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NFL.com's Lance Zierlein believes Western Kentucky redshirt junior QB Mike White could be a Day 2 pick in the spring.

Former Hilltoppers teammates Taywan Taylor and Forrest Lamp were also second-day draft pick (Rounds 2-3). "At 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, White has NFL size to go along with outstanding touch and deep-ball accuracy," Zierlein wrote. "With good size and above-average arm talent, White will be a name that picks up some steam throughout the season." White threw for 4,363 yards with 37 touchdowns last season.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 8 - 1:15 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt sophomore WR Lucky Jackson caught five passes for 144 yards and a score in a 31-17 victory over Eastern Kentucky.

With Taywan Taylor and Nicholas Norris gone, the Hilltoppers need a wide receiver to step up. It was only one week, but Jackson looks like that wideout. The 6-foot-1 165-pounder easily maneuvered through the Eastern Kentucky secondary, and his 66-yard touchdown from quarterback Mike White in the first quarter was a thing of beauty. Assuming he is White's go-to player, Jackson has a chance to put up big numbers, and he could end up near the top of Conference USA in yards and touchdowns.
Sep 2 - 11:16 PM

Western Kentucky dismissed redshirt senior DT Tanner Reeves due to a violation of team rules.

WKU did not announce what, exactly, got Reeves booted from the program, but per Warren County Jail records, he was arrested for a DUI early Saturday morning. The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder appeared in all 14 of the Hilltoppers' games last season, including five starts. He finished the campaign with 17 tackles. Consider this a depth blow for HC Mike Sanford's squad.
Aug 14 - 2:40 PM

Western Kentucky suspended redshirt freshman LB Tyler Obee for the opener on Sept. 2 against Eastern Kentucky.

Along with RB Quinton Baker and WR Xavier Lane, Obee pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a March 5 altercation at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house in Bowling Green. All were suspended for one game. Obee (5'11/200) did not play during the 2016 season.
Source: wbko.com
Aug 10 - 3:34 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt sophomore WR Lucky Jackson is the leading contender to emerge as the team's No. 1 wide receiver.

Taywan Taylor and Nicholas Norris took 3,048 receiving yards and 31 touchdowns out the door with them this offseason, leaving the top of the receiving depth chart open for change. Jackson (6'1/185), who had 26 catches for 395 yards and two scores a year ago, is the leading contender to emerge as Mike White's go-to receiver. "The thing about (Jackson), he comes with energy every day," OC Junior Adams said. "He comes to work every day and he practices hard and he practices fast and he’s very conscientious." Said QB Mike White: "(Jackson’s) done great things. He learned a lot from those guys, (Taylor) and Norris, and the guys before him. He kind of took it upon himself, between him and Fant, to kinda be the alpha of that group and lead those guys." Senior Nacarius Fant is the heavy front-runner to function as WKU's No. 2 wideout.
Source: wbko.com
Aug 9 - 6:11 PM

Western Kentucky suspended redshirt freshman WR Xavier Lane for the season opener.

Lane was one of three players suspended after pleading guilty to second degree wanton endangerment. That incident stemmed from a March altercation at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house. Lane (6'4/200) redshirted last year.
Source: wbko.com
Aug 9 - 2:12 PM

Western Kentucky issued one-game suspensions to sophomore RB Quinton Baker, redshirt freshman WR Xavier Lane and redshirt freshman LB Tyler Obee for their roles in an alleged fight outside of a fraternity.

The three players in question were charged in early June with first-degree complicity to wanton endangerment, fourth-degree complicity to assault and third-degree criminal trespass after they were involved in an altercation at a fraternity house back in March. On Monday, all three players pleaded guilty to complicity to second-degree wanton endangerment (this charge was downgraded from the initial first-degree count) and complicity to fourth-degree assault under extreme emotional disturbance. They will not be suiting up for the season-opener against Eastern Kentucky on September 2, but so long as they stay out of trouble in the interim, should be good to go for the remainder of the campaign.
Aug 8 - 6:53 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt senior CB De'Andre Simmons will miss the 2017 season with a knee injury.

Simmons sustained the knee injury on a non-contact play in practice this past Friday. Said HC Mike Sanford, "That was a hard loss for all of us. But De’Andre’s an incredible young man and he’ll really bounce back from this. We stand behind him 100 percent." This past season, the 5-foot-11, 195-pounder recorded 30 tackles, an interception and nine pass breakups while appearing in all 13 of Western Kentucky's games. Because Simmons already took a redshirt, he would need to receive a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA for the current campaign to be eligible for another season. Otherwise, this knee injury will essentially end his collegiate career. Sanford tagged Roger Cray and DeAndre Farris as two candidates who will be competing to start in Simmons' place.
Aug 8 - 12:30 PM

Arkansas State redshirt senior WR/KR/PR Cameron Echols-Luper transferred to Western Kentucky as a graduate.

