Pigrome Named as Hilltoppers Starting QB

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Through the first two and a half weeks, the big question looming over WKU Football’s fall camp has been who will start under center next Saturday in the team’s season-opener at Louisville.

The answer to that question has finally been provided as head coach Tyson Helton has officially named Tyrell Pigrome the starting quarterback for Western Kentucky this fall.

Pigrome assumes the starting role as a newcomer after spending the past four years at the University of Maryland.

During his time as a Terrapin, Pigrome accumulated over 2,400 yard of offense in 34 total games, with seven of those being starts. The man affectionately known as “Piggy T” is best known for leading the Terps to a huge Week 1 victory over No. 23 Texas in Austin as a sophomore in 2017.

Helton says that Pigrome’s experience and effort thus far in camp are what led him to be named as the Tops’ starting QB out of the gate.

“I think (Pigrome’s) done a really good job of handling the offense,” Helton explains. “You can tell he’s an older guy…. he’s handled things, being the new guy coming in, and just felt like, right now, he’s the clear-cut starter…”

As far as the regular season itself goes, Helton says that the Hilltoppers have already started preparations for their first opponent, the Louisville Cardinals.

This will mark the third straight fall that the pair of in-state rivals have squared off. While Louisville has claimed the first two matchups, the games have been much closer than one might expect.

Helton acknowledges that beating a good Cardinals team on their home turf will be challenge, but not one that’s too insurmountable for his veteran-laden team.

“I love the matchup and the challenge we’re going to have,” the second year head coach explains, “I think our kids are excited, too. You look forward to these types of games…”