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  Bailey Zappe capped his record-setting season in style, and Western Kentucky capped a difficult week with a bowl win. Zappe broke a pair of single-season FBS records by passing for 422 yards and six touchdowns, and Western Kentucky handed Appalachian State its first-ever bowl loss by beating the Mountaineers 59-38 in the Boca Raton Bowl on Saturday. Zappe finished the season with 5,967 yards and 62 touchdowns for the Hilltoppers (9-5).

He topped the previous FBS marks of 5,833 yards set by Texas Tech's B.J. Symons in 2003 and 60 touchdowns set by LSU's Joe Burrow in the Tigers' run to the national championship in the 2019 season. "In my opinion Bailey Zappe is the best quarterback in college football, and now he gets to say he is one of the best," Western Kentucky coach Tyson Helton said. "He'll go down in history as being one of the best, and holds two records. It's just special to be a part of that." Jerreth Sterns caught 13 passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns for Western Kentucky, finishing his season with 150 catches for 1,902 yards. Mitchell Tinsley had two TD catches for the Hilltoppers and Noah Whittington needed only seven carries to rush for 150 yards, 86 of those on a third-quarter scoring run. - Western Kentucky/AP College Football


(DS#7 QB) rSr/2022 QB Bailey ZappeWestern Kentucky
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  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM (COACHES): QB: Bailey Zappe, Gr., WKU,...For the year, Zappe is 442-of 639 passing (69.2%) for 5,545 yards, with 56 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. The all-time single-season FBS yardage record is 5,833 by Texas Tech's B.J. Symons during his 14-game 2003 season, while the single-season FBS touchdown record is 60 by LSU's Joe Burrow during his 15-game 2019 campaign. A performance by Zappe of 289 passing yards and five touchdowns in the Hilltoppers' bowl game would eclipse both marks. - Western Kentucky Football

(DS#7 QB) rSr/2022 QB Bailey ZappeWestern Kentucky
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  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DE: DeAngelo Malone, Sr., WKU,...This season, Malone is tied for the C-USA lead with 16.5 tackles for loss and ranks second with eight sacks. He ranks 12th in C-USA with 88 total tackles, although that number leads the nation among defensive linemen. The Atlanta, Ga., native is tied for the league lead with four forced fumbles, which is also ninth among all FBS defenders. - Western Kentucky Football

(DS#8 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB DeAngelo MaloneWestern Kentucky
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  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DB: A.J. Brathwaite, Jr., RS So., WKU,...WKU Football had 10 selections to the All-Conference USA Teams, as selected by the league's 14 head coaches, it was announced Tuesday. The 10 total representatives ranked second in the league to UTSA (11), while the Hilltoppers' six on the First Team tied with the Roadrunners for most. In the rest of the C-USA East Division, Marshall had seven total players on the First and Second Teams, Middle Tennessee had five, FIU had three and Old Dominion had one, while Charlotte and Florida Atlantic had zero. - Western Kentucky Football

(DS#53 ILB) rSr/2023 ILB Will IgnontWestern Kentucky
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  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR: Jerreth Sterns, Jr., WKU,...In 13 games this season, wide receiver Jerreth Sterns has 137 receptions for 1,718 yards and 14 touchdowns. His averages of 10.54 receptions and 132.2 yards per game lead all FBS receivers by 2.09 and 9.32, respectively, while his 14 scores are tied for third in the nation. His 137 receptions, 1,718 yards and 14 touchdowns led all league receivers; with the next-closest numbers being fellow teammate Tinsley's 80 receptions (+57) and 12 touchdowns (+2), as well as UTEP's Jacob Cowing's 1,343 yards (+375). - Western Kentucky Football

(DS#35 WR) Sr/2022 WR Jerreth SternsWestern Kentucky
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  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): P: John Haggerty III, RS Sr., WKU,...WKU Football had 10 selections to the All-Conference USA Teams, as selected by the league's 14 head coaches, it was announced Tuesday. The 10 total representatives ranked second in the league to UTSA (11), while the Hilltoppers' six on the First Team tied with the Roadrunners for most. In the rest of the C-USA East Division, Marshall had seven total players on the First and Second Teams, Middle Tennessee had five, FIU had three and Old Dominion had one, while Charlotte and Florida Atlantic had zero. - Western Kentucky Football

(DS#4 P) rSr/2022 P John Haggerty IIIWestern Kentucky
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  12/16/21 - Jake BowmanrSo/2025, Western Kentucky, 5-11, 215 (DS#999 LS) + More +

  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): LS: Jake Bowman, Fr., WKU,...WKU Football had 10 selections to the All-Conference USA Teams, as selected by the league's 14 head coaches, it was announced Tuesday. The 10 total representatives ranked second in the league to UTSA (11), while the Hilltoppers' six on the First Team tied with the Roadrunners for most. In the rest of the C-USA East Division, Marshall had seven total players on the First and Second Teams, Middle Tennessee had five, FIU had three and Old Dominion had one, while Charlotte and Florida Atlantic had zero. - Western Kentucky Football

