Summer Scouting is a daily weekday post analyzing LSU football’s 12 opponents for the 2015 season. From McNeese State (June 29) to Texas A&M (July 11), we’ll give you an early scouting report on the one dozen teams on LSU’s schedule.
When: TBA, Oct. 24
Where: Tiger Stadium
Early spread: N/A
Who’s before and after: Florida and Bye (at Alabama)
Western Kentucky at a glance
Coach (year): Jeff Brohm (2nd)
2014 record: 8-5 (4-4 3rd Conference-USA East)
2014 postseason: Won Bahamas Bowl, 49-48, vs. Central Mich.
Returning starters: 16 (8 offense, 8 defense)
Preseason prediction: 69th nationally, 1st C-USA East
Big things expected: The Hilltoppers are revving up for what’s expected to be a breakout season in Brohm’s second year. The former WKU offensive coordinator has at his disposal the point-scoring pieces left behind by Bobby Petrino – specifically at quarterback, Brandon Doughty, and running back, Leon Allen. The two helped WKU become the first FBS team with a 4,500-yard passer and 1,500-yard rusher last season. The Hilltoppers also return three of their top four receivers from a season ago, including fifth-year senior Jared Dangerfield (69 catches, 825 yards in 2014). It’s easy to see why the squad is picked by most to win its division.
QB Brandon Doughty: A sixth-year senior, Doughty enters this season after a historic 2014 campaign. Only five quarterbacks since 1956 have thrown for more touchdowns than Doughty’s 49 last year, and only 15 quarterbacks since 1956 have thrown for more yards than Doughty’s 4,830. In 2015, he’ll be throwing behind a somewhat shuffled offensive line, where just one position seems set. Still, Doughty and WKU’s prolific passing offense is sure to have success. The guy threw a TD every 11.2 attempts last season.
Defense: WKU’s D ranked 120th among 125 FBS schools last season, allowing a whopping 509 yards a game. A positive is that the unit returns eight starters and gets the addition of UAB transfer Jontavious Morris, a 6-2, 300-pound senior from Georgia.
Previous posts and coming posts
Monday: McNeese State
Tuesday: Mississippi State
Friday: Eastern Michigan
Saturday: South Carolina
Tuesday: Western Kentucky
Friday: Ole Miss
Saturday: Texas A&M