Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

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Western Kentucky senior RB Leon Allen was charged and arrested with alcohol intoxication in a public place on Sunday.

The Hilltoppers have not yet commented on Allen's situation, but they are aware of it. Allen was Western Kentucky's leading rusher in 2014, rolling up 1,542 yards and 13 touchdowns to finish third in Conference USA and 18th nationally in rushing yards.
May 11 - 10:44 PM

Bills signed Western Kentucky CB Cam Thomas.

Thomas (6'0/200) made 32 starts at Western Kentucky, compiling 11 career interceptions, 24 pass breakups, and five tackles for loss. After a five-pick junior year, Thomas was rarely tested as a senior, allowing him to disguise some deficiencies. Thomas managed a 4.67 forty at the WKU Pro Day, though he performed solidly in the vertical (36") and broad (10'2") jumps. Thomas lacks speed to play corner in the NFL, but has the size and tackling skills to convert to safety. He'll open his career on special teams.
May 4 - 5:04 PM

Chargers signed Western Kentucky OT Cameron Clemmons.

Clemmons (6'6/300) was a four-year starter for the Hilltoppers, seeing extended action at left tackle, right tackle, and right guard. Although he was an effective blocker at a low-level college, Clemmons is painfully short on athleticism, running 5.62/5.66 at the WKU Pro Day with a 24-inch vertical and 7-foot-3 broad jump. Clemmons lacks the requisite talent to develop into an NFL starter, but his versatility could keep him in the mix for a roster spot.
May 4 - 4:28 PM

Western Kentucky sophomore QB Parker McLeod will transfer and has decided to retire from football.

The former three-star Alabama recruit transferred to WKU in May because he was buried on the depth chart behind Blake Sims and Jacob Coker. He sat out the 2014 season due to NCAA rule, but has apparently now decided to hang up his cleats and focus on his studies. In other Hilltopper QB news, fellow backup Troy Jones, a former JUCO transfer, has also decided to transfer. Jones, a graduate transfer, plans to continue playing, and will have immediate eligibility wherever he lands. Neither McLeod nor Jones would have seen much playing time in 2015 with record-setting QB Brandon Doughty returning for one more year.
Jan 29 - 8:33 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt senior QB Brandon Doughty "will become a legitimate NFL prospect" if he continues to "develop next season as much as he did this season under new coach Jeff Brohm," according to NFL.com.

Doughty (6-foot-3, 210 pounds) recently led the Hilltoppers to a wild 49-48 victory over Central Michigan in the Bahamas Bowl, going 31-of-42 passing for 486 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. He leads the nation with 4,830 passing yards and 49 touchdowns after a mediocre 2013 campaign under HC Bobby Petrino (2,857 yards, 14 scores and 14 interceptions last season). Doughty threw for five touchdowns or more in five games this year. Fortunately, he was granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA and will return in 2015.
Source: NFL.com
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 03:26:00 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt senior QB Brandon Doughty went 31-of-42 passing for 486 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions in a 49-48 win over Central Michigan in Wednesday's Bahamas Bowl.

You had to see the end to believe it. With 12 minutes remaining, WKU led 49-14. The Chippewas preceded to score 34 straight points, the last touchdown coming as time expired on a 75-yard Hail Mary that featured three laterals. CMU went for a two-point conversion and the win, and the Hilltoppers batted away a fade to escape. WKU head coach Jeff Brohm ended this dream season with two consecutive zany one-point wins and an 8-5 record. Doughty, who leads the nation with 4,830 passing yards and 49 touchdowns, was recently granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA. The Hilltoppers will have once again have one of the nation's most prolific offenses in 2015.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 03:53:00 PM

The NCAA granted Western Kentucky senior QB Brandon Doughty a sixth season of eligibility.

