WKU football wraps up Spring with Red-White Game

04/21/2014 01:13 PM

Forty-five hundred Hilltopper fans were on hand Saturday at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium for the annual Red-White Game and to get a glimpse of head coach Jeff Brohm’s first team at WKU.

Senior quarterback Brandon Doughty threw for 365 yards and four touchdowns in the first half as his Red team rolled over the White team, 58-10. Backup QB Nelson Fishback took the controls for the second half for the Red team and completed 14-21 attempts for 205 yards and three touchdowns.

“I thought we finished off the spring with a good performance today,” Brohm said. “We had some guys make plays on both sides of the ball which is what we need, and we developed some guys on both sides of the ball which is what we need. Overall, I feel that we got a lot accomplished.”

Louisville PRP sophomore Taywan Taylor looks ready to step into the roll of lead receiver. He took his first pass of the day 70 yards for a touchdown. In all Taylor caught seven passes for 175 yards and two scores. JUCO transfers Jared Dangerfield and Atwane Grant both hauled in a touchdown as well.

The biggest issue for the offense will be replacing all-everything running back Antonio Andrews. Andrews, who led the nation the last season in all-purpose yardage, rushed for 1,730 yards and 16 touchdowns last year. Now, junior Leon Allen looks ready to step into that roll. Allen carried the ball nine times for 53 yards in the first half of the spring game before being spelled by Anthony Wales and Darmontre Warr.

In total, the Hilltoppers racked up 831 yards of total offense including 642 through the air.

Defensively, WKU was led by junior linebacker Nick Holt who racked up six tackles and a 40-yard interception return. Redshirt freshman defensive back Juwan Gardner also racked up six tackles and snagged a 26-yard interception return.

The Red-White Game concludes the spring season for the Hilltoppers who will now turn their focus to summer conditioning in preparation for their Aug. 29 season opener against defending Mid-American Conference champions Bowling Green State. This fall marks WKU’s first season as a member of Conference USA. The Hilltoppers had competed in the Sun Belt conference since moving into the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in 2009.

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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