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WKU redshirt sophomore DE Jaylon George was arrested and charged with a DUI.

The arrest was actually not for alcohol, since Geroge tested with a low level. The defensive end did admit to using marijuana and residue was also found on a search. The school will handle the punishment in-house.
Nov 21 - 10:35 AM

Western Kentucky redshirt sophomore WR Lucky Jackson caught five passes for 109 yards with a score in a 41-38 triple-overtime victory over Middle Tennessee on Friday.

Jackson has been a boom-or-bust player for the Hilltoppers all year, and this wasn't an exception. On four of his catches, he accumulated a total of 13 years. On one of his catches, he had a 93-yard touchdown from Western Kentucky quarterback Mike White. He's now gone over 100 yards in two of the last three games, and with his speed, he's always a threat to take one deep.
Nov 18 - 12:38 AM

Western Kentucky senior WR Nacarius Fant hauled in 14 catches for 101 yards and a touchdown in a 41-38 triple-overtime over Middle Tennessee on Friday.

Fant (5'9/185) has really stepped up for the Hilltoppers over the last three weeks, catching 28 passes in that time frame. His touchdown was a big one; a five-yard score from quarterback Mike White that tied the game at 31-31 after the first overtime. Fant and the Hilltoppers close their regular season game next week against Florida International.
Nov 18 - 12:08 AM

Western Kentucky redshirt junior QB Mike White completed 39-of-54 passes for 485 yards and five touchdowns in a 41-38 triple-overtime victory over Middle Tennessee on Friday.

Have yourself a day, Mr. White. The overall quantity of the numbers is certainly helped by the fact that there were three overtime frames, but the quality of White's play was evident all Friday evening. With few exceptions, he was accurate, and he was able to make plays between the 20s and in the end zone. The junior signal-caller has now thrown eight touchdown passes in his last two games, and has lead the Hilltoppers to a bowl game. Western Kentucky finishes the year with a trip to Florida International.
Nov 18 - 12:03 AM

Western Kentucky redshirt junior QB Mike White (undisclosed) completed 28-of-41 passes for 334 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 30-23 loss to Marshall.

White has been dealing with an undisclosed injury over the last week, but it did not prevent him from putting up strong numbers in a losing effort on Saturday. The redshirt junior connected on two of his three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter as the Hilltoppers tried to make a game of it after falling behind 30-10, but they were unable to completely make it over the hump before the clock expired in the fourth quarter. It's been a statistical adventure this season for White, who has failed to throw for more than a touchdown in six of 10 games. In the other four contests he's thrown for a combined 15 scores.
Nov 11 - 10:22 PM

Western Kentucy redshirt junior QB Mike White (undisclosed) went through pre-game warmups before Saturday's game against Marshall.

White was considered day-to-day earlier this week with the undisclosed injury, but it doesn't appear to have been significant enough to keep him out against the Thundering Herd.
Nov 11 - 6:30 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt junior QB Mike White (undisclosed) is day-to-day.

White has yet to miss a game this season and was healthy enough to attempt 50 passes in Saturday's loss to Vanderbilt, so we're going to assume this undisclosed injury concern is relatively minor. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound redshirt junior has thrown for 2,652 yards with a 14/6 TD/INT ratio in nine games this season, something of a down turn after he tossed 37 scoring passes a year ago.
Nov 7 - 9:57 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt senior TE Deon Yelder (foot) is day-to-day.

Yelder (6'4/255) did not play in Saturday's loss to Vanderbilt -- he wore a boot on the afternoon. It sounds like he could potentially suit up against Marshall on Saturday barring a setback during the remainder of the practice week, though. He's been a reliable option for the Hilltoppers this season, having caught 33 passes for 399 yards and four touchdowns.
Nov 7 - 9:03 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt junior QB Mike White completed 31 of 50 attempts for 324 yards in Saturday's 31-17 loss to Vanderbilt.

White did rush for a score and stood tall in the pocket for a 54-yard strike. White has displayed some real skills this year despite losing uber productive Taywan Taylor and others to the NFL.
Nov 4 - 4:15 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt senior TE Deon Yelder (foot) is not playing in Saturday's game against Vanderbilt.

Yelder (6'4/255) was sporting a boot on Saturday. It's not clear just how long he will be sidelined. This will be the first game that he has missed on the year. The redshirt senior currently owns a 33-399-4 receiving line.
Nov 4 - 12:59 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt junior QB Mike White completed 32-of-56 passes for 356 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in a 42-28 loss to Florida Atlantic on Saturday.

White came into this one on a hot streak with 10 touchdowns and one pick, but couldn't quite get it going against a (comparitively) tough FAU defense. He especially struggled in the second half, as he didn't account for a single touchdown in the final two quarters. Even still, in this pass-happy offense, he was able to put up big yardage and a couple of touchdowns for good measure. Western Kentucky gets a non-conference foe next week in Vanderbilt.
Oct 28 - 8:37 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline listed Western Kentucky TE Deon Yelder as a "sleeper" prospect for the 2018 NFL Draft.

Yelder (6'4/255) hasn't put up elite numbers in 2017 (27-337-3), but the Hilltoppers have produced several talented tight ends over the last few years like Tyler Higbee and Jack Doyle, just to name two. Pauline notes his size and "reliable hands" and that he has "enough strength to block and enough speed to stretch the seam." Yelder could be a late-round steal for a team that's willing to develop him into a useful tight end this spring.
Oct 23 - 9:27 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt senior TE Deon Yelder caught three passes for 65 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 35-31 win over Old Dominion.

Yelder (6'4/255) was second on the team in terms of receiving yardage in what was a lovely, entertaining game throughout. He notched a four-yard touchdown grab in the second quarter and has now caught scoring passes in three of the last four games. Western Kentucky's passing offense hasn't really begun to rev until the last two contests. We like Yelder to keep putting up production now that the Hilltoppers have started to show a bit more flash through the air.
Oct 20 - 10:59 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt sophomore WR Quin Jernighan caught six passes for 81 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 35-31 win over Old Dominion.

Jernighan (6'3/210) hauled in a critical 30-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to put Western Kentucky up 35-31. They had trailed 31-21 entering the final stanza. This 81-yard showing by the former three-star recruit was the best of his career.
Oct 20 - 10:46 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt junior QB Mike White completed 24-of-34 passes for 304 yards, five touchdowns and an interception in Friday's 35-31 win over Old Dominion.

White fired off three touchdown passes in the first half and notched another two in the fourth quarter, including a go-ahead 30-yard scoring toss to Quin Jernighan with 7:49 remaining in the contest to give the Hilltoppers their final margin of victory. After managing just two touchdown passes through the first five games of the campaign, White has exploded for five scoring tosses in each of Western Kentucky's last two contests. He'll look to stay scalding hot against FAU next weekend.
Oct 20 - 10:09 PM


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