He threw for over 12,000 yards, over 100 touchdowns and finished his career with a completion percentage of 68.6%. Brandon Doughty, the man who put Western Kentucky football on the map, is now a Miami Dolphin.
The Florida native is heading home, after the Miami Dolphins took him in the seventh round, with the 223rd overall pick. While only a name folks who read sites like this, and those who are deep into the draft world (analysts, scouts, etc.) realize how good Doughty was in college in what his potential is in the NFL, hopefully he'll get his chance to shine sooner rather than later.
My immediate question is - isn't Miami happy with Ryan Tannehill? A bit on the pessimistic side, I know, but just the natural question.
Anyway, back to the positives. Doughty is the first ever WKU quarterback to be selected in the NFL draft, and is the second former Hilltopper to be taken by the Dolphins.
Also, the tandem of Doughty and Higbee makes it just the first time since 2003 two offensive players have been taken in the same draft from WKU. And, one more fun tidbit - its the third time since 2002 that multiple Hilltoppers have been drafted, and the first since 2014 when Andrew Jackson and Jonathan Dowling were taken. (Note - these tidbits come from BG Daily News' Zach Greenwell. Dowling spent time with the Dolphins last year before being signed by the Bills this season.
It's a great day for Higbee and Doughty, as well as the Hilltopper football program. Doughty didn't impress in his few national spotlights (2014 vs. Tennessee, last season vs. LSU and in the Senior Bowl), but hopefully some time in an NFL camp will change that, and I can't wait to actually care about the preseason now.
Congrats to Brandon, his family (long-time and new, as he is recently married) and WKU fans. Go Tops.