Western Kentucky vs. FIU Preview | WKU Connection

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It’s Game Day!

WKU (0-1) takes on FIU (0-1) at 6 PM on ESPN+ in Miami, Florida. Vegas odds have the golden panthers favored (-9.0).

FIU Stats Last Week vs. Tulane

Last Thursday Tulane defeated the golden panthers (42-14).

Passing: Morgan- 19/34 208 yards 1 TD 1 Int

Rushing: Jones- 14 Carries 48 yards 1 TD. Maxwell- 6 Carries 17 yards

Receiving: Palmer- 2 Catches 49 yards. Maloney- 2 Catches 45 yards. Thorton- 4 Catches 40 yards. Gaiter- 3 Catches 35 yards. Alexander- 5 Catches 30 yards.

Keys To Victory

Offense: Steven Duncan has to take control of the offense and lead them to long sustaining drives that lead to points. Simple. If he has trouble it might be time for Ty Storey to get a shot at a series or two for the Hilltoppers.

Defense: The defensive line has established themselves. Now its time for our linebackers and secondary to step up. Especially the secondary, Trae Meadows would be a name I’d look for to step up today.

Hilltoppers in The NFL: Week 1 Schedule

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Opening night in the NFL is here, over the next few days 7 Hilltoppers will suite up for their squads. You can find their schedules here every week.

Joel IyiebuniweChicago BearsLBGreen Bay
Thurs. 7:20 PM
Jack DoyleIndianapolis ColtsTE@ LA Chargers
Sun. 3:05 PM
Deon YelderKansas City Chiefs TE@ Jaguars
Sun. 12 PM
Tyler HigbeeLA RamsTE@ Panthers
Sun. 12 PM
Taywan TaylorCleveland BrownsWRTitans
Sun. 12 PM
Forrest LampLA ChargersGColts
Sun. 3:05 PM
George FantSeattle SeahawksOTBengals
Sun. 3:05 PM

National Recruiting Analyst Expects Selton Miguel to Commit to Western Kentucky | WKU Connection


19 Days until 4 Star SF Selton Miguel is set to narrow his list to 7, recruiting expert Russ Wood predicts Miguel to commit to Western Kentucky.

Woods logged his pick of WKU on the Rivals recruiting website on August 20th.

Russ is an expert on Basketball recruiting with an 89.7% accuracy rate (95/106). Woods has not logged an incorrect prediction in the rivals site since January of this year (20 picks ago).

The Biggest Threat

The biggest threat in the recruitment of Selton is Kansas State, which he will officially visit this weekend. This weekend will be huge in the recruitment of Miguel. Kansas State will get the last visit of Miguels recruiting process. Therefore, getting to make the last impression.

Miguel has risen up the recruiting ranking over the past weeks. Rising from 135th overall in May to 103 overall in late August. (More change likely to come).

With no decison date set yet, adding a commitment of Selton Miguel would mean Western Kentucky would add their 8th best overall prospect in school history according to 247 sports.

Taylor On Being Traded To The Browns, “A Dream Come True” | WKU Connection

Matt Starkey/Cleveland Browns

In the media’s first opportunity to ask former WKU receiver Taywan Taylor some questions Taylor said the opportunity to play for the Cleveland Browns was, “a dream come true”

Taylor’s first game as a member of the Cleveland Browns will be Sunday vs his former team the Tennessee Titans. It was hinted that Taylor might be asked to contribute right away vs his former team in a quote by Browns Head Coach Freddie Kitchens.

Taylor will wear #10 for Cleveland.

More comments from Taylor can be found here:

The Browns also have a interesting YouTube series “Building the Browns” similar to HBO’s “Hard Knocks” I am sure Taylor will be featured on the series at some point. Here is the most recent episode-

Which Former Hilltoppers Made The Cut? | WKU Connection

As NFL teams begin to finalize their rosters ahead of week 1, here is a list of former Hilltoppers who made the cut for their teams final 53 man roster:

•TE- Jack Doyle (Colts)

•TE- Deon Yelder (Chiefs)

•TE- Tyler Higbee (Rams)

•OT- George Fant (Seahawks)

•OG- Forrest Lamp (Chargers)

•LB- Joel Iyiegbuniwe (Bears)

WR Taywan Taylor was recently involved in a trade sending him to Cleveland in return for a 2020 draft pick.

Taylor’s battle will be uphill in Cleveland, having established NFL veterans ahead of him like, Odell Beckham, Jarvis Laundry, and Rashard Higgins. Playing time and targets will not come so easily.

To this point of his career Taylor has totaled 53 catches for 697 yards in 29 games played.

We’re behind you Taywan!

FIU Opens As A 10.5 Favorite Over Western Kentucky | WKU Connection

Saturday night at 7:00 PM Western Kentucky will travel to FIU in both teams first in conference battle.

Western Kentucky is coming off a loss to Central Arkansas (35-28).

FIU is also coming off a loss to Tulane (42-14).

This game will be huge for WKU in creating momentum to carry over into the showdown in Nashville vs. Louisville on September 14th.

LOOK: 2 Former Hilltoppers Face-off In NFL Preseason | WKU Connection


Friday night the Titans defeated the bears (19-15) in week 4 of the NFL preseason.

After the game we got a picture of former Hilltoppers Joel iyiegbuniwe, and Taywan Taylor.

Taylor finished the game without recording any stats. Iyiegbuniwe recorded 2 tackles for the Bears defense.

The Tennessee Titans finish the preseason (2-2) as they face off with the Cleveland Browns next Sunday. Rumors have been floating that Taywan Taylor could be heading to Cleveland via trade.

The Bears finish the preseason (1-3). They will play the Green Bay Packers next Thursday night in the NFL season opener.