Former Hilltopper Deon Yelder Is A Super Bowl Champion | WKU Connection

Last night the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers in super bowl 54 from Miami, Florida.

Among those on the winning side included former Hilltopper Tight End Deon Yelder.

Yelder famously was a former 4 year walk-on at WKU under Jeff Brohm before totaling 52 catches and 688 yards in 2017.

This season Deon recorded 3 catches for 50 yards in 12 games played.

Yelder becomes the second Hilltopper with a super bowl ring joining former RB Bobby Rainy (Giants).

Congrats Deon! Go Tops!

The Internet Reacts to Western Kentucky's 23-20 Win Over Western Michigan | WKU Connection

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In a back and fourth game it came down to one untimed down and Freshmen kicker Corey Munson’s right leg. Munson would nail a 52 yard field goal to give WKU their 9th win on the season and a victory in the Servpro First Responder Bowl.

Here’s how Hilltopper Nation and the internet reacted to the kick.

Here’s a view from inside the stadium as the kick goes through.

Interesting stat.

Pat Forde y’all.

Full game recap coming soon.

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Colts Extend Former WKU Tight End Jack Doyle To 3 Year Extension | WKU Connection

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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).

Western Kentucky Falls To Wright State 74-76 | WKU Connection

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What the hell did I just watch?

Western Kentucky falls to a Wright State squad who was missing one of their main pieces.

Some serious questions need to be answered about this team and where this program is headed.

Why the hell does Rick Stansbury not call a timeout with 5 seconds left down 2?

This is unacceptable coaching.

Why do we play a 2-3 zone?

Why do we not run the offense through Charles Bassey?

Why does Jordan Rawls not get more playing time?

All of these need to be answered if this team wants to even think about sniffing the NCAA tournament.

See you all in Diddle Saturday.

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Willie Taggart’s Name Begins To Float Amongst CFB Head Coach Openings | WKU Connection

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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.

Best of luck to Willie.

Western Kentucky Moves Up In Rankings | WKU Connection

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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.

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Western Defeats MTSU 31-26 | WKU Connection

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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.

Full game recap coming soon.

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