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During Friday's All-Star Football Challenge, Western Kentucky DB Brandon Doughty won the accuracy and long-distance competitions.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Doughty prevailed in a long-distance tie-breaker with USC QB Cody Kessler when he chucked the ball 64 yards (compared to Kessler's 62). It's no surprise, given that he threw for 5,055 yards (70.9% completions) with a 48/9 TD/INT ratio during the 2015 campaign. Neither Doughty nor Kessler will be cracking the top rounds of the draft, but both have a decent chance of being drafted in the mid-to-late rounds, with some potential as long-term backups. Over the Shrine Game week, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler praised Doughty's consistency.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 6 - 5:35 PM

Western Kentucky and HC Jeff Brohm agreed to a four-year extension.

This extends Brohm's contract through 2019. It also includes a modest annual salary bump from $600,000 to $800,000. In his two years coaching the Hilltoppers, the team holds a 20-7 record. That's driven in large part by the fantastic 12-2 season Western Kentucky just dropped on the world. In the accompanying statement, AD Todd Stewart said that it's "imperative that we reward that loyalty."
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 4 - 1:36 PM

Western Kentucky QB Brandon Doughty completed 9-of-15 passes for 64 yards and two interceptions in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game.

Doughty started out the annual postseason contest poorly enough, getting picked by Florida LB Anthony Harrell less than a minute into the game. It wasn't a great throw either, as Harrell was all over the route. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Doughty would later cough up a pick-six, returned by Miami's Brian Poole for 98 yards in the second quarter. It's a tough game, but don't read too much into it. Doughty impressed throughout the practice week, with WKU Insider's Jody Demling (who works on a branch of scout.com) saying that he received a text from a draft analyst who said, "Brandon Doughty is so much better than I expected." CBS Sports analyst Dane Brugler also cited Doughty's consistency on Wednesday.
Jan 23 - 7:35 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt junior QB Tyler Ferguson is eligible to play for WKU in 2016.

The odyssey is finally reaching its conclusion. Ferguson has transferred three times since beginning his collegiate career. He began at a JUCO, transferred to Penn State, lost out to five-star recruit Christian Hackenberg for starting duties, transferred to Louisville and then hopped to Western Kentucky when Bobby Petrino sided with his own high school recruits behind center. Ferguson has plenty of competition in the race to replace star QB Brandon Doughty. USF transfer Mike White, redshirt senior Nelson Fishback, redshirt sophomore Drew Eckels and redshirt freshman Reese Ryan will all be given a shot. The Hilltoppers are also expected to bring in two-star recruit QB Steven Duncan.
Jan 22 - 1:47 PM

Former Louisville graduate edge rusher Nick Dawson-Brents transferred to Western Kentucky.

The Hilltoppers have stolen two grad transfers from the Cardinals over the past few picks, first picking off fellow linebacker Keith Brown. Like Brown, Dawson-Brents is eligible to play immediately in 2016. "The environment and the people – the coaches – it was a really great experience," Dawson-Brents said when asked why he chose WKU as his transfer destination. "I really felt like they were genuine. I’m just ready to accept the challenge they gave me. I’m all in. I’m ready to get there and start pursuing my dream again." Dawson-Brents told the Bowling Green Daily News that he believes he will shift from linebacker to defensive end with the Hilltoppers.
Jan 22 - 12:39 PM

In a rundown of the Top-5 prospects to watch in the Shrine Game, Pro Football Focus' analyst John Breitenbach notes that Western Kentucky QB Brandon Doughty "can make every throw."

Breitenbach is particularly smitten with Doughty's ability to lob the deep ball, noting that the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder held a 15/2 TD/INT ratio when chucking downfield. "In this QB crop with few clear standouts," the analyst wrote, "Doughty might be worth taking a punt on." On Wednesday, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler called him the "most consistent of the passers" at Shrine Game practices, though Brugler also wants to see him move through his progressions at a faster rate.
Jan 21 - 7:03 PM

Western Kentucky QB Brandon Doughty "is the most consistent of the passers [at the Shrine Game] with his compact release and accurate placement on various throws," writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"When in rhythm, he is able to scan, read and deliver, which he showed during drills," Brugler wrote. "However, when late making his first read, he can struggle to find his second and third option in time, holding the ball too long." A slow acclimation to NFL concepts was expected. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder was a spread maestro in college but will have to speed up his progressions now that they're happening in real time, as opposed to pre-determined. Doughty threw for a mind-boggling 5,055 yards (70.9% completions) with a 48/9 TD/INT ratio last season.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 20 - 2:49 PM

Graduate LB Keith Brown transferred from Louisville to Western Kentucky.

