Fifteen Hilltoppers nab All-Conference USA honors

WKU gets ready for their game against the University of Illinois Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. Mike Clark/HERALD

Jonah Phillips

Conference USA announced on Tuesday that 15 Hilltoppers were named to the All-Conference and All-Freshman teams, which marks a new FBS high for the program. The honors came at the end of a 7-5 campaign that earned the team a bid to the Bahamas Bowl.

A total of 41 Hilltoppers have earned postseason league recognition during a stretch of four-consecutive bowl eligible seasons. The only teams to notch more honorees in the conference were east & west division champions Marshall and Louisiana Tech.   

WKU’s 2014 All-Conference USA honorees:

All-Conference USA Second Team:

Brandon Doughty, QB, R-Sr.

Leon Allen, RB, Jr.

Jared Dangerfield, WR, R-Jr.

Cameron Clemmons, OL, R-Sr.

Wonderful Terry, DB, Jr.

All-Conference USA Honorable Mention:

Forrest Lamp, OL, R-So.

Mitchell Henry, TE, Sr.

Taywan Taylor, WR, So.

Nick Holt, LB, Jr.

Cam Thomas, DB, R-Sr.

Garrett Schwettman, K, Jr.

Nolan Dowling, LS, R-So.

All-Conference USA Freshman Team:

Brandon Ray, OL

Derik Overstreet, DL

Kylen Towner, PR

WKU’s offense placed four individuals on the All-Conference USA Second Team, led by redshirt senior Quarterback Brandon Doughty — the nation’s leader in touchdown passes (44) and passing yards (4,344).

Doughty established 14 WKU single-game, single-season and career records during his redshirt senior season. He also set C-USA single-game records with 593 yards at Middle Tennessee and six touchdown passes in one half during a win at Marshall.

Junior running back Leon Allen also made the list, tallying 1,490 rushing yards and leading Conference USA with 1,921 yards from scrimmage. Allen set a C-USA single-game record with 345 rushing yards against Army.

Junior wide receiver Jared Dangerfield also captured league recognition after securing 10 touchdowns and totaling 738 yards during his first season on the Hill.

Sophomore receiver Taywan Taylor and senior tight end Mitchell Henry also earned Honorable Mention distinction.

Senior offensive lineman Cameron Clemmons earned second-team honors, leading an offensive line that paved the way for 42 team and individual offensive records. Clemmons started every game of his senior campaign at right tackle.

Fellow lineman, sophomore Forrest Lamp, earned Honorable Mention All-Conference honors for the second-straight season after grading out as WKU’s top lineman in 2014. Freshman Brandon Ray joined the above linemen in recognition as he was selected to the All-Freshman team.

Wonderful Terry, who ranks second in the nation with three defensive touchdowns this season, grabbed second-team accolades to highlight WKU’s defensive representation on the All-Conference USA teams.

Senior defensive back Cam Thomas and junior linebacker Nick Holt secured Honorable Mention recognition while Derik Overstreet earned All-Freshman distinction.

Junior kicker Garrett Schwettman and redshirt sophomore long snapper Nolan Dowling earned Honorable Mention honors while Kylen Towner was selected as the All-Freshman Team punt returner.

Schwettman led C-USA kickers with 111 points in the regular season, finishing the regular season just seven points short of setting the Hilltopper single-season points record.  

Conference USA will release its individual awards on Wednesday afternoon. Doughty is up for Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year while Dangerfield is in the running for C-USA Newcomer of the Year.