WKU FOOTBALL | Hilltoppers Honored by Conference USA

07/17/2017 12:49 PM

Conference USA’s 14 head football coaches have picked which players they believe are the best of the best in the conference.

Two of the big three C-USA preseason honors are members of the WKU Hilltoppers.

The Conference USA Preseason Offensive Player of the Year is WKU senior quarterback Mike White. Last year, White was named C-USA Newcomer of the Year after throwing for 4,383 yards last season. He also tossed 37 touchdowns and just seven interceptions.

In fact, White (10.5) is only one of two quarterbacks in the nation to average 10 yards or better per passing attempts. The other quarterback is Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield (11.1).

The Conference USA Preseason Special Teams of the Year is WKU senior kick returner Kylen Towner. Towner set the single-season NCAA FBS record for kickoff return average at 40.3 yards per return in 2016. He had 1,048 return yards on 26 returns.

The other major award, Conference USA Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, was given to Rice senior linebacker Emmanuel Ellerbee. Eleebee led C-USA with 10.7 tackles per game in 2016, which was ranked sixth nationally.

Overall, WKU had the most players on the C-USA Preseason Teams, with seven.

Hilltoppers to make the Preseason All-Conference USA Offensive Team include quarterback Mike White and offensive lineman Brandon Ray.

Hilltoppers to make the Preseason All-Conference USA Defensive Team include defensive lineman Chris Johnson and defensive back Joe Brown.

Hilltoppers to make the Preseason All-Conference USA Special Teams squad include punter Jake Collins, kick returner Kylen Towner and punt returner Nacarius Fant.

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