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.

PlayerTeamPositionOpponent
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

Tyler Higbee gets an extension with the LA Rams | WKU Connection

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Tyler Higbee, the former WKU tight end now with the Los Angeles Rams, has signed a 4 year extension deal the deal is worth $31.025 million with $15.5 million guaranteed. The max value of the deal is a little bit over $36 million. All this news is to according NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per sources. He had 1 year left on his deal before the extension and set to make 2 million dollars. So now he is set on a Super Bowl contender for the next few years.

He started all 16 games for the Rams the last 2 seasons. He had 24 catches last season getting 292 yards receiving. He was on the field for 72% of the Offense snaps the last season, season all while playing 11% of the special teams at the same time.

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

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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!

Madden 20 ratings former WKU Football Players

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With NFL training camps starting up soon and Madden 20 being realsed soon. The Madden 20 ratings have came out for all the players. Here is what the former WKU Football player ratings is in order of top to bottom.

Jack Doyle is a 85 overall.

Tyler Higbee is a 79 overall.

Taywan Taylor is a 78 overall.

Forrest Lamp is a 73 overall.

George Fant is a 68 overall.

Joel Iyuegbuniwe is a 65 overall.

Deon Yelder is a 64 overall.

Darrell Williams Jr is a 58 overall

Mike White is a 53 overall.

Mik’Quan Deane Invited To Seattle Seahawks Rookie Mini Camp

Shortly after the ending of the NFL Draft Mik’Quan Deane was given a shot to attend the Seattle Seahawks rookie mini camp next week.

image via: Twitter.com

Deane tweeted out this message to former Hilltopper George Fant Saturday afternoon.

Here’s some highlights of Deane’s career at WKU.

Best of luck Quan!

George Fant Gets Paid

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On Wednesday afternoon the Seattle Seahawks placed a second-round tender on RFA George Fant.

via: @GeorgeFant74

The second-round tender will cost Seattle around 3 Million in 2019 and will ensure the seahawks will receive a 2nd round pick for Fant if the seahawks decline to match an offer made by another team.

Fant, heading into his 4th season in the NFL, recently finished his 3 year rookie contract and was set to test the open free agent market for the first time if not placed on tender.

This past season, Fant played in all 16 games for Seattle and started in 7 of those games. He also totaled 1 catch for 9 yds.

video via: @SeaTimesSports