Brandon Doughty ready for new chapter

Western Kentucky University quarterback Brandon Doughty has had a lot of attention during the preseason. But the signal-caller with the national attention is just ready to get the season going. WKU takes on Vanderbilt tonight in Nashville, Tenn.

Western Kentucky University senior quarterback Brandon Doughty has been through the media circus.

Doughty has been interviewed and recognized by a ton of media outlets - both local and national - during the preseason. WKU coach Jeff Brohm said it was deserving after his last season.

But now the hype machine is closed and the games begin.

Doughty and the Toppers begin the season tonight at Vanderbilt. He's trying to top last year's numbers of 4,830 yards and 49 touchdowns, including 922 yards and 13 TDs in the final two games of the season.

"He put up ridiculous numbers," Brohm admitted. "But he had to get better just like everyone else and we feel like he's a lot better than he was last season. He's really worked hard in the offseason for us."

Doughty said the offseason was "a little crazy," noting he attended the Manning Passing Academy, did "so many" interviews, and spent two days with Brohm in Louisville on a tour of the state's largest media outlets.

"It’s been nuts, flying to Manning camp and doing all that and learning from those guys was great," he said. "But it was fun and I leanred a lot. I had to get bigger and stronger and I think I have done that so far."

Doughty said he knows there's "more pressure" this season on the Toppers but he's ready to get going. He was named C-USA Preseason Player of the Year and is on five preseason watch lists.

He said he had a "reality check" with a bad early scrimmage in fall camp.

"I needed that," he said. "It was a little bit of a reality check that I'm not Superman and I do make mistakes."

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