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 Draft Scout College Football Player News: Western 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) Jr/2023 OLB Niko CooperWestern Kentucky
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  After three seasons and 33 games, Georgia Tech safety Kaleb Oliver will leave the Yellow Jackets as a graduate transfer. Oliver, who started four games this past season, made the announcement Thursday. Oliver was part of a talented secondary, mostly playing nickel back the past two seasons for defensive coordinator Andrew Thacker. He started six games as a sophomore in 2019, finishing seventh on the team with 39 tackles, as well as six passes defensed, tied for second on the team. In 2020, he played in nine games, starting four, and was credited with 32 tackles, eighth on the team. Four of the tackles were for loss. - Atlanta Journal Constitution

(DS#999 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB Kaleb OliverWestern Kentucky
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  San Diego State sophomore Carson Baker, who opened the 2020 season as SDSU's starting quarterback, is leaving the program. Baker, a Helix High graduate, is the second SDSU quarterback to go into the portal in the past week, following Mark Salazar, a graduate transfer from Rancho Bernardo High. The departures of Baker and Salazar, who did not play during his four years in the program, leaves juniors Lucas Johnson and Jordon Brookshire to compete for the position with newcomers Jalen Mayden, a sophomore transfer from Mississippi State, and William Haskell, a freshman from Glendale (Ariz.) Ironwood High. - San Diego Union Tribune

(DS#999 QB) rJr/2023 QB Carson BakerWestern 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#2 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB DeAngelo MaloneWestern Kentucky
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  01/17/21 - Gaej WalkerrSr/2022, Western Kentucky, 5-11, 195 (DS#81 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#81 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) rJr/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) rJr/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) rJr/2023 CB Davion WilliamsWestern Kentucky
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  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#101 OG) rSr/2022 OG Boe WilsonWestern Kentucky
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  01/09/21 - Tre ShawrSr/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) rSr/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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  Former Oregon receiver/cornerback Daewood Davis landed a new home in the FBS in just three days. Davis, who entered the transfer portal on Saturday, announced his commitment to Western Kentucky on Tuesday. The Hollywood, Florida, native had nine catches for 89 yards and two tackles in 2019 and a 13-yard catch in 2018. - The Oregonian

(DS#999 CB) rSr/2022 CB Daewood DavisWestern Kentucky
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  2020 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DE-DeAngelo Malone, Sr., WKU,...Malone - who was the 2019 C-USA Defensive Player of the Year - put up another productive year on The Hill and earned a spot on the First Team. The Atlanta, Ga., native had 65 total tackles - including 11 for loss - with six sacks, eight quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and even a blocked field goal. His 65 tackles rank second in FBS among defensive linemen, while his 11 tackles for loss rank second in C-USA and his six sacks stand tied for third. - Western Kentucky Football

(DS#2 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB DeAngelo MaloneWestern Kentucky
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  2020 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): P-John Haggerty, R-So., WKU,...Haggerty made an immediate impact on The Hill in 2019, setting the program's all-time punting average with 45.9 yards per boot (45 for 2,064 total yards) and earning C-USA First Team honors. He set the standard once again in his second year, upping that mark to 46.0 yards per punt (53 for 2,436 total yards). The Sydney, Australia, native earned C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week honors after an 8-punt, 426-yard (53.3 average) career day vs. FIU. - Western Kentucky Football

(DS#2 P) rSr/2022 P John HaggertyWestern Kentucky
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