Because Brown's transferring as a graduate, he won't have to sit out a season. The 6-foot-1, 234-pounder announced his intentions via Twitter, saying "It's Official I'm on #thehill with it." Last season, he recorded 33 tackles (5.0 for loss).
Jan 19 - 9:44 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt senior CB Prince Charles Iworah accepted an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

This past season, Iworah was tied for the MAC lead with four interceptions. In addition to that nice number, the 5-foot-11, 194-pound redshirt senior also recorded 42 tackles (one for loss) and 11 pass breakups. He was actually a running back in high school, but shifted over to the defensive side of the equation after joining the Hilltoppers.
Jan 11 - 9:05 PM

Western Kentucky senior RB Leon Allen (knee) has suffered multiple setbacks in his recovery.

The Bowling Green Daily News reports that "it's too early to tell what the future has in store for him." We don't have a lot more to add because Western Kentucky hasn't divulged details about the nature of the injury. Allen suffered a season-ending knee injury versus Louisiana Tech in the second game of the season. The 6-foot, 235-pound Allen had 2,018 yards from scrimmage in 2014. He could apply for a medical redshirt.
Jan 5 - 7:36 PM

Western Kentucky senior TE Tyler Higbee will play in the Senior Bowl.

Higbee is coming off a snakebitten year in which he missed five games to injury. Despite that, he was amongst the FBS' leading tight ends in catches, yards and touchdowns, posting 38 receptions for 563 yards and three scores. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound senior is a gifted receiver.
Source: Senior Bowl
Jan 5 - 5:19 PM

WBKO-TV's Chad Bishop reports that Western Kentucky senior QB Brandon Doughty is "likely to sign with agent Drew Rosenhaus."

Per Bishop, Doughty's back home in Florida preparing for this spring's draft. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior racked up 5,055 passing yards (70.9% completions) with a 48/9 TD/INT ratio over the course of the 2015 campaign. He actually threw one less touchdown pass than in his junior year, which tells you just how spectacularly productive he's been in his Hilltopper career. He'll play in the East-West Shrine Game on January 23 to open the draft process proper. With respectable showings in that contest and in pre-draft work, he'll likely find himself a seat at the NFL table in the later rounds.
Jan 4 - 8:34 PM

Western Kentucky junior WR Taywan Taylor caught eight passes for 114 yards in Monday's 45-35 win against USF in the Miami Beach Bowl.

Taylor was one of five receivers who had five catches or more. From an NFL perspective, Taylor is the most attractive of the bunch. "The focal point of Taylor’s game is yards after the catch," Josh Norris wrote before the game. "The receiver was only on the field for 53.5 percent of the school’s snaps this season and 53 percent of his catches were made between the numbers and less than 10 yards down the field. Those are projectable slot traits. Taylor only dropped two passes all season." The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder finished with 87 catches for 1,477 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 07:48:00 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt junior RB Anthony Wales had 105 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries on Monday in a 45-35 triumph over USF in the Miami Beach Bowl.

"Ace" took particular advantage of the Bulls in the second half, when QB Brandon Doughty and his receiving corps were firing on all cylinders and beleaguered USF defenders were on their heels and on islands in space. Wales and platoon mate D'Andre Ferby deserve a ton of credit for approximating Leon Allen as a duo after Allen was lost for the season in September. Allen led Conference USA and ranked No. 7 nationally with 2,018 yards from scrimmage in 2014, his junior season. The Hilltoppers barely missed a beat without him, though they undoubtedly would have been more dangerous with him. Unfortunately, Doughty is graduating. Fortunately, WKU has all three runners coming back. The Hilltoppers aren't going anywhere.
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 07:26:00 PM

Western Kentucky senior QB Brandon Doughty completed 32-of-45 passes for 461 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in Monday's 45-35 victory over USF in the Miami Beach Bowl.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior threw 22.2% of his nine 2015 interceptions in this game. That's the end of our nitpicking. Doughty was tremendous after a slow start, shredding USF's secondary at will. Five of his receivers had five receptions or more. That's one of Doughty's best traits: He stands tall in the pocket and patiently surveys the entire field if he's given time to do so. Doughty, who can next be seen at the East-West Shrine Game, finishes the season with 5,055 passing yards. He has a decent chance of getting drafted. If his offseason is anywhere near as impressive as his season, he's a lock.
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 07:09:00 PM


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