Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

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Western Kentucky coach Geoff Dartt (illness) will remain on staff, but will no longer serve as offensive line coach.

Dartt underwent surgery in October to have two brain tumors removed. While the Hilltoppers are keeping him on for the 2018 season, they're bringing in TJ Woods to serve in his now-former capacity of offensive line coach. Just what role Dartt will play moving forward has not yet been specified. This past season was his first with Western Kentucky. He was hired last offseason after turning in a four-year run as offensive coordinator at Division III Mount Union.
Feb 3 - 1:00 PM

Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports reports that T.J. Woods will be hired to be the new offensive line coach at Western Kentucky.

Woods last served as Oregon State's offensive line coach; a job he held from 2015-2017. Prior to that he was with Wisconsin from 2012-2014, and he also coached in that capacity for Utah State. Woods is taking over for Geoff Dartt, who is currently undergoing treatment for the removal of brain tumors. Feldman reports that Dartt will have a full-time job when he's able to return in a role that has yet to be determined.
Feb 2 - 5:13 PM

Western Kentucky QB Mike White had a 144.6 passer rating on throws between the numbers during the Senior Bowl on Saturday.

White looked like he was going to be the QB standout of the game until Josh Allen and Kyle Lauletta went nuts in the final 30 minutes of the game. Still, the 6-foot-4, 221-pound signal-caller was outstanding for the South squad, and went 4-for-5 for 46 yards with a touchdown on throws between the numbers. White was seen as a late-round pick coming into the event, but he might have moved himself into mid-round consideration -- maybe even as a candidate for Day 2.
Jan 28 - 4:54 PM

Western Kentucky TE Deon Yelder caught one pass for one yard and a touchdown for the South in a 45-16 victory over the North in the Reese's Senior Bowl on Saturday.

If you're only going to catch one pass, and you're only going to pick up one yard, you might as well make it a touchdown, right? Yelder's score came on a scramble near the end zone from Richmond QB/Senior Bowl MVP Kyle Lauletta. While he wasn't a big factor in the gameplan, he did have a strong week of practice, outplaying many of the other tight ends on the roster. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound tight end might have worked himself into early Day 3 consideration.
Jan 27 - 9:12 PM

Western Kentucky QB Mike White completed 8-of-11 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown for the South in a 45-16 victory of the North on Saturday in the Reese's Senior Bowl.

White was one of the players that analysts were most excited to see play in the Senior Bowl, and he didn't disappoint in the game. His touchdown pass opened the scoring; a 14-yard pass to UCF wide receiver Tre-Quan Smith in the middle of the first. He dropped in several more impressive throws on the day, and looked comfortable in the pocket. White played in a system that wasn't very NFL-like, so his tape is going to be important in events like this. If he continues to impress through his pro day and the NFL Combine, he could compete with Luke Falk and Kyle Lauletta to be the "next" quarterback off the boards after the big names go.
Jan 27 - 6:10 PM

Western Kentucky TE Deon Yelder impressed in his first day at the Senior Bowl.

Yelder (6'4/255) made his practice debut on Wednesday after getting added to the roster later following hamstring injuries to fellow tight ends Dallas Goedert and Adam Breneman. "He was tremendous catching the ball, consistently extending his hands to grab the ball away from his frame," Draft Analyst's Chris Tripoldi wrote. "He made several difficult receptions in contorted positions or with defenders draped on him. I was impressed with his concentration and overall ability to separate from defenders."
Jan 24 - 10:37 PM

Western Kentucky TE Deon Yelder has been added to the Senior Bowl roster.

Yelder (6'4/255) took part in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl over the weekend, but no rest for the weary. Following hamstring injuries to fellow tight ends Dallas Goedert and Adam Breneman on Tuesday, the Hilltopper was added to the Senior Bowl fray. This unexpected turn of events represents a golden chance for Yelder to make noise in a premier evaluating setting. He's trying to scrap his way to a late Day 3 selection, so every bit helps.
Jan 24 - 4:51 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline mentions Western Kentucky QB Mike White as a player who could stand out this week.

