Wednesday December 10th, 2014

Western Kentucky quarterback Brandon Doughty has been granted a sixth year of eligibility, the school announced on Wednesday.

Doughty, who leads the nation in total passing yards (4,344) and touchdowns (44), appeared in only four games between 2011 and 2012.

"My time at WKU has been very special and I am looking forward to the opportunity to come back for my sixth year to build on what we've started this season," Doughty said in a news release. "Having to deal with injuries for two seasons was really tough and I never would have made it through without my faith in God and the support from my coaches, teammates and the athletic department staff. The players in that locker room are like brothers to me, and I am blessed to get to go through one more season with them."

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This season the redshirt senior led the Hilltoppers to a 7-5 record and an appearance in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl en route to being named Conference USA's Most Valuable Player.

His career-high for passing yards in a single game (569) came in an Aug. 29 win over Bowling Green and his career high for touchdowns in a single-game (8) came in a Nov. 28 win over Marshall.

"This is a very happy day for all of us around the WKU football family," coach Jeff Brohm said. "Brandon is an outstanding young man. He is a leader on our football team, and his work on and off the field has been tremendous. We appreciate the NCAA acting in the best interests of Brandon, and we are very happy to be able to bring him back for one more season."

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