Echols-Luper's winding road through college hits its last stop. We think. Early in his career, Echols-Luper was an All-Big 12 honorable mention for TCU punt returner. He capped off his Horned Frogs track career with the fastest 200-meter time in the country (20.39 seconds) at the 2015 Big 12 championships. He transferred from TCU to Arkansas State and had 26 receptions for 407 yards and one TD last season after sitting out in 2015. His Red Wolves career ended abruptly when Echols-Luper was arrested and cited in March for a misdemeanor drug possession. He was suspended indefinitely, which led to his exodus from the program. The Hilltoppers have been one of the nation's most explosive aerial offenses over the past few years. They return only two players who recorded 20-plus catches last season. If Echols-Luper's head is screwed on straight, he could compete for a starting gig in the slot.
Jul 26 - 5:41 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt senior TE Deon Yelder was one of just two tight ends listed on the roster this spring.

The other tight end in question is redshirt freshman Kyle Fourtenbary. This past season, Yelder (6'4/216) did not log a catch. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom sees that changing for the coming season, with the analyst ranking him as the No. 33 tight end for CFB fantasy play.
Jul 15 - 3:54 PM

Western Kentucky senior WR Nacarius Fant's readiness for August camp remains a question mark due to his continued recovery from a torn ACL.

Fant (5'9/185) had been working to a 29-407-2 receiving line prior to missing the final four games of the 2016 season with a torn ACL. He also made his mark on special teams, logging two punt returns for touchdowns. The senior wideout did not participate in spring practice while he continued his recovery from the knee injury, but so long as he is healthy entering the season, he could put up huge numbers for the coming campaign -- WKU is replacing their top two wideouts in Taywan Taylor and Nicholas Norris and boasts an offense which led the country in averaging 45.5 points per game last season.
Jul 10 - 3:41 PM

Four Western Kentucky players, including sophomore RB Quinton Baker, were charged with first-degree complicity to wanton endangerment, fourth-degree complicity to assault and third-degree criminal trespass.

Redshirt freshman wide receiver Xavier Lane, redshirt freshman linebacker Tyler Obee and redshirt freshman defensive lineman Cecil Stallings were the other three indicted on those specific charged following an investigation into an alleged assault outside of a frat house. The wanton endangerment charge is a felony, the other charges are misdemeanors. In addition, WKU senior defensive lineman Chris Johnson and redshirt freshman wide receiver Jahcour Pearson were charged with third-degree criminal trespass in conjunction with the incident. All six have been indefinitely suspended from the football team. Baker was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team after posting 575 rushing yards last year. Johnson, meanwhile, posted 12.5 tackles for loss in 2016.
Source: WBKO-TV
Jun 2 - 3:53 PM

As spring practice ended, Western Kentucky redshirt junior RB D'Andre Ferby (collarbone) said he was nearing full strength.

Ferby had 650 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns as a backup to Anthony Wales in 2015 as a freshman. He suffered a collarbone injury on his first carry of 2016 that required season-ending surgery. Ferby is likely to start in 2017, but he'll have to fend off Quinton Baker and Leon Allen this summer.
May 26 - 3:59 PM

Western Kentucky sophomore RB Quinton Baker went off for 191 yards and three touchdowns in the team's spring game.

Baker ripped off touchdown runs of 38, 74 and 47 yards in the scrimmage. "He showed great patience, which I was really excited about. That’s something we’ve been working on with Quinton," said HC Mike Sanford. "He’s got so much speed and if you can be slow to the line of scrimmage and then fast through, he’s going to be dangerous in this conference." The 5-foot-9, 198-pounder was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team after rushing for 542 yards and four touchdowns during the past season. He figures to act as the lightning to the thunder of 6-foot-1, 225-pound D'Andre Ferby during the coming campaign.
May 18 - 8:11 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt sophomore RB D'Andre Ferby (shoulder) expects to be ready to go for 2017 season and enters the summer as the No. 1 back.

Ferby logged a single carry last season before missing the rest of the year upon suffering a broken collarbone. As a freshman in 2015, he ran for 650 yards and 11 touchdowns. A 6-foot-1, 225-pound between-the-tackles bruiser, Ferby has slashed 20 pounds from his peak of 245 to improve his quickness. "Now that he’s shed down a couple of pounds and got rocked up, he’s still got that old power we all know from 2015 where he was running fools over," QB Mike White said. "But he’s also got the quickness too." Now that Anthony "Ace" Wales is gone, Ferby is the projected starter.
May 11 - 1:59 PM


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