Phil Steele Publications announced its 2020 All-Conference USA Teams this week, and 14 WKU Football players were among those listed by the outlet. The Hilltoppers’ 14 total ranks second among the C-USA teams, behind only UAB’s 16.
On the First Team for the second straight season was defensive end DeAngelo Malone, who recorded 71 total tackles – including 11 for loss – with six sacks, nine quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and two blocked kicks.
The Hilltoppers placed five on the Second Team: offensive guard Jordan Meredith, linebacker Kyle Bailey, defensive tackle Ricky Barber, safety Devon Key and cornerback Dionté Ruffin.
On the Third Team were tight end Joshua Simon, defensive tackle Jeremy Darvin, safety Antwon Kincade, punter John Haggerty and kicker Brayden Narveson. Rounding out the WKU honorees on the Fourth Team were offensive tackle Cole Spencer, linebacker Eli Brown and nickelback Trae Meadows.
The Hilltoppers finished the 2020 campaign with a 5-7 overall record, including a 39-21 loss to Georgia State in the 22nd Annual LendingTree Bowl. WKU has made a bowl in seven of the last nine seasons, posting a 4-3 record in those games.
WKU is slated to begin the 2021 campaign vs. UT Martin on Sept. 4. Other non-conference games include away games at Army and Michigan State, as well as a home contest vs. Indiana. The C-USA portion of the Hilltoppers’ 2021 schedule is set to be released in the coming weeks.
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