Western Kentucky quarterback Steven Duncan was arrested Sunday morning on a charge of driving under the influence.
The WKU Herald reports that Duncan was booked at 2:43 on Sunday morning and, in addition to DUI, was charged with failure to produce insurance and failure to illuminate his headlights. “We are aware of the situation and currently gathering more information,” the program told the Herald. “We take this matter very seriously as a football program.”
Duncan is a redshirt sophomore from Charleston, S.C. He completed 2-of-2 passes for two yards as a redshirt freshman in 2017, and is in open competition with fifth-year senior Drew Eckles, Davis Shanley and Graydon Kulick to replace the graduated Mike White as starting quarterback. White threw for 4,177 yards with 26 touchdowns against eight interceptions in head coach Mike Sanford‘s first season.
WKU concluded its spring on Saturday with a 92-play scrimmage.
“Spring game, beautiful day, great to have the fan base out here, it was a fun game,” Sanford said. “Obviously, it wasn’t a traditional spring game, tackle, playing with two true teams, but the work we wanted to get out of it we absolutely got out of it. We got 92 plays in the scrimmage. We wanted to make sure every single person on our roster got a rep today and that was good to see. Overall, I’m pleased with what I saw.”
Quinton Baker‘s ofttimes turbulent career at Western Kentucky has run its course.
In a statement Saturday, WKU announced that, “[d]ue to consistent violation of team rules… Baker is no longer a member of the WKU Football program and was removed from the team’s roster on Friday.” On his personal Twitter account, Baker wrote that “I learned a lot about myself as well as the game of football and life.”
“Im [sic] walking away a better athlete and a better young man,” the running back added.
Baker also posted a letter from the WKU athletic compliance department, which lays out the schools to which he will be barred from transferring. Those programs include any in Conference USA, as well the teams on its 2018 non-conference schedule — Louisville, Wisconsin, Ball State and Maine of the FCS.
In two years with the Hilltoppers, Baker has rushed for 775 yards and five touchdowns, adding another 134 yards and a touchdown on 17 receptions. As a true freshman in 2016, Baker’s 542 yards rushing were second on the team; he was third in 2017 with 233 yards.
That on-field production, however, was mitigated by off-field woes.
In April of 2016, Baker was arrested for driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. In June of last year, he was one of six WKU football players indicted in connection to an assault outside of a frat house; he ultimately pleaded guilty to a pair of misdemeanors.
As a result of that incident, Baker was suspended for the 2017 opener against Eastern Kentucky.
It had been thought that, despite moving on from Kentucky, Eli Brown could very well end up staying in the commonwealth. This weekend, those thoughts proved prophetic.
On his personal Twitter account Saturday evening, Brown confirmed that he would be continuing his collegiate playing career at Western Kentucky. The announcement comes almost exactly six weeks after the linebacker had confirmed he would be transferring from Kentucky.
A four-star member of UK’s 2015 recruiting class, Brown was rated as the No. 20 outside linebacker in the country and the No. 2 player at any position in the state of Kentucky according to 247Sports.com. Brown was the highest-rated player in the Wildcats’ class that year.
After taking a redshirt as a true freshman, Brown played in 12 games in 2016. Because of injuries to others, the 6-2, 215-pound redshirt sophomore started five games this past season and was seemingly in line for significant playing time in 2018 prior to his decision to transfer.
Mike Sanford is getting back to the roots that helped him land his first head-coaching job in the first place.
Last season, Junior Adams served as the offensive coordinator at Western Kentucky in addition to his duties as wide receivers coach. While he will maintain those continue carrying those titles in 2018, the Bowling Green Daily News reports, Sanford will take over as the game-day play-caller. Prior to coming to WKU, Sanford was the coordinator at both Notre Dame (2015-16) and Boise State (2-14).
Last season, the Hilltoppers were 89th nationally and 10th in Conference USA in scoring at 25.5 points per game.
In addition to Sanford taking over as the primary play-caller, the school also noted on its official website that “Sanford intends to take a more hands-on approach to the quarterbacks this season and will be aided with the addition of Matthew Mitchell as quarterbacks coach.” Last season, Mitchell was an offensive graduate assistant for the Hilltoppers.
The need for a new quarterbacks coach arose after Steve Spurrier Jr. left in February for a job at Washington State.
The 2018 season is still six (long) months away, but Arkansas has done some finishing work on a future slate.
Arkansas announced Tuesday that it has reached a scheduling agreement for a one-off football game against Western Kentucky in 2019. The game is scheduled to be played in Fayetteville on Nov. 9 of that year, and completes the Razorbacks’ schedule for that season.
The announcement also included a future home-and-home men’s basketball series between the universities.
“We are always looking for compelling matchups in our football and men’s basketball schedules, and adding the Arkansas Razorbacks is a very exciting addition for both programs,” WKU athletic director Todd Stewart said in a statement. “The proximity of Arkansas to Bowling Green will also enable our fans to travel to Fayetteville and experience unique men’s basketball and football environments.”
The 2019 game will mark the first-ever between the two football program.
In addition to Western Kentucky, Arkansas’ 2019 non-conference schedule will consist of home games against FCS Portland State (Sept. 1), Colorado State (Sept. 14) and San Jose State (Sept. 21).