White played in an offense that wasn't exactly NFL-esque, and most of his throws were of the short-to-intermediate variety, as Pauline notes. He certainly has a fan in Pauline, however. "After breaking down the WKU film this past weekend, I was incredibly impressed by White’s poise, patience, accuracy and overall awareness," Pauline writes. With a good week of practices, White could be a sleeper name to keep an eye on going forward.
Jan 22 - 12:27 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt junior LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe will forego his final season of eligibility to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Iyiegbuniwe (6'1/230) was named All-Conference USA first team by the coaches following the 2017 season. He earned the honor on the strength of career-best campaign, registering 117 tackles (11.5 for loss), two sacks and two forced fumbles across 13 games played. He's started all 26 contests for the Hilltoppers over the past two seasons. Just where he'll land in the draft -- if he does land -- will depend on his work in the evaluating process. He's going to need to show off wheels in testing, something that might be beyond his skill set.
Jan 14 - 3:06 PM

Western Kentucky HC Mike Sanford told AD Todd Stewart that he has no interest in the open head-coaching position at Arizona.

Sanford is reported as being a top candidate for Rich-Rod's old job. If he's interested, he's gone to great lengths to keep that hush-hush. Stewart said that "there is no truth" to the possibility. Neal Brown of Troy was said to be the Wildcats' top target earlier this week. If Sanford accepted the position at Arizona, it would represent his first head-coaching opportunity in the Power 5. His Hilltoppers squad finished the year a disappointing 6-7 and noticeably slagged off offensively sans Jeff Brohm leading the charge. If all of that has Sanford examining his offseason options, that would be understandable enough.
Jan 11 - 12:44 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt senior TE Deon Yelder caught five passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 27-17 loss to Georgia State in the AutoNation Cure Bowl.

Yelder hauled in a 54-yard touchdown pass midway through the first quarter and a seven-yard score in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. Those would be Western Kentucky's only touchdowns on the afternoon. The 6-foot-4, 255-pounder has accepted an invitation to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl after turning in a 52-688-7 receiving line for the current campaign. He's an incredibly athletic prospect with a NFL-ready frame coming out of a program which has a recent history of pumping out tight end prospects -- Tyler Higbee, Jack Doyle and George Fant, to name a few. He'll need a strong evaluating process to land in the draft, but it's not out of the question that in a weak tight end class, Yelder could hear his name called on Day 3.
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 07:00:00 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt senior QB Mike White completed 26-of-39 passes for 351 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 27-17 loss to Georgia State in the AutoNation Cure Bowl.

White finished with an impressive yardage total -- it was his eighth consecutive game with at least 300 yards passing -- but make no mistake, Georgia State had this one in control without. Western Kentucky's offense has been perhaps the most disappointing in the country given what the Hilltoppers did under then-HC Jeff Brohm last season. To whit, White tossed 37 touchdown passes a year ago, but finishes the current campaign with a far more modest 26 scoring tosses. He'll next be seen at the Senior Bowl in January as he begins his draft process in earnest. While the redshirt senior has shown a nice pocket presence and awareness during his collegiate career, he will need to show the ability to transition from shotgun to under-center for the next level. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline views him as a potential late Day 3 selection.
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 06:52:00 PM

Western Kentucky redshirt senior QB Mike White has earned an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

White previously was headed to the East-West Shrine Game, so this is an upgrade. White played with Taywan Taylor and put up ridiculous production in 2016, and he continued to carry the offense in 2017 with 24 touchdowns compared to just 7 interceptions despite taking 38 sacks.
Sat, Dec 2, 2017 10:47:00 AM

Western Kentucky redshirt junior QB Mike White completed 30-of-49 passes for 355 yards with two touchdowns in a 41-17 loss to Florida International on Friday.

The yardage is solid, but most of it came in the first half, as White and the Western Kentucky offense really struggled to get going in the second half. His first touchdown pass was a 28-yard strike to Lucky Jackson in the second, with the second score coming a quarter later from 14 yards to Nacarius Fant. Barring too many qualifiers, the Hilltoppers and White will next play in a bowl game.
Fri, Nov 24, 2017 10:27:00 PM

WKU redshirt sophomore DE Jaylon George was arrested and charged with a DUI.

The arrest was actually not for alcohol, since Geroge tested with a low level. The defensive end did admit to using marijuana and residue was also found on a search. The school will handle the punishment in-house.
Tue, Nov 21, 2017 10:35:00 AM


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