WKU Football: Linebacker Holt to transfer to Purdue

The former Bowling Green High School star will leave WKU and play for the Boilermakers as a graduate transfer next season.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Tyson Helton knew when he took the job as head coach of Western Kentucky football that he’d been tasked with turning around the program.

It’s a task that he’ll now have to do without a team leader he was likely hoping to rely on next season.

According to multiple reports, and first reported by Mike Carmin of The Journal and Courier, redshirt-junior lineback and team captain Ben Holt will leave the Hill after he graduates this spring and play for Jeff Brohm and the Purdue Boilermakers next season as a graduate transfer.

Holt’s father, Nick Holt, is also the defensive coordinator at Purdue.

In his junior season with the Hilltoppers, Holt led the WKU defense in total tackles (116), solo tackles (58), tackles for loss (11.5), and quarterback hits (9).

Holt was a 2018 Team Captain and posted a single-game career high 19 tackles in the Hilltoppers’ 38-17 loss to Florida International. He had five games in 2018 where he racked up double-digit tackles as well.

During the 2018 season, Holt was also twice named to the PFF College Conference USA Team of the Week.

Holt, a Bowling Green native, was a standout linebacker for Kevin Wallace at Bowling Green High School, where he earned First Team All-State honors from the Kentucky Associated Press.