BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU Football continued the announcement of its All-Century team
on Thursday, adding 12 names to the defensive side of the ball with five more to go
The program is celebrating the 100th season of Hilltopper Football this fall, and
the All-Century team is led by co-head coaches Jimmy Feix, the program’s all-time
winningest coach, and Jack Harbaugh, leader of the 2002 National Championship team
and 2002 AFCA National Coach of the Year.
All-American defensive back and one of four retired jerseys, Virgil Livers was named
the defensive side’s captain, joining offensive lineman Forrest Lamp on the
offensive side of the ball in captaincy. The three captains – including Friday’s
special team captain – were selected by virtue of their appearance on the highest
percentage of ballots received.
Over the spring and early summer, WKU invited fans to vote online and put together
their own teams to count for a percentage of the overall voting totals.
Simultaneously, other voting groups worked to create their own teams including
members of athletic administration, W-Club Hall of Famers, and active W-Club
The defense, to account for variances in defensive schemes used in the program
including 4-3, 3-4, and 4-2-5, included four position players from each level of
defense: line, linebacker, and backs.
WKU will welcome back and recognize the entire team, where possible, for the home
opener for the 2018 season against Maine on Sept. 8, and a number of activities for
the team and fans will be announced this fall.
All-Century Team – Defense
Defensive Line – Lawrence Brame (1967-70)
Defensive Line – John Bushong (1971-74)
Defensive Line – Tim Ford (1979-81)
Defensive Line – Quanterus Smith (2009-12)
Linebacker – Sherrod Coates (1999-02)
Linebacker – Paul Gray (1980-83)
Linebacker – Rick Green (1972-75)
Linebacker – Dale Lindsey (1963-64)
Defensive Back – Virgil Livers (1971-74)*
Defensive Back – Jim Burt (1961-64)
Defensive Back – Joseph Jefferson (1998-01)
Defensive Back – Mel Mitchell (1999-01)