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  11/23/20 - John HaggertySr/2021, Western Kentucky, 6-5, 230 (DS#7 P) + More +

  NOV 23 CONFERENCE USA SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Even though there was a kick return touchdown by the opposing team in the game, it was the Hilltoppers' punter who made the greatest special teams impact. WKU senior P John Haggerty recorded eight punts for 426 yards in the Hilltoppers' 38-21 victory against FIU for a season-best gross average of 53.25 yards. The senior booted six punts of 50+ yards while also pinning four punts inside the 20, including a game-high 63-yarder that stopped by itself on the 1-yard line. Haggerty currently ranks 12th in the nation with a 45.96 gross average on the season. - Conference USA Football

(DS#7 P) Sr/2021 P John HaggertyWestern Kentucky
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  Tyrrell Pigrome ran for two touchdowns and the defense scored two more on back-to-back takeaways as Western Kentucky scored four unanswered touchdowns in the second half to defeat Florida International 38-21 on Saturday. FIU (0-5, 0-3 Conference USA) was first on the board when JJ Holloman pulled in a 28-yard pass from Max Bortenschlager midway through the opening quarter, and the Panthers led 13-10 at halftime.

The Hilltoppers (4-6, 3-3) rallied for 35 unanswered points beginning in the first half. But defense turned the tide in the third quarter when Bortenschlager was hit and fumbled. Roger Cray picked up the ball on the bounce and ran it 19 yards to the end zone to put Western Kentucky ahead 17-13. On FIU's next play, Eli Brown picked off Bortgenschlager for a 22-yard interception return and touchdown. Gaej Walker and Pigrome scored short rushing touchdowns in the final quarter as WKU extended its scoring run. Walker finished with 127 yards on 17 carries. Pigrome passed for 121 yards. Western Kentucky hasn't lost a home finale since 2010. The Hilltoppers end their season at Charlotte next Saturday. - AP College Football


(DS#54 QB) rSr/2021 QB Tyrrell PigromeWestern Kentucky
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  Tyrrell Pigrome had a touchdown run and Brayden Narveson kicked a 24-yard field goal in the first half, and Western Kentucky held on to beat Southern Mississippi 10-7 on Saturday. Kevin Perkins' 6-yard touchdown run capped a 12-play, 90-yard drive for Southern Miss (2-6, 1-3 Conference USA) with 10:30 remaining. The Golden Eagles' final possession stalled at the WKU 47 with 41 seconds remaining. Pigrome faked a handoff to Gaej Walker and then ran untouched five yards into the end zone midway through the first quarter for the Hilltoppers (3-6, 2-3). Pigrome was 19-of-30 passing for 183 yards. Xavier Lane caught five passes for 90 yards. DeAngelo Malone and Ricky Barber each had two of the Hilltoppers' six sacks. Malone, a senior defensive end from Atlanta, now has a program-best 25 sacks. Perkins finished with eight carries for 71 yards for Southern Miss. Trey Lowe was 6 of 14 for 67 yards passing. - AP College Football

(DS#54 QB) rSr/2021 QB Tyrrell PigromeWestern Kentucky
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  NOV 9 CONFERENCE USA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: WKU senior DL DeAngelo Malone recorded season-highs in total tackles (12), quarterback hurries (3) and sacks (2.0) in WKU's matchup at Florida Atlantic. His two sacks were the most by a Conference USA player over the weekend and resulted in 14 yards of loss for the Owls, while one of his quarterback hurries led to an interception for the Hilltoppers. For the season, Malone currently ranks first on the team in both tackles for loss (9.0) and sacks (4.0), while ranking fourth in total tackles (53). - Conference USA Football

(DS#11 OLB) Sr/2021 OLB DeAngelo MaloneWestern Kentucky
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  Backup quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Craig Burt Jr. with 1:21 to play and Western Kentucky beat FCS-member Chattanooga 13-10 on Saturday. Brayden Narveson kicked a pair of 32-yard field goals for Western Kentucky (2-4). Pigrome came on for starter Kevaris Thomas late in the fourth quarter and finished 4-of-8 passing for 73 yards. Thomas completed 12 of 17 for 59 yards. He lost a fumble that was recovered by UTC's Ty Boeck at the Mocs' 20 with 23 seconds left in the first half and Western Kentucky trailing 7-3. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 5, moved to Thursday, Sept. 3, then eventually delayed until Oct. 24 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Chattanooga played for the first time in 336 days, its longest layoff from action since missing the 1943 and 1944 seasons due to World War II. This is the lone game of the fall for the Mocs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. UTC will compete for the Southern Conference Championship with an eight-game schedule in the spring of 2021. - Western Kentucky/AP College Football

