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  Western Kentucky's quarterback competition has lost some of its competition. Tyrrell Pigrome, the Hilltoppers' starting quarterback last fall, has entered the transfer portal, the program confirmed to the Daily News on Wednesday. Chris Hummer of 247Sports was the first to report Pigrome's entrance in the portal. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound graduate transfer from Maryland started 10 games last year and appeared in 11. He completed 171 of 297 passes for 1,603 yards and nine touchdowns with two interceptions - both of which came in a loss to Georgia State in the LendingTree Bowl. The dual-threat quarterback was WKU's second-leading rusher with 337 yards and four touchdowns on 105 attempts. Pigrome came from Maryland last spring, where he had 2,407 yards of offense in 34 games, including seven starts. - BG Daily News

(DS#69 QB) rSr/2022 QB Tyrrell PigromeWestern Kentucky
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  With the majority of the FCS season getting canceled amid the COVID-19 pandemic, HBU played just four games, but still put up eye-popping numbers on offense. The Huskies averaged 33.7 points per game, with three of those four games coming against FBS opponents, and averaged 459.5 yards passing per game. Zappe, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound graduate student, completed 141 of 215 passes for 1,833 yards and 15 touchdowns to just one interception. His yards passing per game were over 100 more than UCF's Dillon Gabriel, the FBS leader.

Zappe, who is more of a pocket passer but says he's been working on being able to get out of the pocket, had his signing announced Dec. 27 - the day after WKU's disappointing loss to Georgia State in the LendingTree Bowl. He entered the transfer portal after Kittley's departure from HBU, and says the coordinator was the first call he received. "Western Kentucky was always my number one," Zappe said. "I had great calls with (WKU head) coach (Tyson) Helton - I really like coach Helton, he's a heckuva coach - but I had a few other offers and I was a little bit interested, but my heart was really here at WKU and coming here and playing under coach Kittley for another year. That's the decision I made, and so far it's turned out great." - BG Daily News


(DS#9 QB) rSr/2022 QB Bailey ZappeWestern Kentucky
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  Another former Husker is headed to Western Kentucky. Former Nebraska outside linebacker Niko Cooper, who entered the transfer portal recently, will now play football for the Hilltoppers, joining former Husker guard Boe Wilson in the program. Cooper arrived at NU last year as a rare junior college transfer with three years of eligibility remaining, but he wasn't able to find his way up the depth chart during his first season on campus. At 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, he has the prototypical length and frame that the Huskers look for at the position. He appeared in Nebraska's final seven games of the 2020 season, but mostly in a special teams role, where he registered three tackles. - Lincoln Journal Star

(DS#999 OLB) So/2023 OLB Niko CooperWestern Kentucky
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  Western Kentucky has announced the dates of its 2021 spring football practice schedule, which begins Tuesday. Third-year head coach Tyson Helton and the Hilltoppers will hold 13 practices leading up to the 2021 Spring Game on April 17. Fans will be able to attend the Spring Game with free admission. Start time is currently TBD, and additional details will be released at a later date. All Tuesday and Thursday practices will be closed to the public. Helton posted a 14-11 overall record (including a 10-5 mark in Conference USA play) and reached a bowl game in both of his first two years at WKU. - BG Daily News

(DS#1 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB DeAngelo MaloneWestern Kentucky
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  A reserve Nebraska outside linebacker is transferring. Sophomore Niko Cooper, a former junior college transfer who joined the program a year ago, is putting his name in the NCAA transfer portal, the Journal Star confirmed Friday. Cooper arrived at NU last year as a rare juco transfer with three years of eligibility remaining, but he wasn't able to find his way up the depth chart during his first season on campus. At 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, he has the prototypical length and frame that the Huskers look for at the position. AD Bill Moos affirms NU's intention to play OU this fall after reports the Huskers attempted to back out He appeared in Nebraska's final seven games of the 2020 season, but mostly in a special teams role, where he registered three tackles. - Lincoln Journal Star

(DS#999 OLB) So/2023 OLB Niko CooperWestern Kentucky
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  The reigning Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year is returning to The Hill for one more ride. On Sunday evening, Hilltoppers’ Defensive End DeAngelo Malone announced via his Twitter account that he would be returning for his senior season at Western Kentucky and forego the 2020 NFL Draft. In 2019, Malone totaled 100 tackles, with 55 solo tackles, 11.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. - WKNY TV 40 News

(DS#1 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB DeAngelo MaloneWestern Kentucky
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  Western Kentucky defensive tackle Ricky Barber was named a 2020 Football Writers Association of American Freshman All-American, the organization announced Monday. Barber is the fourth Hilltopper to earn this honor in the past 11 years, joining defensive end Juwuan Jones (2018), offensive guard Brandon Ray (2014) and kick returner Willie McNeal (2010). The redshirt freshman from Louisville recorded 58 total tackles (26 solo, 32 assisted) - including seven for loss - with four sacks, three quarterback hurries and one forced fumble this season. His 58 total tackles tied for fifth among all FBS defensive linemen. - BG Daily News

