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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

Titans selected Western Kentucky WR Taywan Taylor with the No. 72 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

The Titans surrendered picks No. 83 and 124 to select their second receiver of the draft. Taylor (5’11/203) broke every single-season and career receiving record in Western Kentucky history, parlaying 253 catches into 4,234 yards (16.7 YPR) and 41 TDs as a four-year starter and two-time first-team All-C-USA pick. When facing SEC defenses, Taylor went 9-121 against Alabama and 9-112 against Vanderbilt. Taylor also shined without pads, posting 81st-percentile SPARQ results and the top three-cone time (6.57) among wide receivers at the Combine. A favorite of Rotoworld's Josh Norris, Taylor has an Emmanuel Sanders-level ceiling as a wideout capable of winning both outside and in the slot.
Apr 28 - 10:02 PM

Chargers selected Western Kentucky OG Forrest Lamp with the No. 38 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Lamp (6’4/309) was a four-year starter on the Hilltoppers’ line, briefly playing right guard as a redshirt freshman before moving to left tackle after three games and manning the blind side the rest of his career. Mike Mayock called Lamp’s 2016 game against Alabama "the best OL tape I’ve seen in years." Lamp lacks ideal length with 32 ¼-inch arms, but possesses massive hands (10 5/8") and posted the second-highest SPARQ score among offensive linemen at the Combine. Lamp’s likeliest NFL position is on the interior, but it wouldn’t be shocking if he stayed at tackle in the mold of Texans LT Duane Brown.
Apr 28 - 7:45 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay lists Western Kentucky OG Forrest Lamp as the best available prospect heading into Day 2.

A converted tackle who will kick inside in the NFL, Lamp drew Round 1 consideration but ended up slipping. He won't need to wait around long to hear his name called Friday. McShay's colleague Steve Muench slots Lamp to the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 35 in his Day 2 mock.
Source: ESPN
Apr 28 - 5:10 PM

The Sporting News' Ron Clements tabs Western Kentucky OG Forrest Lamp as the third-best player available for Day 2.

The Texans, Falcons and Chargers are among the teams which have showed interest in Lamp during the process. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline had reported last that the Dolphins were "locked in" on Lamp as a first-round target, but that did not come to pass (they ultimately selected Misssouri DL Charles Harris at pick No. 22 on Thursday). Miami holds pick No. 54 in the second round should they opt to swing that way on Friday, though it is somewhat difficult to see Lamp sliding that far.
Apr 28 - 2:33 PM

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero refuted a report by Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline that the Dolphins are "locked in" on Western Kentucky OG Forrest Lamp at No. 22 overall.

"[B]arring the collapse of the Dolphins draft board and Western civilization, sources insist picking a guard in the first round is not what Miami wants to do," Salguero wrote. The reporter wrote that this sources indicate the Dolphins aren't entering Thursday with an intention "to draft a guard in the first round." Pauline had reported last week that the Dolphins were "locked in" on Lamp in Round 1.
Apr 26 - 12:26 PM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that Western Kentucky OL Forrest Lamp "[m]ight be the toughest guy in the draft."

"He probably is maxed out (physically), but guys like that play," the scout said, who then added the emphatic caveat, "But (expletive), no, he’s no first-rounder." Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reported earlier this week that the Dolphins are "locked in" on Lamp at No. 22, which would be a no-no for this particular scout. Another evaluator called the 6-foot-4, 309-pounder "the best interior prospect" in this position pool, but also said (sans expletive) that "[i]deally, you don’t want to take a guy like that in the first."
Apr 25 - 6:59 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that the Miami Dolphins are "locked in" on Western Kentucky OL Forrest Lamp for Day 1.

Pauline hears that if Lamp is either already off the board or there is a strong pass-rushing prospect still available at No. 22, they may wait until the second round or thereabouts to draft offensive line help. The analyst relays that Pitt G Dorian Johnson and Utah G Isaac Asiata would be two potential second-round targets for the team. Should they land Lamp in the first round, they would likely focus on pass-rusher come Day 2.
Apr 24 - 12:25 PM

According to Ravens beat writer Jeff Zrebiec the team hopes to build a "dominant" offensive line like the Cowboys.

This screams Forrest Lamp to us, after the team lost Kelechi Osemele prior to the 2016 season and starting center Jeremy Zuttah and right tackle Ricky Wagner this offseason. That is a lot of experience. Lamp can play center and guard, and some teams might even keep him at tackle. He might be the Ravens' version of Zack Martin. Garett Bolles and Cam Robinson are also possibilities.
Apr 24 - 10:39 AM

An AFC executive says Western Kentucky OL Forrest Lamp is the "real deal."

"If he can snap, you could get away with playing him all up and down the line," the scout said. "Great feet, strong, smart." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein likens Lamp to Zach Martin, another dominant collegiate tackle who shifted to guard in the pros. "[Lamp] has the athleticism to handle athletic interior rushers while being able to fit into diverse rushing attacks that ask more from the guards and centers," Zierlein wrote. "His ability to potentially line up at tackle, guard or center will only increase his value." Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Lamp as the class' No. 10 overall prospect.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 1:36 PM


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