Western Kentucky head coach Jeff Brohm was dealt the task of finding someone to fill Brandon Doughty’s shoes under center this offseason. Finally, he’s found Doughty’s benefactor, as Mike White has been named the Hilltoppers’ starter for 2016.
“Mike has done a nice job preparing himself for this moment and operates our offense well,” Brohm said, via the Louisville Courier-Journal. “All three of our veteran quarterbacks worked extremely hard and will be prepared if we call their number. On Thursday, Mike will be our starter and I’m excited for his potential to lead our team.”
Western Kentucky used Doughty’s play en route to its springboard up the Conference USA ladder. Replacing a quarterback who threw for nearly 100 touchdowns over a two-year span wasn’t going to be easy, and things got even more difficult when projected starter Nelson Fishback suffered a pectoral injury in the summer.
White edged fellow transfer Tyler Ferguson (Louisville) as well as Drew Eckles for the job under center. The redshirt junior played sporadically for the South Florida Bulls back during the 2013 and 2014 seasons, throwing 11 touchdowns to 16 interceptions for a rather shoddy offense. Now, he’ll be playing in an uptempo offense that brings back a few faces from last season.
The Hilltoppers and White will be led by senior wide receiver Taywan Taylor, who lagged behind only Baylor’s Corey Coleman in the touchdown category (17) last season. Also back is wide receiver Nicholas Norris, who is expected to take on a bigger role with the losses of Jared Dangerfield, Antwane Grant, and Tyler Higbee.