BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU has four players listed on Lindy’s 2013 All-Sun Belt Conference First Team and two of the top four NFL prospects in the Sun Belt Conference according to the recently released 2013 Lindy’s Sports College Football Preview.
Despite being ranked fourth in the publication’s preseason ranking of league teams, WKU had four representatives on the First Team All-SBC team in running back Antonio Andrews, linebacker Andrew Jackson, lineman Cameron Clemmons and defensive back Jonathan Dowling. WKU senior punter Hendrix Brakefield was a second team All-SBC selection by the publication.
Individually, Andrews is ranked as the number five all-purpose threat in the nation while also ranking among the top 25 running backs in the nation according to the Lindy’s Sports Player Ratings. Jackson is rated as the 11th best inside linebacker in the nation. Jackson was also rated as the top NFL talent in the league with Andrews ranking fourth.
Jackson followed up his breakout sophomore campaign with an even better showing in his junior season in 2012, leading WKU in tackles (122), forced fumbles (4) and quarterback hits (3). He was named first-team All-Sun Belt Conference for the second-straight season, leading the Hilltoppers in tackling on six different occasions, making him WKU’s leading tackler in 14 of the last 26 games he has played. His 17.5 tackles for loss ranked second on the team behind sack artist Quanterus Smith’s 18.5.
Andrews led WKU in all-purpose yards (3,161), rushing yards (1,728), touchdowns (15), scoring (90), kick return yards (726), punt return yards (234) and carries (304) in 2012. His 3,161 all-purpose yards were the most in school history and the second-highest total ever behind 1988 Heisman Trophy winner Barry Sanders. Andrews and Sanders are the only two players in NCAA history to eclipse 3,000 all-purpose yards in a single season. Andrews also broke WKU’s single-season rushing record and led the Sun Belt Conference with 1,728 yards while making WKU the fifth program in NCAA history to post three consecutive 1,500 yards rushers (Bobby Rainey 2010-11).