Malone Headlines 10 Hilltoppers on Athlon Sports Preseason All-CUSA Teams – WKU Athletics
Steve Roberts, WKU Athletics
2021 Athlon Sports Preseason All-Conference USA Teams
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU Football had 10 players named to the 2021 Athlon Sports Preseason All-Conference USA Teams, the outlet announced this week. The Hilltoppers had five offensive players, three on defense and two specialists. WKU’s 10 total representatives are the sixth-most among the league’s 14 teams.
On the First Team is defensive end DeAngelo Malone, who was also a 2020 Preseason First Teamer. The senior chose to exercise his fifth year of eligibility in 2021, looking to build upon his already-storied Hilltopper career. The Atlanta, Ga., native set the program’s FBS Era (since 2009) record with 25 career sacks. With 42.5 tackles for loss, he stands only 0.5 behind Andrew Jackson for that record as well.
WKU placed five on the Second Team, including punter John Haggerty III, kicker Brayden Narveson, tight end Joshua Simon, offensive tackle Cole Spencer and quarterback Bailey Zappe.
Safety Antwon Kincade made it on the Third Team, while the Fourth Team included three Hilltoppers in offensive tackle Mason Brooks, defensive tackle Jeremy Darvin and wide receiver Mitchell Tinsley.
The Hilltoppers held their annual Spring Game on Saturday, April 17 to conclude WKU’s month of spring practices. The team will turn their focus to summer workouts and prepare for fall practices. The 2021 season is set to begin on Thursday, September 2 as the Hilltoppers host UT Martin at 7 p.m. CT.