Marshall defeats WKU 20-17

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers quarterback Steven Duncan (10) carries for a touchdown during Marshall's 20-17 win over WKU on Saturday, September 29, 2018, at Houchens-Smith Stadium. (Austin Anthony/photo@bgdailynews.com)

Conference USA commissioner Judy MacLeod and the NFL announced Tuesday a new four-year contract for a 10-game package of C-USA football games to be broadcast on NFL Network.

The partnership will begin in the 2019 football season with one game each Saturday afternoon.

“While exploring new media options for football, NFL Network stood out as an excellent opportunity for national exposure,” MacLeod in a news release. “We look forward to showcasing our conference through their tremendous platform and reach.”

“We are excited to showcase the next generation of NFL athletes to our fans on a weekly basis,” Hans Schroeder, chief operating officer of NFL Media, said. “Our fans crave live football, and partnering with Conference USA – a conference which boasts several Hall of Fame players – provides us with an excellent opportunity to do so.”

The full NFL Network slate of games will be released with the rest of the 2019 C-USA football multimedia schedule at a later date.

C-USA football games on NFL Network will also be available through the NFL app and via Watch NFL Network on smartphones, tablets, PCs and connected TV devices for subscribers of participating NFL Network providers.

Sixteen players from C-USA have been selected in the NFL draft over the last two years, highlighted by Marcus Davenport from Texas-San Antonio going No. 14 overall to the New Orleans Saints in 2018.

In total, there were 83 players from C-USA programs on NFL rosters at the end of the 2018 season.

Nine were from Western Kentucky: Jack Doyle (Indianapolis Colts), George Fant (Seattle Seahawks), Tyler Higbee (Los Angeles Rams), Joel Iyiegbuniwe (Chicago Bears), Forrest Lamp (Los Angeles Chargers), Taywan Taylor (Tennessee Titans), Mike White (Dallas Cowboys), Darrell Williams Jr. (Rams) and Deon Yelder (Kansas City Chiefs).

Mik'Quan Deane, a Hilltopper senior in 2018, also recently signed an undrafted free agent deal with the Seahawks.

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Bowling Green Daily News sports reporter primarily covering Western Kentucky football and men's basketball.

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