21 Former Hilltoppers Work Out for 33 NFL Representatives from 26 Teams
Western Kentucky 51, Memphis 31
Dec. 20, 2016
USATSI Gallery - Vanderbilt @ Western Kentucky
The Hilltoppers fall on the road against LSU, on October 24, 2015.
The Hilltoppers traveled to North Texas to take on the Mean Green on Thursday night.
NCAA Football: Western Kentucky squares off against Middle Tennessee at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.
2016 Doak Walker Watch List
2016 Preseason All-C-USA First Team (Athlon)
2015 C-USA Second Team
2015 C-USA Third Team (Phil Steele)
CAREER GAME HIGHS:
- Carries - 24 vs. Marshall (11/27/15)
- Yards - 193 at North Texas (10/15/15)
- Touchdowns - 4 at Old Dominion (10/31/15)
- Receptions - 5 at North Texas (10/15/15)
- Yards - 66 at North Texas (10/15/15)
2015 (r-Jr.): A preseason injury slowed Wales who did not appear in the season's first three games and only saw limited time in the next two, but over the season's final nine games, he was an offensive force in the backfield for the Hilltoppers. In just nine full games of action - with four starts - Wales become WKU's sixth-consecutive 1000-yard rusher, tallying 1,091 yards on 155 carries to go along with nine touchdowns. For his efforts, he was named the league's Second Team running back and a third teamer from Phil Steele. Wales' 7.04 yard per carry average was the fifth-best in C-USA history. Wales had a career-best 193 yards on the ground at North Texas to go along with a pair of touchdowns and five receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown - 259 total yards and three touchdowns. However, he earned Offensive Player of the Week honors when, following the tragic death of a close friend, he joined WKU just before the game at Old Dominion (Oct. 31) and responded to the tragedy with a 16 carry, 185-yard, four touchdown performance. Wales also had 100-yards or more on the ground in seven of his nine full games of action including six-straight against C-USA opponent, only the sixth running back in league history to hit that mark. Wales' 932 yards in eight C-USA games also led the league's other running backs by over 200 yards (Kenneth Dixon, 722). He also averaged nearly a full half-yard per carry more in league games than the next closest running back at 7.22.
2014 (r-So.): In his redshirt sophomore season, change of pace back Wales tallied 536 yards on 82 rushing attempts for a team-high 6.3 yards per carry to go along with five touchdowns over 11 games. He earned two starts, the first of his career, against FAU and LA Tech. Wales also hauled in 15 receptions for 127 yards. His 75-yard touchdown run against UAB was WKU's longest since 2007 until Leon Allen busted an 80-yarder versus Army later in the season. Wales was WKU's workhorse against UAB, rushing for a career-high 138 yards on 14 carries and three touchdowns to contribute to his overall 151 all-purpose yards that game, also a career-best. He was a key part of WKU's win at Navy, splitting carries with Allen, as he produced 60 yards rushing and 39 receiving. He also led WKU's rushing attack against Central Michigan in the Popeyes Bahama Bowl with 95 yards on 14 carries. Wales recorded a career-high 42 receiving yards in a win over Old Dominion.
2013 (r-Fr.): Wales saw action in all 12 games, tallying 17 carries for 112 yards and two touchdowns on the season. Against Morgan State, he rushed 11 times for 65 yards and one touchdown. In the Texas State game, he had five rushes for 46 yards and one touchdown. He finished the season fifth on the team with 382 all-purpose yards.
2012 (Fr.): Wales redshirted in his first season on The Hill.
HS/Misc.: Wales finished his illustrious career at Central High School in Louisville ranked third in KHSAA history in career rushing yards with 8,213 yards - 12 yards behind Derek Homer's mark for second place all-time. He finished his career with 114 touchdowns. Wales led Louisville Central to its second-consecutive Class 3A State Championship in 2011, rushing for 2,784 yards in his senior season despite missing almost two complete games. He had 40 rushing touchdowns in his senior season posted over 400 yards receiving with four receiving touchdowns. Wales was rated as the 14th-best all-purpose running back in the nation by Rivals.com and tabbed as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN.com. He was named First-Team All-State and the District Player of the Year in 2011 and was honored by the Lexington Herald-Leader as a member of the Class of the Commonwealth.