Brandon Doughty garnering national honors after explosive first week


It should be no surprise that WKU quarterback Brandon Doughty was going to be recognized by someone, anyone, come the end of the first week of the college football season, but it might surprise some of you to see how much he has been recognized, and the company he shares.

Doughty, along with Texas A&M QB Kenny Hillwas named Quarterback Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards panel, after setting all sorts of offensive records for WKU in the win over Bowling Green State. Brandon also got mentions from USA Today, in which his picture was the picture to the article, and CBS Sports, both noting that he (along with Hill and Washington State’s Connor Halliday) all had games of 500+ yards passing and there were only eight of them in all of 2013.

Doughty will enter week two as the NCAA’s leader in passing yards (569), total offense (567), points (36), passing touchdowns (6) and completions (46), while the Hilltopper offense will come in as national leaders in first downs.

Not shockingly, Doughty was named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week as well, along with UTSA linebacker Jens Jeters and FIU punt returner Richard Leonard.

Doughty will look to have another big game against Illinois come Saturday, and a defense that gave up 177 yards on only 11 completions to Youngstown State. I’m guessing that if Illinois underestimates the Tops (which, especially coming off a 59 point performance, is going to be hard to do), Doughty will be in for another career day.