Alabama. WKU will need Keshawn, and everything else they have or can do and all that will not be nearly enough. Strange things do happen in college football, like lightning striking, but it won’t this Saturday.

    Saban has identified the lethargy in the practices of his team, he has identified that they are taking WKU for granted and he has lit out against his old nemesis, the news/sports media, to help focus his team. Saban has everything in control. His team will be focused and ready to play. WTU will have a long night Saturday night, made even longer if Keshawn is not able to play.

  2. v2the4 says: Sep 6, 2012 10:32 AM

    Saban is smart…he knows his team just won a big game against another big time opponent, and this Western Kentucky home opener comes on the heels of the Michigan blowout win and before they face Arkansas next week on the road in their sec opener.

    this could be the classic look ahead game for not only the players, but the fans and media, and if you take an opponent lightly, you may find yourself in a dog fight late in the game. I dont think it will happen in this case, but I understand what Saban was doing.

  3. tlmoon2112 says: Sep 7, 2012 12:55 PM

    Maybe I should go for the parlay with Alabama and FSU by 70.

  4. southernpatriots says: Sep 7, 2012 12:59 PM


    I think you have a winner (oops, two winners) there!

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