This is great news for those of you that follow small-school football. Doughty, who suffered season-ending injuries and played in only two games each in 2011 and 2012, leads the nation with 4,344 passing yards and 44 passing touchdowns. He ranks third with 510 attempts and 344 completions, and sixth in pass efficiency (163.5). "This is a very happy day for all of us around the WKU football family," said head coach Jeff Brohm in a statement. "Brandon is an outstanding young man. He is a leader on our football team, and his work on and off the field has been tremendous. We appreciate the NCAA acting in the best interests of Brandon, and we are very happy to be able to bring him back for one more season."
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 10:03:00 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt senior CB Cam Thomas accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Due to his size (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) and feisty playing style, Thomas is an intriguing prospect to keep an eye on as early as Day 2. "Tough-minded and confident player who isn't afraid of taking chances," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote over the summer. "Effort isn't a question defending the ground game." The analyst believes Thomas must work on his technique and cut down on a propensity to freelance off his assignments. CBS grades Thomas as a Rds. 3-4 prospect.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 10:43:00 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt senior OT Cameron Clemmons accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Clemmons, 6-foot-6 and 305 pounds, has the frame to put on more weight and will need to do it to have any chance to stick around in the NFL. Ranked as the No. 41 OT in the class and an undrafted prospect by CBS, Clemmons runs a 5.28 forty.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 09:56:00 PM

Western Kentucky senior QB Brandon Doughty will be in an NFL camp next summer, predicts TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Doughty went 34-of-50 passing for 491 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions in a 67-66 win over Marshall over the weekend, making him a hot name in scouting circles. "Look at the accuracy and timing of Doughty’s throws, as well as his completion percentage," Pauline wrote. "I first mentioned Doughty last season and was surprised he never received as much as a mention from scouts entering the 2014 campaign. He does not possesses a big arm but Doughty’s ability to run a timing/west coast offense should at the very least, get him into a camp next summer."
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 10:07:00 PM

Western Kentucky senior QB Brandon Doughty "has jumped onto the radar of scouts looking for a gunslinger at the position," reports NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

Doughty was last seen flinging eight touchdowns on 34-of-50 passing (with 491 yards and two interceptions) in the Hilltoppers' wild 67-66 win over Marshall over the weekend. "The senior was brilliant picking apart the Thundering Herd with a barrage of pinpoint throws, including the game-winning two-point conversion to clinch the win in overtime," Brooks wrote. Doughty leads the FBS with 44 passing scores.
Source: NFL.com
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 08:25:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline writes that Western Kentucky redshirt senior CB Cam Thomas "ranks as the top defensive back from the program since Joseph Jefferson."

"I like the ball skills of Cam Thomas and he ranks as the top defensive back from the program since Joseph Jefferson," Pauline wrote. "I’m told by sources Thomas, who grades as a solid last day pick, gets the rap of being a little soft in his approach, which won’t sit well with next level decision makers." Pauline sees Thomas as a preseason Round 6 prospect. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Thomas led the Sun Belt Conference in passes defended (15) and interceptions (5) last season. WKU is off to C-USA this fall.
Sun, Aug 17, 2014 08:47:00 PM

Former Alabama sophomore QB Parker McLeod transferred to Western Kentucky.

Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban gave McLeod permission to transfer back in May, a decision the sophomore made because he was buried on the depth chart behind Blake Sims and Florida State transfer Jacob Coker. NCAA rules require McLeod to sit out the 2014 season; he'll have three years eligibility remaining beginning in 2015.
Thu, Jul 17, 2014 10:28:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that with "continued development," Western Kentucky redshirt senior CB Cam Thomas' "NFL profile will be on the rise."

"He has room to improve his functional strength to better disengage blocks on the outside to be more of a consistent force vs. the run, but effort isn't a question defending the ground game. With Western Kentucky moving to C-USA, Thomas has more competition at the cornerback position to earn First Team All-Conference honors in 2014, but if he shows continued development, his NFL profile will be on the rise, Brugler writes. The 6-foot-1, 190 pound Thomas was very productive for the Hilltoppers in 2013, as he lead the Sun Belt Conference in passes defended (15) and interceptions (5). The Western Kentucky prospect has a long frame, and is built well for the position. Thomas isn't afraid to get his hands dirty, when it comes to playing press and being physical in the run game.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Jul 17, 2014 12:54:00 PM

Alabama head coach Nick Saban has given sophomore QB Parker McLeod permission to transfer.

Alabama added transfer Jacob Coker from FSU, so McLeod, who was given a three-star ranking by some scouting services, had no clear path to playing time. His bio reads that he chose Alabama over Oklahoma State, Louisville, Maryland and Boston College. McLeod is from Georgia.
Tue, May 27, 2014 02:15:00 PM


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