Former Hilltoppers show off talent in all-star games

WKU’s quarterback Brandon Doughty (12) celebrates a touchdown during the Hilltopper’s 45-35 win over the University of South Florida in the Miami Beach Bowl on Monday at Marlins Park in Miami, Fl. Mike Clark/HERALD

Jonah Phillips

Former WKU quarterback Brandon Doughty and wide receiver Jared Dangerfield had the opportunity to showcase their talents to NFL scouts in the 2016 East-West Shrine Game last Saturday in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The East Team fell to the West Team 23-9, but Dangerfield still managed to increase his draft stock among scouts with six receptions for 104 total yards.

Doughty finished with an 11 of 17 passing mark for 87 yards but threw two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.

Despite his uneven performance, Doughty is still considered a mid-round prospect in the draft, falling anywhere between the fourth and sixth rounds according to

Most of the offensive production for the West Team did not come from Doughty, who led the squad in attempts with 17, but from Vernon Adams Jr., formerly of the Oregon Ducks, who raked in 191 yards off just six for nine passing with three touchdowns.

Adams Jr. finished the contest with an overall QB rating of 149.3. Former Indiana quarterback Nathan Sudfield finished with a rating of 80.9, and Doughty rated just 37.7.

While Dangerfield held the second-most targets with nine, second-most yards with 84 and was tied for second most receptions with five, former Illinois wide receiver Germino Allison led with 11 targets, six receptions and two touchdowns while nabbing 68 yards.

Purdue wide out Danny Anthrop led in yards, receiving with 120 off five receptions.

Previous members of WKU’s offense were not the only former Hilltoppers in postseason action; cornerback Prince Charles Iworah competed in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Carson, California.

In the contest the American team of which Iworah was a part fell to the National squad 18-17.

However, over the course of the game, Iworah registered two tackles and a key pass breakup.

Former tight end Tyler Higbee was slated to compete in the Reese’s Senior Bowl, but he was pulled from the squad as he continues to recover from the knee injury he first received against North Texas.

Higbee is still highly touted by ESPN, Fox Sports and The media outlets recognize him as WKU’s strongest overall NFL draft prospect this year.

Hilltoppers who hope to be picked up in the NFL draft or in free agency will only have a few more chances to impress scouts; WKU’s pro day and the league’s scouting combine are coming up soon.