BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – For the third consecutive season, WKU will be represented by a
pair of former Hilltoppers at the NFL Scouting Combine as quarterback Mike White and
linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe earned invitations to this year’s event, the National
Football League announced on Tuesday.
The Combine, held Feb. 27-March 5 in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium, features
over 300 of the top draft-eligible prospects each season and is the destination for
all NFL head coaches, general managers, and personnel departments for the week.
Workouts are covered by NFL Network and will include quarterbacks on Saturday, March
3 and linebackers on Sunday, March 4.
White and Iyiegbuniwe are the second former Hilltoppers from their position groups
to attend the combine, following Brandon Doughty (2016) and linebacker Andrew
Jackson (2014). Since 2013, WKU has been represented by 10 total Hilltoppers,
including multiple participants four of the last five combines, and in every year
A two-year starter and All-Conference performer for the Hilltoppers, White led WKU
to the 2016 Conference USA Championship, the 2016 Boca Raton Bowl Championship and
threw for 8,540 yards and 63 touchdowns in the red and white. White is one of only
two quarterbacks in school history to have multiple passing seasons of over 4,000
yards and his career quarterback rating of 158.1 is second in program history.
Iyiegbuniwe declared for the draft a year early following a stellar All-Conference
USA junior season. The Bowling Green, Ky., native led WKU in 2017 with 116 total
tackles, including 51 solo tackles, and his 11.5 tackles for loss also led the red
and white. His tackle numbers were the third-most in a single season in the FBS era,
and his 200 career tackles rank him sixth in the FBS era. He capped his WKU career
with an All-Conference USA First Team performance, the third-straight such honor for
a WKU linebacker.
White and Iyiegbuniwe are two of nine participants from Conference USA schools, and
WKU is the only school in the league with multiple players invited. In his Combine
evaluations, NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein gave White a 5.42 grade, the eighth-highest
among the 18 quarterbacks invited and the third-highest in C-USA.
WKU’s NFL Scouting Combine Participants (Year)
* LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe (2018)
* QB Mike White (2018)
* OL Forrest Lamp (2017)
* WR Taywan Taylor (2017)
* QB Brandon Doughty (2016)
* TE Tyler Higbee (2016)
* RB Antonio Andrews (2014)
* DB Jonathan Dowling (2014)
* LB Andrew Jackson (2014)
* DL Quanterus Smith (2013)
* DB Joseph Jefferson (2002)
* DB Mel Mitchell (2002)
* DB Bobby Sippio (2002)
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