(DS#13 DT) rFr/2024 DT Ricky BarberWestern Kentucky
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  01/17/21 - Gaej WalkerrSr/2022, Western Kentucky, 5-11, 195 (DS#54 RB) + More +

  Western Kentucky redshirt senior running back Gaej Walker has entered the transfer portal as a graduate transfer, WKU confirmed to the Daily News on Friday. Walker was WKU's leading rusher the last two seasons. He started all 12 games this fall, compiling 645 yards and three touchdowns on 143 attempts. He also caught nine passes for 87 yards. The 6-foot, 195-pound Tampa, Fla., native shined as a redshirt junior in his first year playing running back at WKU after making the transition from defensive back. - BG Daily News

(DS#54 RB) rSr/2022 RB Gaej WalkerWestern Kentucky
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  Western Kentucky has another transfer joining the football program. Zac Lefebvre, a 6-foot-6, 235-pound tight end announced Wednesday his signing with the Hilltoppers via Twitter after spending the last five seasons at Buffalo. Lefebvre started all seven games at tight end this fall for Buffalo and was named All-MAC Third Team. He had 13 catches for 169 yards and a touchdown and played a key role blocking for the Bulls' rushing offense that went for 287.4 yards per game in the 6-1 season. Buffalo's only loss came to Ball State 38-28 in the MAC Championship game. The Bulls beat Marshall 17-10 in the Camellia Bowl. He also started all 11 games at tight end in 2019 and was third on the team in receiving with 21 catches for 235 yards and two scores. - BG Daily News

(DS#28 TE) rSr/2022 TE Zac LefebvreWestern Kentucky
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  The Western Kentucky football program continues to take advantage of the transfer portal this offseason. The Hilltoppers announced Thursday the signing of Cameron Stage, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound offensive lineman that spent the last three seasons at Bowling Green State. Stage started all five games at center and made all 284 snaps for the 0-5 Falcons in 2020 as a redshirt sophomore. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native appeared in four games in 2019 after redshirting in 2018. - BG Daily News

(DS#999 C) rSo/2023 C Cameron StageWestern Kentucky
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  Bowling Green football's starting center, Cameron Stage, announced Tuesday that he will transfer from the school for his final three years of eligibility. Stage started all five games at center for the Falcons during the 2020 season. A three-star prospect from Florida, Stage was BG's highest-rated player in the class of 2018, which proved to be the last one under the previous coaching staff. Stage redshirted his first season on campus and appeared in four games in 2019. - Toledo Blade

(DS#999 C) rSo/2023 C Cameron StageWestern Kentucky
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  Western Kentucky has another transfer joining its football program. The Hilltoppers announced the signing of redshirt sophomore cornerback Davion Williams on Sunday. Williams, a 6-foot, 180-pound Belleville, Mich., native, comes to WKU from Michigan State, where he appeared in all seven games for the 2-5 Spartans this fall, finishing with eight total tackles. He played in all 13 games during the 2019 season, primarily on special teams, recording six tackles and recovering two fumbles. He played 20 snaps on defense. Williams appeared in three games on special teams in 2018 and redshirted. - BG Daily News

(DS#999 CB) rSo/2023 CB Davion WilliamsWestern Kentucky
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  01/10/21 - Boe WilsonrSr/2022, Western Kentucky, 6-2, 300 (DS#52 OG) + More +

  Western Kentucky announced the signing of Daewood Davis and Boe Wilson on Friday. Wilson is a 6-foot-3, 300-pound guard that comes as a graduate student after appearing in 39 games over four years for Nebraska, including 23 starts over the last three seasons. He was named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention in 2018. He was ranked among the top 10 offensive guards in the country by Scout and ESPN out of Lee's Summit West (Mo.) High School. - BG Daily News

(DS#52 OG) rSr/2022 OG Boe WilsonWestern Kentucky
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  01/09/21 - Tre ShawrJr/2022, Western Kentucky, 6-0, 185 (DS#999 FS) + More +

  Offseason changes continue for the Western Kentucky football team. The Hilltoppers on Wednesday announced the signing of defensive back Tre Shaw, and WKU confirmed to the Daily News that receiver Xavier Lane has entered the transfer portal. Shaw is a 6-foot, 190-pound redshirt junior transfer from North Carolina. The Ellenwood, Ga., native appeared in 22 games in three seasons with the Tar Heels. He recorded 19 tackles, including one for loss, and a forced fumble. - BG Daily News

(DS#999 FS) rJr/2022 FS Tre ShawWestern Kentucky
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  Western Kentucky has added two more pieces to next year's team. The Hilltoppers announced Tuesday the signing of defensive end Michael Pitts, and also got a commitment from defensive back Daewood Davis the same day, after already signing eight to next year's class. Pitts comes from Cincinnati, where he spent five years and played in 38 games total and started 22. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Stone Mountain, Ga., native recorded 77 total tackles, including 17.5 for loss with 9.5 sacks, for the Bearcats. - BG Daily News

(DS#999 DE) rSr/2022 DE Michael PittsWestern Kentucky
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