Williams had originally announced his intent to transfer on Dec. 18th.. Williams was a 3-star recruit to the 2018 recruiting class, coming out of Belleville, Michigan. His career numbers are staggering, throwing for 10,004 yards and 78 touchdowns in 37 games at HBU. Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, and Deshaun Watson are among the many top-tier quarterbacks who can complete passes when they are forced to release the ball in an unorthodox way. [17], Taggart at a press conference at Florida State in 2017. In 2019, O’Hara became the second quarterback in MTSU history to rush for more than 1,000 yards, and he was the first QB with more than 300 passing yards and 100 rushing yards in … Quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome doesn't put up huge numbers, but he certainly avoids the big mistakes. The following season, Taggart's team doubled the number of wins and finished with a 4–8 record. However, school president John Thrasher and athletic director Dave Coburn voiced confidence in Taggart. 3-ranked draft-eligible quarterback and the … He helped lead Clay-Chalkville High School to a pair of state championship games under head coach Jerry Hood, winning the title as a junior. [8], In January 2017, three Oregon football players were hospitalized after grueling military-style workouts. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking.Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. 10/11 BYU beat Western Kentucky 41-10 in a Halloween matchup at Lavell Edwards Stadium. “Thank you western Kentucky … He has six sacks this season along with 65 overall tackles, 11 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and eight quarterback hurries. — Elliott Pratt (@EPrattBGDN) August 20, 2019. WKU Football Announces Carlos Locklyn as Running Backs Coach, Stephen Hamby Promoted to Hilltopper Football Offensive Line Coach, Beyond the Hill: Episode 43 - Maurice Crum, Fifth-Year Coach Maurice Crum Promoted to Defensive Coordinator, Phil Steele Names 14 Hilltoppers to 2020 All-Conference USA Teams. BYU scored once more, adding a Jake Oldroyd 45-yard field goal with 58 seconds to play as the Cougars turned to backup quarterback Baylor Romney and reserves across the board in the final quarter. In the previous season he passed for 31 touchdowns and ran for 18 touchdowns as a junior. Find our latest … With the addition of Pigrome, WKU offensive coordinator Bryan Ellis adds more talent, depth and competition to a quarterback room that includes returning Hilltoppers Davis Shanley and Kevaris Thomas, as well as incoming true freshmen Darius Ocean and Grady Robison. Terry Wilson will start for the University of Kentucky football team. 5' 10" 200 lbs. He has thrown for nine touchdown passes with not a single interception. Taggart was a prep standout at Manatee High School in Bradenton, Florida, where he was a first team all-state and all-conference selection as a senior after guiding the Hurricanes to the state 5A Championship game. The message has been loud and clear throughout fall camp: this is … The Players to Watch for Western Kentucky. End of controversy, if there ever was one to be had. Pigrome was the 2015 Gatorade Alabama Player of the Year and two-time Alabama Mr. Football runner-up. In each of his last two collegiate seasons, he was a finalist for the prestigious Walter Payton Award, which is an honor given annually to the top offensive player in I-AA football. Oregon went 7-5 overall and 4-5 in the Pac-12 in 2017 with Taggart at the reins. Western Kentucky quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome was 17-of-33 passing for 180 yards and ran for a 2-yard touchdown. Additionally, the Ducks lost The Las Vegas Bowl to Boise State on December 16 with Mario Cristobal at the helm after Taggart accepted the position at Florida State. SR. Birmingham, AL. 6' 1" 195 lbs. > Western Kentucky > All Players. At all four schools, he was the first African-American to be hired as the head coach. Pigrome – a Birmingham, Ala., native – was previously with the University of Maryland, where he accumulated 2,407 total yards of offense in 34 games, seven of those being starts. PROVO, Utah – No. 9 Ohio State and at No. When he arrived, Florida State had the worst Academic Progress Rate in FBS, and was on the brink of an automatic bowl ban, which further complicated his efforts to rebuild the program. In his first season, Taggart led the Bulls to a 2–10 season. Liberty quarterback Malik Willis, an Auburn transfer, accounted for 301 yards of total offense and three touchdowns in a 30-24 victory over Western Kentucky on Saturday. Two days before Western Kentucky football faced the University of Alabama at Birmingham Saturday, the Hilltoppers head coach Tyson Helton declined to reveal the starting quarterback. A likely first-round pick, Wilson is the No. He added … He helped lead the football team to the state title his junior season and helped the school post a 26–4 record during that two-year span, while recording more than 3,000 yards passing and 975 yards on the ground. 