(DS#54 QB) rSr/2021 QB Tyrrell PigromeWestern Kentucky
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  Western Kentucky couldn't get things going offensively in the second half of Saturday's 37-14 loss to UAB at Legion Field. But with just the production from the first half, Joshua Simon was able to put together his best game of the season so far. The sophomore tight end was a big piece in WKU's two scoring drives, and finished with a team-high six receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown after a quiet first four games. "I felt like I played a pretty decent game," Simon said after the loss. "I believe I had the most touches I've had this season and a touchdown to go along with that. I feel like I played a pretty good game." Simon entered Saturday's matchup with seven receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown, after coming into the season with high expectations. He had 30 receptions for 430 yards and four touchdowns last year as a freshman, and was the only tight end in the country to have 100-plus yards in a bowl game last season. - BG Daily News

(DS#11 TE) So/2023 TE Joshua SimonWestern Kentucky
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  As Marshall's offense starts to watch film of Western Kentucky, there will be one player who stands out during the film session. That player is Western Kentucky defensive end DeAngelo Malone, and he stands out for good reason. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound senior from Atlanta, Georgia, has made a career out of living in the offensive backfield during his time with the Hilltoppers. Malone is a combination of speed and power off the edge that has proven to be a nightmare for the opposition to handle. Such was the case again on Saturday when Malone instantly got the game's defensive tone kicked off with a sack of Middle Tennessee quarterback Asher O'Hara before later blocking a field goal in the Hilltoppers' 20-17 road win over the Blue Raiders.

Malone had the Herd's attention as much as any Western Kentucky player over the last two weeks as they prepared for this week's contest against the Hilltoppers. "We're preparing for him as much anyone," Marshall offensive coordinator Tim Cramsey said. "I think he's a really good player." Last season, Malone won the league's Defensive Player of the Year honors after a statistical year that rivaled many in C-USA history. Malone finished with 21 tackles for loss, including 11 sacks, while notching 99 total tackles on the year. - Charleston Gazette


(DS#11 OLB) Sr/2021 OLB DeAngelo MaloneWestern Kentucky
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  OCT 5 CONFERENCE USA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: WKU graduate QB Tyrrell Pigrome, a graduate transfer from Maryland, continued his efficient play at the quarterback position in the Hilltoppers' 20-17 win at longtime rival Middle Tennessee. The Birmingham, Alabama, native completed 21-of-36 attempts for 188 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 55 rushing yards. Pigrome's 21 completions tied a collegiate career-high, while he did not turn the ball over for the third-straight game in a WKU uniform. He is now one of just three quarterbacks in the nation to have at least six passing touchdowns and no interceptions this season, along with Clemson's Trevor Lawrence and Miami's D'Eriq King. - Conference USA Football

(DS#54 QB) rSr/2021 QB Tyrrell PigromeWestern Kentucky
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  OCT 5 CONFERENCE USA SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: WKU redshirt sophomore K Brayden Narveson converted both of his field goal attempts and each of his extra-point attempts in the Hilltoppers' narrow 20-17 victory at Middle Tennessee on Saturday. The Scottsdale, Arizona, native connected on field goals of 47 and 53 yards in the matchup and is now 3-for-3 this season on field goal attempts. Narveson's 53-yarder ranks third all-time in 102 seasons of Hilltopper Football and is currently tied for the fifth-longest field goal make in the nation this season. - Conference USA Football

(DS#15 K) rSo/2023 K Brayden NarvesonWestern Kentucky
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  Tyrrell Pigrome threw for two touchdowns and Western Kentucky held on for a 20-17 victory over Middle Tennessee on Saturday for the Hilltoppers' first victory. Pigrome threw an 11-yard pass to Joshua Simon in the left corner of the end zone for a 10-point lead with six minutes left in the game. Asher O'Hara threw a 2-yard TD pass to CJ Windham with just over two minutes remaining but an onside kick failed. O'Hara finished 23-of-33 passing for 217 yards and added 98 rushing yards on 25 carries, including a touchdown, for the Blue Raiders (0-4, 0-2 Conference USA). Pigrome was 21-of-36 passing for 188 yards and led the Hilltoppers (1-2, 1-0) in rushing with 55 yards. He threw a 6-yard score to Xavier Lane with 21 seconds left in the first half for a 10-10 tie. Brayden Narveson gave WKU the lead in the third quarter with a 53-yard field goal, third-longest in program history. - Western Kentucky/AP College Football

