Bowling Green, Ky. — Five Hilltoppers — all Kentucky natives — have been named team captains for the Western Kentucky University football team’s game at Kentucky this Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium. Seniors Ben Sowders, Travis Watters and Brad Cloud, junior Blake Boyd and sophomore K.J. Black will serve in the role against the Wildcats.
Saturday’s contest — the first ever between the Hilltoppers and the Wildcats — will be televised locally on WBKO-ABC at 6 p.m. (CDT). The broadcast is also available on ESPN GamePlan.
Sowders and Watters will be serving as captains for the second time this season, and both rank among the team leaders on defense. Sowders — a native of Bowling Green — has tallied 14 total tackles through four games, including 3.5 tackles for loss and a sack. He led WKU with seven stops in last week’s home opener against Murray State. Watters currently stands third on the team with 22 tackles — including 15 solo stops. The Louisville, Ky., product has also recorded a pair of pass break ups and an interception. Watters also was one of four team captains a week ago against Murray State.
Boyd, a junior linebacker from Madisonville, Ky., will also be serving as a captain for the second time this season. He has registered 24 total tackles on the season, including five tackles for loss and a sack though four games. Boyd also accounted for the first defensive touchdown of the season for WKU last week when he returned a interception 25 yards for a score against the Racers.
Another member of the Topper defense, Cloud has also seen action in all four games this season, averaging two tackles per contest. This week’s game in Lexington will be a bit of a homecoming for the senior linebacker, as he is from nearby Danville, Ky.
Black will be making his return to the field this week after suffering an injury late in the first quarter at Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 6. The Louisville product started the first two games of the season under center, completing 63 percent of his passes (24-for-38) for 269 yards and a touchdown. That includes a career-best 219 passing yards at Indiana in the season opener.
The Hilltoppers come into Saturday’s game 2-2 on the year, and are fresh off a 50-9 win over Murray State last week. Kentucky (3-0) had a bye last week.