23 Texas. Western Kentucky (5-6) meets Georgia State (5-4) in the 22nd annual bowl game, with both teams featuring quarterbacks who hail from the state of Alabama. As a senior, Duncan threw for over 3,000 yards and connected on 26 touchdown passes and was named to the All-Lowcountry second team. As a true freshman for the Terrapins in 2016, Pigrome appeared in 11 games – including a start vs. Minnesota – totaling 322 yards passing and two touchdowns. WKU has gained an additional signal-caller for the upcoming season one day removed from the 39-21 LendingTree Bowl loss to Georgia State . Overall, Pigrome completed 69-of-118 passes for 719 yards and three touchdowns. [16] The 5-year contract would pay Taggart $750,000 annually with a $3M buyout if Taggart leaves before December 1, 2022. Return to Top; Players. BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Graduate transfer quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome has signed with WKU Football, it was announced Sunday afternoon. He also worked alongside Harbaugh's son Jim,[4] who had been an unpaid certified assistant coach under his father in the final years of his NFL career. Second-year head coach Tyson Helton and the 2020 Hilltoppers will face a wire-to-wire grind, as nine of the team's 11 FBS opponents competed in a bowl game in 2019. The Hilltoppers capped their 2019 campaign with a 23-20 thriller over Western Michigan in the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl to improve to 9-4, tripling the team's win total from 2018 (3-9) while matching the number of victories from the previous two years combined (9-16). Florida State fans were not used to staying home for bowl season, and there were numerous calls for Taggart's firing. They were not invited to a bowl for the first time since the end of the 1981 season, breaking the longest active bowl appearance streak in FBS. WKU inks quarterback Bailey Zappe for 2021. The younger Harbaugh also gave Taggart responsibility for recruiting in Taggart's home state of Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, and Riverside County, California. The change of schemes as well as the development of his first two recruiting classes provided the team with much needed energy and depth of positions. WKU's six-win improvement from 2018 to 2019 tied for the third-best in FBS, behind only Navy (eight) and Central Michigan (seven). The highlight of that season was a 24-yard, game-winning touchdown rush in a 30-24, double-overtime victory at UCF on his first play after coming in as an injury replacement. WKU is expected to return 16 of its 22 offensive and defensive starters, along with two of the Hilltoppers' three specialists. For the removal of Taggart, Florida State had to pay over $20M in buyouts, including about $18M to Taggart after the firing and over $4M paid to Oregon at his hiring ($3M to end Taggart's contract with Oregon and additional $1.3M Oregon still owe South Florida for hiring Taggart away). [6] However, Taggart did not coach in this bowl game having already accepted the head coaching position of the South Florida Bulls on December 7, 2012.[7]. The Western Kentucky Roster. On December 7, 2012, Taggart took over as head coach at the University of South Florida in his native Tampa Bay area. The hiring came several years after Oregon’s passing of House Bill 3118, which requires state-funded schools to interview qualified minority candidates for top coaching and athletic administration positions.[11]. Sammamish, WA. : Duncan prepped at Ashley Ridge High School under coach Kenneth Walker. Taggart served in that role for the next two seasons, developing Doak Walker Award winner and Heisman runner-up Toby Gerhart into a star during that time. [15], On December 11, 2019, two days after Lane Kiffin resigned from FAU and accepted the head coach position at Ole Miss, FAU announced the hiring of Taggart as the school's next head coach. I have addressed the issue with our strength and conditioning staff, and I fully support the actions taken today by the university. Pigrome earned the starting quarterback job going into his sophomore season of 2017, but suffered a season-ending injury in the second half of a 51-41 victory at No. Jones RB: Noah Whittington RB: Kevaris Thomas QB: Malik Staples RB: Mitchell Tinsley WR: Darius Ocean QB: Craig Burt Jr. WR: Total In 2012, Taggart led WKU once again to a bowl-eligible record of 7–5. Visit ESPN to view the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers team roster for the current season. There's a simple reason for that. Western Kentucky picked up a big addition to their roster on Sunday in Houston Baptist's record-setting quarterback Bailey Zappe. Western Kentucky: Dayton Wade WR (ques), Xavier Lane WR (ques), Kevaris Thomas QB (out) Georgia State: No injuries to report. Taggart was fired after the first nine games of the 2019 season. He has a QB Rating of 115.2thus far this season. