WKU Football Team Will Open Conference Play Without Defensive Star

Sep 25, 2012

The WKU football team will be without one of its star defenders during this Saturday’s Sun Belt conference opener. The league is upholding a one-game suspension of Hilltopper safety Jonathan Dowling, who was ejected from last Saturday’s win against Southern Mississippi.

After a Southern Miss player caught a touchdown pass in the end zone, Dowling took a shot at the player’s head, was given a personal foul penalty and ejected from the game. An ejection results in a mandatory one-game suspension under Sun Belt conference rules.

Dowling’s four interceptions this season rank him among NCAA leaders. Originally from Bradenton, FL., Dowling transferred to WKU from the University of Florida and has made an immediate impact on the WKU defense.

Dowling picked off Kentucky quarterback Maxwell Smith three times in WKU's overtime win in Lexington earlier this season.

The 3-1 Hilltoppers travel to Arkansas State this Saturday for their first conference game of the season.