Former Toppers continue dream in NFL

05/12/2014 10:08 AM

Hilltopper fans waited patiently, through almost 6 rounds, but finally got to hear some familiar names called before the 2014 NFL draft shut down. Linebacker Andrew Jackson was taken by the Indianapolis Colts with the 203rd pick on Saturday. Jackson who described himself as a “…old school knock ‘em out linebacker.” during an interview with colts.com Andrew will join former Hilltopper Jack Doyle who was recently claimed off waivers by Indy from Tennessee.

Not too long after Jackson’s name was called the Oakland Raiders selected teammate Jonathan Dowling in the 7th round with the 247th pick. Raiders GM said their goal was improve their team on the defensive side of the ball and the Jr safety from WKU should help do just that. Dowling led the nation with 6 forced fumbles in 2013 as well as grabbing 3 interceptions and breaking up several passes.

Immediately following the draft the Tennessee Titans signed Antonio Andrews according to the tennessean.com Antonio will face stiff competition for playing time in the Titans backfield as Tennessee signed former Jet Shonn Greene last season and then picked up Bishop Sankey out of Washington in the 2nd round of this years draft. Andrews has led the nation the past two seasons in all purpose yardage for the Hilltoppers.

Also signing contracts as undrafted free agents from WKU was linebacker Xavius Boyd who agreed to terms with the Baltimore Ravens. Last season Boyd led the Sun Belt in sacks with 8 1/2 and tackles for loss with 15 1/2. Fullback Kadeem Jones was signed by the Saint Louis Rams. Jones rushed for 6 touchdowns last season, good enough for 2nd best on the team.

Trey Eckerle

Trey Eckerle joined cn|2 in June 2013. A graduate of WKU, Trey grew up in Louisville and enjoys having a front row seat as Director to Kentucky sports and politics. He can be reached at 502-792-1106 or trey.eckerle@charter.com

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