Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 2023 Highlights: Austin Reed, Malachi Corley An Elite 1-2 Punch

    Austin Reed certainly highlights the top we've seen from the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, but the best is certainly yet to come in 2023.

    In conjunction with our College Football’s Best series, highlighting the top plays, players, highlights, and moments from all 133 teams, we’re here to showcase the top highlights from the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers so far in 2023. Who has stood out? What units are turning heads?

    And who from WKU is among the top mentions in our College Football’s Best series this season?

    Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 2023 Highlights

    At College Football Network, we watch every game. Every player. Every team. And our notebooks are chock full of top players, plays, highlights, and moments. Today, I’m emptying the notebook.

    Below, find Western’s noteworthy players, groupings, or units, all listed under a different category: good, great, grand, or wonderful. Every team across the country has put forth their best efforts in 2023, and through four weeks of action, those players deserve notoriety for what they’ve put forth this season.

    Highlighting the best with a line from the one and only Chris Farley, welcome to this season’s Good, Great, Grand, Wonderful!

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    Good: Malachi Corley, WR

    We’re just getting Malachi Corley back full time and what a feeling that is. He’s hauled in 21 receptions this year for 250 yards, and you better believe most of those yards have been after the catch. When fully healthy, few are better than Corley.

    Great: Kendrick Simpkins, S

    Proving to be a tough ask for offenses to figure out, Kendrick Simpkins is leading the team with 3.5 sacks. He’s blitzed incredibly well off the edge, timing his shots accurately and precisely. In coverage, he’s also been a sound defense, and he’s forced two fumbles this season.

    Grand: Upton Stout, CB

    Locking down opposing WR1s, Upton Stout has that ‘it’ factor about him. he’s recorded four pass breakups and has a pick-six to his credit, as his instincts have been apparent.

    Wonderful: Austin Reed, QB

    Commanding the football better than most last year, Austin Reed has returned to the same form that we saw in 2022. He’s spreading the ball around well and reading defenses just as well.

    As Conference USA play begins, you better believe we’re in for some serious statistical showings from Reed and Co.

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