(DS#54 QB) rSr/2021 QB Tyrrell PigromeWestern Kentucky
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  While DeAngelo Malone has been solid to start the season (17 tackles, four tackles for loss, one sack and a forced fumble), the Hilltoppers defense has not lived up to the preseason hype so far. Western Kentucky has struggled is against the run. The Hilltoppers have one of the worst rushing defenses in the country, ranking 68th overall and gives up an average of 249 yards per game. In their season-opener against Louisville, the Cardinals rushed for 183 yards and a pair of touchdowns. That was nothing compared to what Liberty did a week later. The Flames had no issues against the Hilltoppers as they rushed for 354 yards and four touchdowns. Liberty quarterback Malik Willis led the attack with 168 yards and three touchdowns. - Daily News Journal

(DS#11 OLB) Sr/2021 OLB DeAngelo MaloneWestern Kentucky
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  Western Kentucky's coaches were confident in the team's depth at receiver entering fall camp, saying they thought it was a group deeper than on last year's 9-4, bowl-game-winning team. The Hilltoppers - who graduated Lucky Jackson and Quin Jernighan - are now down their top four reception leaders from 2019 after the departure of Jacquez Sloan late in camp and Jahcour Pearson on Monday, two games into the season. Now, less experienced players will have an opportunity to step up moving forward. "We'll certainly miss J.P.," WKU offensive coordinator Bryan Ellis said Tuesday in a Zoom with reporters. "J.P. made a lot of plays around here the last two years, so we'll miss him. We wish him nothing but the best, but I think we've got capable bodies."

Pearson, who announced his intentions to transfer in a tweet Monday, entered the season as WKU's leading returning receiver after posting 804 yards and seven touchdowns on 76 receptions in last fall's All-Conference USA Second Team campaign. Pearson and Sloan combined for 110 receptions, with Jackson and Jernighan adding another 126. In total, that's 75% of the team's 313 receptions from last year. Pearson had nine receptions - tied for most on the team - and 96 yards - the second-most on the team - through the first two games of the season, which included losses to Louisville and Liberty. "JP was a good person - my dog, for real, for real - but hey, the team's just got to keep moving forward. Still be in contact with him, keep him close, but us as a whole, we've just got to keep moving forward," WKU quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome said. "Next guy up, he's just got to do his job, play, and me too. Just got to keep playing, trying to perform, lead us to a victory. Do the best we can." - BG Daily News


(DS#999 WR) rSr/2021 WR Jahcour PearsonWestern Kentucky
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  Jahcour Pearson is no longer part of Western Kentucky's football program, head coach Tyson Helton announced Monday in his weekly Zoom conference. "Jahcour Pearson will no longer be with us," Helton said. "He will not be on the team. We love him and wish him the best of luck in the future." Helton did not provide a reason for Pearson's departure. Pearson announced with a note on Twitter later Monday he was entering the transfer portal, along with "Nothing But Love." Through WKU's first two games - losses to Louisville and Liberty - Pearson had nine receptions for 96 yards, with 29 yards on four receptions in Saturday's 30-24 loss to the Flames. Pearson is the second receiver to depart the team since the start of fall camp last month. - BG Daily News

(DS#999 WR) rSr/2021 WR Jahcour PearsonWestern Kentucky
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  09/17/20 - John HaggertySr/2021, Western Kentucky, 6-5, 230 (DS#7 P) + More +

  Western Kentucky senior John Haggerty was named the Ray Guy Award Punter of the Week for his performance against Louisville, the organization announced Tuesday. The honor marks the first time that a Hilltopper has earned the Ray Guy Award Punter of the Week since Nov. 7, 2018, when Alex Rinella received the recognition for his performance in a game against Middle Tennessee. In Saturday's loss to the Cardinals, Haggerty punted five times for a total of 231 yards, equaling out to a gross average of 46.2 yards per punt. Only one of his punts were returned, for 7 yards, which put his net average at 44.8 yards per punt.

Haggerty's longest punt of the night was a 55-yarder, and three of his five punts were either downed or fair caught inside the 20-yard line. "I was really proud of our special teams," WKU head coach Tyson Helton said Monday. "I thought they did a great job in the game. Our punter, John Haggerty, was fabulous with a 46-yard average and to be able to change field position over and over." Haggerty had already earned multiple honors leading up to the start of the 2020 season, being voted the Conference USA Preseason Special Teams Player of the Year while also being named to the Preseason All-Conference USA First Team by both Phil Steele and Athlon Sports. - BG Daily News


(DS#7 P) Sr/2021 P John HaggertyWestern Kentucky
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  Just a few days before opening kickoff against ACC opponent Louisville, the WKU football team confirms that senior wideout Jacquez Sloan has entered his name in the NCAA Transfer Portal. Sloan was a significant piece of the Hilltoppers offense in 2019, accounting for 628 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns. As of now, it has not been announced what school the former two-star product plans to attend. The Atlanta native accounted for 1,497 yards and five touchdowns during his time on the HIll. - WBKO TV13 News

(DS#999 WR) Sr/2021 WR Jacquez SloanWestern Kentucky
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