Bailey Zappe named starting quarterback for Western Kentucky Football

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Some exciting news from the hill Tuesday.

Bailey Zappe has been named the starting quarter back for Western Kentucky University. Zappe, who announced his transfer from Houston Baptist just after Christmas this past year, where he threw for 10,004 passing yards in four seasons with the huskies.

In the four games of HBU’s fall 2020 schedule, Zappe completed 141-of-215 passes (65.6%) for 1,833 yards, with 15 touchdowns and only one interception. At 458.3 yards per game, Zappe’s average led all of college football and ranked 101.3 yards above the leading fbs passer – Dillon Gabriel of UCF, who averaged 357 yards per game – in 2020.

“I think we’re in a position right now where Bailey Zappe is going to be the quarterback. He was with us here in the spring and during the summer. He’s been here long enough and our staff has been able to make evaluations. I think it’s better for us moving into this season having that guy in place, he knows he’s the guy. I think we can go ahead and say yeah he’s going to be the starter and get moving forward with that”, said head coach Tyson Helton.

“I guess I found out the same time y’all did – just now,” Zappe said with a grin when asked about when he found out. “They kind of kept it under wraps. We had a great spring and great summer and I’ve of course been working towards being the starter. I’m grateful that Coach Helton gave me the starting spot and I’m really excited to get [Fall Camp] started.”