Preview 2018: WKU Hilltoppers. Rebuilding Or Reloading?

Preview 2018: WKU Hilltoppers. Rebuilding Or Reloading?

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Preview 2018: WKU Hilltoppers. Rebuilding Or Reloading?

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Best WKU Offensive Player

WR Lucky Jackson, Jr.
Can he go from being a fun part of the puzzle to the No. 1 guy? The WKU offense always makes stars out of the receivers, but after losing the top three playmakers, Jackson needs to be a volume catcher. He made 39 grabs for 600 yards and three scores, but he disappeared way too often. If he happens to keep being the team’s most dangerous deep threat, that might be good enough for the O.

2. QB Drew Eckels, Sr.
3. RB DeAndre Ferby, Sr.
4. WR Quin Jernighan, Jr.
5. OT Cole Spencer, Soph.

Best WKU Defensive Player

CB DeAndre Farris, Sr.
The all-star corner was a broken up pass machine with 13 to go along with one pick. He’s not all that huge at 5-10 and 190 pounds, but he’s physical, and he hits, coming up with 54 tackles with most of them in the open field. Extremely quick and with great closing speed, he’s a former wide receiver who’s growing into a top cover-corner – he’s still getting better.

2. S Ta’Corian Darden, Jr.
3. LB Masai Whyte, Sr.
4. DE Heath Wiggins, Jr.
5. P Jake Collins, Sr.

Key Player To A Successful Season

QB Drew Eckels, Sr. 
It’s asking a lot to replace Mike White – the star of the show over the last few seasons – but the Hilltoppers have plenty of quarterback options to play around with.

The 6-3, 215-pound Eckels has been waiting his turn, and now he’ll get the first look at the gig. He still has to win it, but he has all the tools to be just fine. With too many new receivers in place, the new starter has to make everyone better. Senior leadership has to matter.

Key Game To The WKU Season

Marshall, Sept. 29
If everything goes according to form, the Hilltoppers will start out the season with losses at Wisconsin and Louisville, and wins over Maine and at Ball State before dealing with the Conference USA opener against Marshall.

The Herd won 30-23 last season, but WKU won the previous three matchups. This time around, with a relatively easy slate coming up after a week off, beat Marshall, and the team might just be bowl eligible before November.

2017 WKU Fun Stats

– Sacks: Opponents 48 for 348 yards – WKU 12 for 70 yards
– WKU 2nd Quarter Scoring: 111 – WKU 3rd Quarter Scoring: 44
– Red Zone Scoring: Opponents 39-of-44 (89%) – WKU 37-of-50 (74%)

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