2019 WKU Football Season Outlook

The Schedule

Central Arkansas (8/29)

@ Florida International (9/7)*

Louisville (9/14)**

UAB (9/28)*

@ Old Dominion (10/5)*

Army (10/12)

Charlotte (10/19)*+

@ Marshall (10/26)*

Florida Atlantic (11/2)*

@ Arkansas (11/9)

@ Southern Miss (11/23)*

Middle Tennessee (11/30)*

* Indicates C-USA matchup

** Indicates neutral site matchup

+ Indicates Homecoming matchup

The Team (Offense)

Key Returners:

  • QB Steven Duncan (108-187, 1071 yds, 9 TD, 7 INT)
  • RB Joshua Samuels (648 yds, 121 ATT, 1 TD)
  • WR Lucky Jackson (552 yds, 50 catches, 4 TD)

Key Additions:

  • WR Manuel Allen (Moreno Valley, CA)
  • WR Tyler Smith (Conyers, GA)
  • OG Jack Randolph (Franklin, KY)

The Team (Defense)

Key Returners:

  • DB Devon Key (71 TOT, 3 TFL, 3 INT)
  • DL DeAngelo Malone (60 TOT, 9 TFL, 6 sacks, 1 INT)
  • DL Juwuan Jones (42 TOT, 6 TFL, 5 sacks)

Key Additions:

  • S Clayton Bush (Bowling Green, KY)
  • OLB Celestin Haba (Scottsdale, AZ)
  • DE Stephone Atkinson (Lake Minneola, FL)

Season Outlook

WKU football should be expecting improvement under first-year head coach Tyson Helton going into the 2019 season. Coach Helton plans to bring his high-flying offense to the Hilltoppers, which racked up about 325 YPG last season with the Volunteers. The new offense will hopefully benefit returning starting quarterback Steven Duncan. Last season Tennessee’s Jarrett Guarantano threw for 1907 yards with 12 touchdowns against 3 interceptions. In comparison, Steven Duncan only threw for 1071 yards with 9 touchdowns against 7 interceptions.

Some key matchups to look forward to are a neutral site game against Louisville in Nashville, a home game against Army, and a road matchup against Arkansas. Last season the Hilltoppers nearly came away with a victory against the Cardinals on the road, but this year they’ll get a shot at them a bit closer to home.

Be on the lookout for our Game 1 Preview tomorrow, where we’ll take a closer look at the Hilltoppers first opponent, the Central Arkansas Bears.

RedZone Radio also returns to the airwaves this Sunday at 7:00pm on Revolution 91.7. Tune in for a full analysis of WKU Football’s home opener against Central Arkansas.