(DS#999 LS) rSo/2025 LS Jake BowmanWestern Kentucky
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  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DB: Antwon Kincade, Sr., WKU,...WKU Football had 10 selections to the All-Conference USA Teams, as selected by the league's 14 head coaches, it was announced Tuesday. The 10 total representatives ranked second in the league to UTSA (11), while the Hilltoppers' six on the First Team tied with the Roadrunners for most. In the rest of the C-USA East Division, Marshall had seven total players on the First and Second Teams, Middle Tennessee had five, FIU had three and Old Dominion had one, while Charlotte and Florida Atlantic had zero. - Western Kentucky Football

(DS#30 SS) rSr/2022 SS Antwon KincadeWestern Kentucky
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  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL: Mason Brooks, Jr., WKU,...Mason Brooks, Cole Spencer, Quantavious Leslie and Boe Wilson made up one of the best offensive lines in the nation. According to PFF College, the Hilltoppers earned a pass-block rating of 91.2 to lead all FBS teams; the next-highest in C-USA was Marshall, ranked No. 20 with a 74.8 mark. WKU allowed only 16 sacks, which ranked tied for 13th in the nation despite the offense attempting 651 passes. Spencer's 90.7 pass-block rating led the league, Wilson's 87.9 ranked second, Leslie's 82.7 ranked third and Brooks' 75.6 ranked fifth. Center Rusty Staats earned a spot on the Honorable Mention list, as all five of the Hilltoppers' offensive linemen were recognized. - Western Kentucky Football

(DS#13 OT) rSr/2023 OT Mason BrooksWestern Kentucky
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  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL: Cole Spencer, RS Sr., WKU,...Mason Brooks, Cole Spencer, Quantavious Leslie and Boe Wilson made up one of the best offensive lines in the nation. According to PFF College, the Hilltoppers earned a pass-block rating of 91.2 to lead all FBS teams; the next-highest in C-USA was Marshall, ranked No. 20 with a 74.8 mark. WKU allowed only 16 sacks, which ranked tied for 13th in the nation despite the offense attempting 651 passes. Spencer's 90.7 pass-block rating led the league, Wilson's 87.9 ranked second, Leslie's 82.7 ranked third and Brooks' 75.6 ranked fifth. Center Rusty Staats earned a spot on the Honorable Mention list, as all five of the Hilltoppers' offensive linemen were recognized. - Western Kentucky Football

(DS#42 OG) rSr/2023 OG Cole SpencerWestern Kentucky
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  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): LB: Will Ignont, RS Jr., WKU,...WKU Football had 10 selections to the All-Conference USA Teams, as selected by the league's 14 head coaches, it was announced Tuesday. The 10 total representatives ranked second in the league to UTSA (11), while the Hilltoppers' six on the First Team tied with the Roadrunners for most. In the rest of the C-USA East Division, Marshall had seven total players on the First and Second Teams, Middle Tennessee had five, FIU had three and Old Dominion had one, while Charlotte and Florida Atlantic had zero. - Western Kentucky Football

(DS#53 ILB) rSr/2023 ILB Will IgnontWestern Kentucky
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  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DT: Darius Shipp, Jr., WKU,...WKU Football had 10 selections to the All-Conference USA Teams, as selected by the league's 14 head coaches, it was announced Tuesday. The 10 total representatives ranked second in the league to UTSA (11), while the Hilltoppers' six on the First Team tied with the Roadrunners for most. In the rest of the C-USA East Division, Marshall had seven total players on the First and Second Teams, Middle Tennessee had five, FIU had three and Old Dominion had one, while Charlotte and Florida Atlantic had zero. - Western Kentucky Football

(DS#54 DT) rSr/2023 DT Darius ShippWestern Kentucky
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  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DT: Jeremy Darvin, RS Sr., WKU,...WKU Football had 10 selections to the All-Conference USA Teams, as selected by the league's 14 head coaches, it was announced Tuesday. The 10 total representatives ranked second in the league to UTSA (11), while the Hilltoppers' six on the First Team tied with the Roadrunners for most. In the rest of the C-USA East Division, Marshall had seven total players on the First and Second Teams, Middle Tennessee had five, FIU had three and Old Dominion had one, while Charlotte and Florida Atlantic had zero. - Western Kentucky Football

(DS#111 DT) rSr/2022 DT Jeremy DarvinWestern Kentucky
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  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): OL: Rusty Staats, RS So., WKU,...Center Rusty Staats earned a spot on the Honorable Mention list, as all five of the Hilltoppers' offensive linemen were recognized. - Western Kentucky Football

(DS#78 OG) rJr/2024 OG Rusty StaatsWestern Kentucky
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  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): TE: Joey Beljan, RS So., WKU,...WKU Football had 10 selections to the All-Conference USA Teams, as selected by the league's 14 head coaches, it was announced Tuesday. The 10 total representatives ranked second in the league to UTSA (11), while the Hilltoppers' six on the First Team tied with the Roadrunners for most. In the rest of the C-USA East Division, Marshall had seven total players on the First and Second Teams, Middle Tennessee had five, FIU had three and Old Dominion had one, while Charlotte and Florida Atlantic had zero. - Western Kentucky Football

(DS#27 TE) rJr/2024 TE Joey BeljanWestern Kentucky
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