Several WKU players hope their NFL dreams come true this weekend during the NFL Draft and the ensuing free agent rush that follows. WKU players are finding great success in the early stages of WKU's transition to the FBS. WKU completed its fifth year in the FBS in 2013, having won at least seven games in year two, three and four.
Last season, three former Hilltoppers earned NFL opportunities.
Quanterus Smith was a fifth round selection of the Denver Broncos last season, but did not play in 2013 due to injury. (complete details of Smith's draft selection http://bit.ly/1inxgeL.) Smith was the fifth player in WKU history to be selected in the fifth round or better and the first Hilltopper drafted since the Cincinnati Bengals selected Jeremi Johnson in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Smith became just the 10th WKU NFL draftee in the past 30 years and the first Hilltopper drafted by the Broncos.
Jack Doyle signed a free agent deal with the Tennessee Titans before landing with the Indianapolis Colts (complete details of Doyle's signing http://bit.ly/1g8JlQP.) Doyle played in 15 games for the Indianapolis Colts with four starts in 2013. He caught five passes, including three over the final three weeks of the season.
Adam Smith also signed a free agent deal with the Tampa Bay Bucaneers, but did not make the opening day roster. (Complete details: http://bit.ly/1inxySP.)
In addition to the NFL opportunities for three Hilltoppers last season, former WKU running back Bobby Rainey continues to excel in the NFL.
Rainey has played for the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and currently the Tampa Bay Bucaneers during his time in the NFL. Rainey ran for 566 yards on 150 carries during the 2013 season with five touchdowns.
Here is a look back at some of Rainey's notable NFL stories that were featured on WKUSports.com:
Harbaughs Headline WKU to Super Bowl Connection: http://www.wkusports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/012913aaa.html
Former WKU Running Back Bobby Rainey Claims Spot On Baltimore Ravens' 53-Man Roster: http://www.wkusports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/083112aab.html
WKU's Rainey Inks Contract With Baltimore Ravens: http://www.wkusports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/051112aaa.html