Bowling Green, Ky. (WBKO) --- Seven former WKU Hilltoppers took the next step forward in the pursuit of a career in professional football as they worked through the program’s annual Pro Day on Wednesday.
“I’ve been dreaming about this since I was a little kid,” said defensive back DeAndre Farris, a captain on the 2018 squad. “I just wanted to come out here and showcase my talents, showcase my athletic ability to the scouts, and have fun.”
WKU’s Pro Day has become an annual event for NFL scouts to attend with NFL draft selections each of the past three years and five of the last six years dating back to 2013. The Hilltoppers are currently represented in the NFL by nine former players as well as in the Canadian Football League and newly formed Alliance of American Football.
On Wednesday, the seven participating Hilltoppers made their cases to add to WKU’s growing list of representatives in professional football.
“I was just trying to let (the scouts) know that, ‘Hey, I’m your guy,’ and I was very proactive about it,” added tight end Mik’Quan Deane. “Whatever they want me to do, whatever they need me to do, I’ll do it.” Deane is aiming to become WKU’s fourth tight end to join the active NFL ranks alongside Deon Yelder (Kansas City), Tyler Higbee (Los Angeles Rams) and Jack Doyle (Indianapolis Colts).
It was also a welcomed opportunity for head coach Tyson Helton to reconnect with many of the former players he knew as freshmen and sophomores when Helton served as the Hilltoppers’ offensive coordinator in 2014 and 2015.
“I love the fact that our guys have the opportunity to go on to the next level,” Helton said. “As we move forward, we want to put more and more guys into the NFL. We’ve had a good history of doing that. As we move forward in the years to come, we’re looking forward to some new high draft picks.”
WKU’s Pro Day participants included: TE Mik’Quan Deane, DB DeAndre Farris, RB D’Andre Ferby, DB Drell Greene, DL Julien Lewis, DL Evan Sayner, and LB Masai Whyte.