This afternoon the indiapolis colts announced they have extended former WKU TE Jack Doyle to a 3 year extension. This deal comes after the Los Angeles Rams decided to extend Tyler Higbee earlier this season. A good year to be former Hilltopper now in the NFL.
To this point Doyle has totaled 36 catches for 377 yards and 4 touchdowns in the 2019 season.
The extension is reportly a 3 year deal worth 21 million guaranteed with a possible for incentives bumping it up to 24 million. Currently 3 former Hilltopper Tight Ends are on active NFL rosters, Deon Yelder (Chiefs), Tyler Higbee (Rams), and Jack Doyle (Colts).
Here at Western Kentucky we love Willie Taggart, he took a struggling Western Kentucky program and laid the foundation for a program that is built to last (Minus Mike Sanford). Willie took over a 0-12 WKU squad in 2009 to winning 2 games in his first season on the Hill and would finish his next 2 seasons with a 7-5 record (2011-2012) before taking over as the head man at South Florida.
In 2018 to much surprise Willie landed the job at arguably one of the Top 10 college football programs of all time in Florida State. Taggart’s stay in Tallahassee would be short lived, as he would be fired after a 9-12 start not even completing his 2nd season at Florida State.
At South Florida (2013-2016) Willie took a mediocre program over and won 10 games in his final season before taking the job at Oregon. While at Oregon Taggart would have a below average season to Oregon standards and finish 7-5 (2017).
With the 2019 college football season winding down chaos ensues, coaches begin to get fired and players enter their names into the NCAA transfer portal. This offseason Taggart’s name has been floated around programs like USF and ODU according to reports.
It is not known yet if Taggart is looking to jump back into coaching, but when he is, there will definitely be a spot for him.
After a week 1 loss to Central Arkansas Western Kentucky would be ranked dead last in the USA Today rankings the following week.
Now, the Hilltoppers are playing their best football since 2016 and are rolling hot into bowl season riding a 8-4 season in Head Coach Tyson Helton’s first season. Western Kentucky comes in this week at #52 in the country, jumping 2 spots from 54 the week prior. You can view the full rankings here.
Just 2 Conference USA schools are ranked ahead of Western Kentucky in FAU, (see ya Lane Kiffin) and UAB whom Western Kentucky defeated earlier in the season 20-13.
Who would’ve thought Western Kentucky would go from losing to a FCS opponent and being ranked dead last to being ranked in the top half of all college football programs in the same season? I surely didn’t see 8-4 record after a week 1. Lets go bowling.
In a rainy, nasty, close game Western Kentucky pulls out the victory against rival Middle Tennessee.
Many things happened in this game, but it boils down to the fake punt ran by MTSU in the 4th fourth quarter that ultimately cost them the game. WKU would soon capitalize on that mistake and never look back.
WKU Head Coach Tyson Helton finishes the regular season 8-4 and will be going to a bowl game later to be named.
Former WKU coach Mike Stanford only won game 9 games in his 2 seasons at the helm for WKU.
After the win at Southern Miss, WKU saw a jump in the rankings to number 54. This is a rise of 13 spots. This week upcoming WKU plays Middle Tennessee at home, if WKU gets another win they will only continues to rise.
In week 1 USA Today had WKU at 114, week 2 they had WKU ranked 130, week 3 they had WKU 116, in week 4 WKU was ranked 117, in week 5 WKU was ranked 117, and in week 6 WKU was ranked 103, in week 7 WKU was ranked 74th, in week 8 WKU was ranked 67th, and in week 9 WKU was ranked 69th, in week 10 WKU was ranked 79th, in week 11 WKU was ranked 71st, in week 12 WKU was ranked 67th.Right now WKU is 5th in Conference USA ahead of Southern Miss, North Texas, FIU, Middle Tennessee, Charlotte, UTSA, ODU, Rice, and UTEP.
A convincing win down in Hattiesburg this afternoon, Western Kentucky handles Southern Miss. 28-10.
Let me know if you’ve heard this one before, WKU’s defense carries them to victory. Allowing just 10 points to what was considered a high powered offense for Southern Miss.
With this win Western Kentucky moves to 7-4 on the year with a chance to win 8 next weekend with MTSU coming to town. If you would have told me that after the season opening lost to UCA I would call you crazy, but here we are. Credit to Tyson Helton and staff for the turnaround.
In a recent poll ran on our twitter
we asked the fan base which school you want to beat more? Middle Tennessee or
Marshall. Here are the results:
With over 350 votes online Marshall edged out long time rival MTSU by 4 points.
WKU vs Marshall 67-66
Western Kentucky and Marshall have
mostly faced off since joining Conference USA in 2014, but wasted no time in
kicking off this rivalry.
In recent years Western Kentucky
have had some pretty epic battles on the hardwood and field. Most notably the
2014 match-up in Huntington, West Virginia where WKU ended Marshall’s
undefeated season in a high scoring 67-66 thriller.
Then comes the hardwood, in 2018 in
the Conference USA championship game Marshall defeated Western Kentucky on what
looked like to be a magical run to the NCAA tournament. Marshall 67 WKU 66
100 Miles of Hate
The history between Western Kentucky
and MTSU is long and filled with bad blood. 100 Miles of Hate is the unoffical
nickname for this match up between the two separated by 100 miles. The first
football meeting dates back all the way to 1914. Middle Tennessee leads the all
time series 34-32-1.
With this we want to ask those on the website what do you think? Who do you view as WKU’s biggest rival?