3 Things To Look For In Saturdays Spring Game

On Saturday April 13 at 2 PM WKU football will host their annual spring game.

image via: WKU Sports

Here are 3 things to look for Saturday:

1. Quarterback

Steven Duncan. Image via: WV Gazette Mail

On Saturday expect to see returning Quarterback Steven Duncan and Arkansas grad transfer QB Ty Storey get most of the action.

What will separate the two going into the fall will be their ability to throw the deep ball. This is what I assume coach Tyson Helton is referring to when he says he is looking for a “Trigger Man” under center.

2. Running Back

Quinton Baker. Image via: Kentucky Sports Radio

The running back position is wide open this year and we should expect to see lots of backs rotate in and out of Bryan Ellis offense.

WKU returns 6 running backs. Here is who you should expect to see take majority of the carries this season: (In no order)

  • (#3) Jakairi Moses – r-So.
  • (#28) Gino Appleberry, Jr. – So.
  • (#23) Quinton Baker – r.-Jr.
  • (#25) Joshua Samuel – r-So.

3. Defense

Devon Key. Image via: SBnation

With plenty of weapons on offense the real question of the 2019 WKU football season will be the defense. Only returning 6 starters from last season much will be asked of those filling their shoes.

WKU returned defensive coordinator Clayton White from the Mike Sanford staff in hopes to not have as much of a learning curve on the defensive side of the ball.

Who returns/ what to expect:

  • (#2) DB- Devon Key- Good ball judgement/ Fast/ Hard Hitting
  • (#15) DB- Taโ€™Corian Darden- Strong/ Physical DB/ Excellent tackler in space.
  • (#24) DB- Roger Cray- Fast/ Good pass coverage
  • (#10) DL- DeAngelo Malone- Athlete/ Great pass rusher/ Teams need to game-plan for (Malone is going to be a stud)
  • (#34) DL- Juwuan Jones- Strong/ Good football IQ/ Run stopper
  • (#90) DL- Jaylon George- Fills gaps/ Run Stopper

Happy Birthday Former WKU QB Mike White!

Current Dallas Cowboy and former WKU QB Mike White celebrates his 24th birthday today!

Mike White. Image via: Pro Football Focus

2013- White began his Career at the University of South Florida in 2013. He completed 93-175 passes for 1,083 yards with 3 Tds and 9 Ints.

2014- During White’s sophomore season he was named starting QB in fall camp and in 10 starts, he completed 122-242 passes for 1,639 yards with 8 Tds and 7 Ints.

2015- White transfers to Western Kentucky and must sit out a year due to NCAA transfer rules.

2016- White named the starting QB during fall camp. He started every game (14) he completed 280-416 passes for 4,363 yards with 37 Tds and 7 Ints. Leading the Hilltoppers to a (11-3) record, Conference USA champions, and a win in the Boca Raton Bowl over Memphis.

2017- White is named the starter under new HC Mike Sanford. He started every game completing 368-560 passes for 4,177 yards with 27 Tds and 8 Ints.

2018- White attends the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. He was then drafted in the 5th round (pick 171) to the Dallas Cowboys. With this pick White becomes the highest ever drafted QB in WKU football history.

Here are some of Mikes highlights at WKU:

WKU Football Recruiting Weekend

Image via: 247sports

Yesterday, WKU hosted a recruiting event at Saturdays open practice. This event was for rising seniors (Class of 2020).

WKU extends offer to (DE) Derrell Bailey Jr from Greenback Tennessee. Bailey holds offers from schools like Virginia, Mississippi State, and Air Force.

(CB) Monte Owsley from Owensboro, KY

(OT) Corey Stewart from Nashville, TN

(FS/SS) Lester Shaw from Nashville, TN

(WR) Ja’Vonte Sherman from Valdosta, GA

(QB) Hunter Utley from Murray, KY

There where several others who attended the event as well. It looks like Coach Helton and staff are spending their recruiting efforts in KY, TN, and GA.