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WKU Insider takes a look at a few newcomers that could impact the 2016 season

WKU Insider takes a look at a few newcomers that could impact the 2016 season

Keith Brown, LB
A graduate transfer from Louisville, Keith Brown arrived at WKU in January with an opportunity to become an immediate key figure in the Hilltoppers defense.  Named a freshman All-American in 2012, Brown successfully bounced back from a partially-torn ACL that sidelined him for much of the 2013 season.  A Miami native, Brown has big-game experience and is on a career path that appears headed for pro ball.  Both will factor in him becoming one of the team's top performers in 2016.

FLASHBACK: Healthy Keith Brown proving he's back to form


Chris Johnson, DT
A transfer from Mississippi Gulf Coast CC, defensive tackle Chris Johnson arrived on The Hill prior to spring practice and that extra time has proven valuable.  The 6-foot-2, 290-pound Johnson quickly adapted to defensive coordinator Nick Holt's schemes and is listed as a starting interior lineman.  The Gulfport, Miss., native will be a factor in the success of the Hilltoppers rush defense.


Quinton Baker, RB
True freshman running back Quinton Baker was also among the early enrollees. The product of Ashland Blazer, where he led Kentucky's 4A Class in rushing and scoring as a senior, has shown flashes of what made him one of the top in-state prospects in 2015.  His speed and elusiveness led to one of the highlights from the team's first scrimmage.  Due to a talented running back room, Baker's touches will be few this season, but many could result in a big play.

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Nick Dawson-Brents, DE
Another Louisville graduate transfer, Nick Dawson-Brents is listed as a starting defensive end.  The 6-foot-3, 275-pound lineman appeared in 37 games at U of L before transferring to WKU in January. A former high school All-American, Dawson-Brents welcomes the opportunity to be on the field more frequently, giving him a chance to meet his own expectations.  Athlon listed the Charlotte, N.C., native as a preseason All-Conference USA Fourth Team selection.

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Stevie Donatell, TE
A Wake Forest graduate transfer, Stevie Donatell chose to continue his playing career at WKU due in-part to how the tight end position in used in the Jeff Brohm offense. The 6-foot-6, 235-pound tight end saw action in 27 games with the Demon Deacons, but mostly in protection and blocking settings.  He'll provide a tall target for quarterback Mike White.

FLASHBACK: WKU adds graduate transfer tight end


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