BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Three WKU Hilltoppers have received invitations to collegiate all-star games this week, including the Reese’s Senior Bowl, East-West Shrine Game, NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and the Medal of Honor Bowl.
Running back and All-American candidate Antonio Andrews accepted the program’s third-ever Reese’s Senior Bowl invitation, becoming the second Hilltopper in as many years to attend the game. Former tight end Jack Doyle was added to the roster last season.
Andrews completed the 2013 regular season on a high note, breaking his own single-season rushing record with 1,730 yards and a Sun Belt-best 16 rushing touchdowns, becoming just the 11th player in NCAA FBS history to tally consecutive 1,700 yard rushing seasons. Andrews was named a Mid-Season All-American by Phil Steele, CBS Sports and Sports Illustrated while finishing the regular season as the No. 4 rusher in the nation. Andrews’ 25 consecutive games of 125 or more all-purpose yards is the longest active streak and his 21 career 100 yard rushing games are a WKU school record and tied for the active career lead in the FBS.
The Reese’s Senior Bowl will be held Jan. 25 in Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.
Linebacker Andrew Jackson has also received an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game, held Jan. 18 in St. Petersburg, Fla., as well as the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, also on Jan. 18 in Los Angeles.
Jackson was the No. 2 tackler for the Hilltoppers this season and led the team in tackles the previous two seasons. He finished the 2013 regular season with 95 total tackles (55 solo) to go along with 8.5 tackles for loss and one sack while adding five quarterback hurries and two pass breakups. For his career, Jackson has 326 career tackles and 43 tackles for loss.
Jackson’s partner in the linebacking corps, Xavius Boyd, also picked up an invitation to the inaugural Medal of Honor Bowl, held Jan. 11 at Johnson Hagood Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina.
Boyd enjoyed a breakout 2013 campaign, leading the team and all Sun Belt defenders in tackles for loss (15.5) and sacks (8.5) while also pacing the Hilltoppers with 103 total tackles (68 solo). He added a pair of pass breakups and forced one fumble on the season.
Boyd was a three-time conference defensive player of the week, becoming the first player in SBC history to earn the same honor in three consecutive weeks.
WKU finished the regular season with an FBS school record eight wins and closed the year on a four-game winning streak. The team also set a new school record for total offense (5,502 yards) and passing first downs (141) in a season.