Bowling Green, Ky. — The Western Kentucky University football program has voted on its captains for the 2007 season as the Hilltoppers get set for their final game of the year Saturday at North Texas. Seniors Curtis Hamilton, Chris James, Andre Lewis, Clay Stephens and Zach Thuney were selected by their teammates following last week’s 52-12 victory over Morehead State in the home finale.
Hamilton, a 6-foot, 195-pound native of West Paducah, Ky., has become the school’s all-time leader in both catches and receiving yards with 142 and 2,251, respectively, in the last two weeks. He leads the Toppers with 59 receptions for 800 yards and four touchdowns in 2007, and he also paces the squad with 1,261 all-purpose yards. Hamilton has recorded three 100-yard games this fall, accomplishing the feat in each of the last two contests after collecting seven receptions for 134 yards and two scores in the win over MSU.
James set a new WKU scoring record with 290 career points in last week’s victory, as he has scored a team-high 76 points this season. The 6-foot, 195-pound Fayetteville, Ga., resident, tied the school mark with his 49th career field goal against the Eagles as he finished with 10 points in the game, the third time this year that he has recorded 10 or more points in a contest. James’ 12 field goals and 40 extra points this fall both rank in the top 10 on the Hilltoppers’ season record list.
A 6-foot-1, 210-pound linebacker, Lewis leads the team with 98 total stops entering the season finale, leaving him two shy of recording triple digits in the category for the first time in his career. He has paced the Toppers in tackles in each of the last seven games, collecting 10 or more on five occasions during that stretch, while recording seven stops for loss in the last five contests. The Madison, Tenn., native also paces the squad with 10.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage and 3.5 sacks.
Stephens, who hails from Somerset, Ky., has been credited with 23 tackles in his final season, which is not only a career high but six more than he recorded in the last two years combined. A 5-foot-8, 185-pound defensive back, Stephens was voted team captain prior to two games this fall and was selected the coaches’ Special Teams Player of the Week on two occasions. He collected a career-best seven tackles in his first-ever start at Bowling Green this year.
Thuney, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound offensive lineman, has graded out at 90 percent or better in six of WKU’s 11 games this season with a high mark of 96 percent following back-to-back victories over Indiana State and North Carolina Central as well as after last week’s MSU win. A native of Dayton, Ohio, he has been credited with a double-digit knockdown block total against both Eastern Kentucky and NCCU, as he enters his final game with a career-best 84 pancakes. Thuney was chosen as a game captain on three occasions in ’07.
Kickoff in Denton Saturday is scheduled for 3 p.m. (CST).