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers starting quarterbacks, Western Kentucky Hilltoppers head football coaches, South Florida Bulls head football coaches, Florida State Seminoles head football coaches, Florida Atlantic Owls head football coaches, 2002 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football—NCAA Division I-AA national champions, "How much is FAU paying Willie Taggart? Pigrome appeared in 11 games as a redshirt sophomore in 2018, playing the majority of the final three contests and starting the last two. The Ducks beat Nebraska, Arizona and rival Oregon State. BYU quarterback Zach Wilson will enter the NFL draft, he announced Friday. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers quarterback Davis Shanley (12) runs the ball in the fourth quarter during the NCAA football game between the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on August 31. was previously with the University of Maryland, video platform powered by CBS Sports Digital. [9] Multiple sources described the workouts to the Oregonian as "akin to military basic training, with one said to include up to an hour of continuous push-ups and up-downs. When Jim Harbaugh was named head coach of the Stanford Cardinal football team following the 2006 season, he hired Taggart as his running backs coach. For Western Kentucky’s roster, they have quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome who is a senior with notable experience. He has thrown 0 interceptions. “As the head football coach, I hold myself responsible for all of our football-related activities and the safety of our students must come first. BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Graduate transfer quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome has signed with WKU Football, it was announced Sunday afternoon. [13][14], Following a 4-5 start to the 2019 season, Taggart was fired during mid-season in November 2019. MIAMI (AP) Brandon Doughty's left arm is covered in tattoos. Quarterback Zach Wilson finished the night with 224 passing yards going 18 for 32 with three touchdowns and one interception. Taggart finished fourth in the balloting in 1997 and seventh as a senior the following year. They were bested by UCLA, Stanford and Washington. On Sunday, Williams announced that he will be transferring to Western Kentucky. Dec 1, 2020 0 Western Kentucky redshirt sophomore quarterback Kevaris Thomas looks downfield to pass Saturday against UAB during the Hilltoppers’ 37-14 loss in Birmingham, Ala. In 2010, Taggart left his position at Stanford as the running backs coach in order to become the head football coach of his alma-mater, Western Kentucky. This past fall, in … (AP) — Ty Storey had a dramatic effect on Arkansas’ fortunes last year. In 2014, the QB recorded 2,589 passing yards and 29 touchdowns. Although having a winning record, they were not invited to a bowl game that year. Marshall's Channing Hames (94) brings down Western Kentucky quarterback Ty Storey (4) during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, in Huntington, W.Va. (Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch via AP) FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. He had completed 9-of-12 passes for two touchdowns, while rushing 11 times for 64 yards and one score. On December 5, 2017, Taggart accepted the head coaching job at Florida State, replacing Jimbo Fisher. HS/Misc. In 2011, Taggart led WKU to a 7–5 season, where the Hilltoppers lost the first 4 games of the season, but then won 7 of their last 8 games. BYU 41, Western Kentucky 10. Pigrome – a Birmingham, Ala., native – was previously with the University of Maryland, where he accumulated 2,407 total yards of offense in 34 games, seven of those being starts. I want to thank our medical staff and doctors for caring for all of our young men, and I want to apologize to the university, our students, alumni and fans.”, Taggart's hiring at Oregon drew attention to the low number of African American head coaches in major college football (14 out of 128 schools). "[10] Taggart personally visited the ill and hospitalized players to wish them a speedy recovery. A few end-game notes: Western Kentucky held a 33:04-26:56 edge in time of possession Football Willie Taggart[2] (born August 27, 1976) is an American football college coach who is the head coach at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). Tyrrell Pigrome QB: Jakairi Moses RB: C.J. Western Kentucky redshirt junior quarterback Davis Shanley has entered the transfer portal, he announced via Twitter and WKU confirmed to the Daily News on Monday. Why Western Kentucky can cover. An All-American as a senior, he was also the 1998 I-AA Independents’ Offensive Player of the Year.