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Western Kentucky's Andrew Jackson and Iowa State's Jeremiah George were named the draft's best ILB sleepers by Charles Davis of NFL.com.

Davis likes both prospects and couldn't bring himself to name only one inside linebacker. "Jackson made play after play throughout his career with the Hilltoppers and had a nice week at East-West Shrine Game," Davis wrote. "George is undersized (5-11, 234), but he, too, is consistently making plays every time I see him play." Jackson is a stout run defender who should be able to remain effective between the tackles at the next level.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 7 - 10:15 PM

Western Kentucky S Jonathan Dowling isn't as good as he thinks he is, writes NFL Media draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki.

"Talks too much and shows off-putting body language," Nawrocki wrote. "Questionable mental toughness. Character, maturity and coachability should be looked into." Dowling, a Florida transfer, declared for the draft after his junior campaign. The former four-star recruit was a first-team All-Sun Belt selection last season. Dowling has nice range and can make plays on the ball in the air. The 6-foot-3, 198-pounder played two seasons with the Hilltoppers.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 17 - 8:59 PM

Western Kentucky junior S Jonathan Dowling declared for the 2014 NFL draft.

Dowling, a Florida transfer, was a first team All-Sun Belt selection this season. A former four-star recruit, Dowling has nice range and can make plays on the ball in the air. The 6-foot-3, 198-pounder played two seasons with the Hilltoppers.
Fri, Dec 13, 2013 07:48:00 PM

Western Kentucky senior LB Andrew Jackson accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

The namesake of our seventh president, this Andrew Jackson was the preseason Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year. In October, NFL.com's Gil Brandt ranked him as the No. 83 senior draft prospect. Jackson is a stout run defender.
Thu, Dec 5, 2013 08:17:00 PM

Western Kentucky senior RB Antonio Andrews accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Andrews has rushed for 1,730 yards and 16 touchdowns in 12 games this season. The senior back, who ran for more than 100 yards in every contest this year except for the opener, is a talented runner who at times struggles with ball security.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 08:04:00 PM

Western Kentucky OC Jeff Brohm will reportedly interview for the head coaching job at FAU.

Brohm, a former quarterback at Louisville, was FAU's quarterbacks coach in 2009 and spent time at Illinois and UAB prior to joining Western Kentucky's staff this season. He is the older brother of Brian Brohm.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 10:07:00 AM

Western Kentucky senior RB Antonio Andrews rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries in the school's 21-17 win over Army.

Andrews added 30 receiving yards. He's a talented runner and could show well at a postseason all star game, but evaluators will question if Andrews has the necessary ball security to sustain success.
Sat, Nov 9, 2013 03:30:00 PM

Western Kentucky senior LB Andrew Jackson has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.

No other details were disclosed. Jackson will not travel with the team to Atlanta this weekend to face Georgia State. Sophomore Daqual Randall will likely start in his place. Jackson is a team captain and wins on run defense between the tackles.
Source: Toppatime
Wed, Oct 30, 2013 09:32:00 PM

Western Kentucky senior RB Antonio Andrews rushed for 154 yards and one touchdown on 28 carries in a 37-20 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette.

He added another three catches for 31 yards. Andrews lacks a real second gear but he displays nice vision and likes to attack oncoming tacklers with a stiff arm or lowered shoulder. This gets him into trouble from time to time due to poor ball security, but evaluators will likely appreciate his production in recent years.
Wed, Oct 16, 2013 11:02:00 AM

Former NFL LB and current Louisiana-Lafayette position coach James Willis believes Western Kentucky senior RB Antonio Andrews will play on Sundays.

"He's special. You will see him playing on Sundays," Willis said. "He's explosive. He's fast. He has great vision and balance. He's got everything an NFL program would love to have on their team." Andrews has great numbers, but he has to hold on to the football in order to sustain success.
Mon, Oct 14, 2013 01:03:00 PM

Western Kentucky senior RB Antonio Andrews took 27 carries for 155 yards and a touchdown in a 31-10 win over Louisiana-Monroe.

The running back also took one catch for 22 yards. We like Andrews when everything goes according to plan, as he shows nice running skills at multiple levels. However, Andrews has ball security issues, which we have seen to be a terrible trait to have in the NFL. It lands talented runners on the bench very quickly.
Fri, Oct 4, 2013 09:30:00 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler spoke with one NFL scout who said his team would not draft Western Kentucky senior RB Antonio Andrews because of his ball security issues.

"I like him, but no chance we draft him, can't hold onto the football. Can't trust him," the scout admitted. This is very similar to what happened with section favorite Dennis Johnson last year, and it makes sense when factoring in how often coaches bench a running back immediately after a fumble. Andrews has already fumbled twice this season, bringing his career total to 11.
Thu, Sep 12, 2013 09:48:00 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler was not overly impressed with Western Kentucky senior LB Andrew Jackson's performance against Kentucky.

Brugler admits to loving his energy and toughness, but the linebacker "gets lost at the (line of scrimmage) and too often gets fooled and sucked in, just flowing (with) the action." Jackson isn't a top prospect at the position and specializes in stuff the run between the tackles. He is a bit undisciplined and lacks range, but there are areas where he excels.
Wed, Sep 4, 2013 09:27:00 AM

Western Kentucky senior LB Andrew Jackson, likely the team's top NFL prospect, said the Hilltoppers are "going to handle" Kentucky on Saturday.

"I don't care anything about them," Jackson said. "We just gonna hit 'em in the mouth and get it over with." Western Kentucky beat the Wildcats last year in overtime, but both squads lost some talent to the NFL. Jackson projects as a two down run stuffer thanks to his ability to work between the tackles, but he'll need to show more range to improve his evaluation.
Thu, Aug 29, 2013 11:23:00 AM

Draft insider Tony Pauline designated Western Kentucky senior ILB Andrew Jackson with a fourth-round tag prior to the 2013 season.

Jackson is a "stout run defending linebacker best in the box or up the field," writes Pauline. "Explosive, attacks ball handlers and easily brings them down at the point of contact. Shows no skill in pursuit and limited abilities making plays outside the box. More of a two-down defender." We agree with the two down run defender label, but Jackson is quite good at accomplishing his role and assignment. Teams will also have to get over his unique build for the position.
Thu, Aug 8, 2013 09:32:00 AM


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