MOBILE, Ala. – After competing in last Saturday’s NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, former WKU
tight end Deon Yelder is headed back across the country as a roster addition to the
South team at the 2018 Senior Bowl in Mobile.
Yelder joins former WKU quarterback Mike White on the South team roster and gives
the Hilltoppers multiple participants in the game for the second-straight year after
Taywan Taylor and Forrest Lamp participated last year. He is also the third WKU
tight end to ever work out at the Senior Bowl, joining Jack Doyle and Tyler Higbee.
Aside from the week of practices with the nation’s top senior talent, Yelder will
get the additional exposure to NFL scouts, coaches, and general managers which all
leads up to the game, set for 1:30 p.m. from Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Saturday. NFL
Network will air the game live.
A former walk-on who did not receive a scholarship or tally any receiving statistics
prior to his senior campaign, Yelder exploded onto the scene in 2017 to lead WKU
with seven touchdown receptions and rank second with 52 catches and 688 yards. The
Louisville native’s yardage mark set a single-season record for receiving yards by a
tight end, and his versatility allowed him to rack up 52 points, another
single-season school record for a tight end.
Nationally, Yelder finished fourth in receptions and third in receiving yards among
all tight ends.
Prior to his standout senior season, Yelder’s most notable moment came on a crucial
double overtime field goal block at Middle Tennessee in 2016. The Hilltoppers took
over after the block, scored, and converted on the extra point to win a pivotal game
in Conference USA’s East Division and ultimately catapulted the Red and White to
their second consecutive C-USA championship that year.
Yelder will wear No. 86 for the South team this week and during the game on Saturday.
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