Last season the bears averaged 30.5 points per game. They averaged 145 yards rushing each game last season. While passing they threw for 262 yards per game. They averaged over 400 yards of total offense each game. While in the red-zone a season ago they scored over 75% of the time. They scored 47% of the time in the red-zone. They saw multiple guys see games at quarterback last season. All of them saw success on the field when given the opportunity to play.Carlos Blackman led the bears in rushing a season ago with 809 yards. Luke Hales was one of many quarterbacks who saw the field a season ago but lead the team in passing yards with 1857 yards.
On defense last year the bears gave up 26 points per game. They gave up 111 yards on the ground and 16 touchdowns. While though the air they gave up 290 yards a game and 19 touchdowns. While teams would average 7.5 yards per competition. Teams averaged over 400 yards per game against UCA. When teams got to the red-zone they score points on 85% of the time, Touchdowns’ they got six points 61% of the time. Juan Jackson lead the bears defense in tackles with 91 ( 67 solo and 24 assisted).
With these stats from a season ago they saw a record of 6-5 playing 1 FBS team on that schedule. After looking over the stats from a season ago this game won’t be a cake walk like some other FCS games of the past.
Going into the 2019 season UCA is breaking in a new defense coordinator Chad Williams. He was on the staff last season for them as the safeties and nickel backs.
Though the 3rd year of Rick Stansbury era as the Head Coach of Western Kentucky, we have had some big wins. During this time we have had the best recruiting classes in WKU history. Recruiting the state of Kentucky very well in this season having 6 players on the current roster. Half of them being a former Mr. Basketball. He has led us to 7 wins over power 5 schools, Back to back conference title game appearances, an NIT Final Four appearance, and lots of exciting atmospheres in Diddle. Over his 3 seasons at WKU Stansbury has a posted a record of 62-42 for a win percentage of (.596)
With all of this success, it is a make or break year for Rick Stansbury to make it to the NCAA Tournament? With having loads of talent returning from a 20 win team a season ago. Being that it has been 7 years since WKU has heard their named called on Selection Sunday. And as of right now Joe Lunardi of ESPN Bracketology has WKU as the 12 seed in the 2020 NCAA Tournament.
With this I ask you, what are you expectations for WKU Basketball this season?
The Memphis Grizzlies were able to defeat the LA Clippers 87-75 last night. The Grizzlies are now 2 and 0. The former WKU player Ben Lawson came in off the bench for 13 minutes scoring 5 points all from free throws, 4 rebounds, 1 block, and 1 assist.
The Grizzles will play their third game of the NBA Summer League Tuesday vs. the Phoenix Suns at 6:30 PM on ESPN 3 or NBA TV.
Tonight we will see Darius Thompson in action as the Toronto Raptors face off against San Antonio Spurs at 6:00 PM on ESPN U.
Last season the tops averaged 21 points per game. They averaged 136 yards rushing each game last season. While passing they threw for 226 yards per game. They averaged over 363 yards of total offense each game. While in the red-zone a season ago they scored over 76% of the time. They saw multiple guys see games at quarterback last season.This year there will be a quarterback battle all though fall camp. Returning quarterback Steven Duncan lead the team in passing yards a season ago with 1071 yards. Joshua Samuel is the leading return on the ground 648 yards.
On defense last year the tops gave up 27 points per game. They gave up 172 yards on the ground and 16 touchdowns. While though the air they gave up 248 yards a game and 19 touchdowns. Teams averaged 421 yards per game against the Tops. When teams got to the red-zone they score points on 81% of the time. They scored touchdowns 46% of the time. The top tackler returning a season ago is Devon Key with 71 tackles (41 solo and 30 assisted).
With these stats from a season ago they saw a record of 3-9. We saw a coaching
change after the season with Mike Sanford being let go and Tyson Helton coming
to be the next head coach.
We will be doing a preview and recap of the 2018/2019 season for the opposite teams on WKU schedule. We will be doing this over the next 6 weeks leading up to the first game against Central Arkansas.
After having a good first few games with the Memphis Grizzles will be play on:
1st: July 6th at 7:00 PM EST against the Indiana Pacers on NBA TV.
2nd: LA Clippers on July 7th at 11:30PM EST.
3rd: Phoenix Suns on July 9th at 7:30 PM EST.
Finally: Boston Celtics on July 11th at 10:30 PM EST.
Lawson had a strong week in the Salt Lake City games averaging 15 minutes per game, Scoring 6.3 points per game, 4.6 rebounds per game and 1 block per game.
Will be suiting up for the NBA Champion Toronto Raptors.
1st: Golden State Warriors on July 7th at 12:00 AM EST on ESPN.
2nd: July 8th against San Antonio Spurs at 7:00 PM EST on ESPN U.
3rd: New York Knicks on July 9th at 9:30PM EST on NBA TV.
Finally: July 11th against the Indiana Pacers at 6:00PM EST on NBA TV.
After all four game each team there will be a single elimination tournament. Both of these guys have had good starts overseas to their pro careers last season in their respective countries. They are expect to make vast improvements from the end of the season to this summer league in hopes to impress an NBA franchise.
Conference USA preseason all conference candidates list included these WKU football players. These players will be selected by league football media relations directors.
Lucky Jackson, Sr., WR Jacquez Sloan, Jr., WR Kyle Fourtenbary, Jr., TE Miles Pate, Sr., OL Jordan Meredith, Jr., OL Tyler Witt, Jr., OL Juwuan Jones, So., DL DeAngelo Malone, Jr., DL Ta’Corian Darden, Sr., DB Devon Key, Jr., DB
After the Conferences USA media days on July 17th and 18th in Frisco, TX. We will know if any of these athletes will be selected to the preseason all conference team voted on media members. We expect that Devon Key, DeAngelo Malone, and Lucky Jackson will make the list.