By: Matt Hicks | @TheFF_Educator
Amid a chaotic college football season, the story of Bailey Zappe stands out as one of the most exciting storylines. Sharp devy players will have the 6-foot-2, 180-pound quarterback atop their radar heading into next season. The former zero-star recruit who dominated FCS competition while with Houston Baptist University has transferred to Western Kentucky just two weeks after entering the transfer portal.
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He saw little interest in his initial recruitment out of high school. Houston Baptist University was the only school to offer him a scholarship. Zappe took full advantage of the opportunity to compete in division one football with the Huskies. In three seasons he has thrown for 8,466 yards and 73 touchdowns.
During a four-game 2020 season, shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic, he threw for 1,833 yards and 15 touchdowns while throwing just one interception. Zappe played all four of those games against non-FCS opponents. Most notably, he threw for 567 yards and four touchdowns against Texas Tech.
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The top transfer target will be reunited with Zach Kittley, the engineer of the Houston Baptist passing attack. Kittley was recently hired by Western Kentucky to be their offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Teaming up with the play-caller that has helped him find his success should help Zappe make an immediate impact.
Zappe projects to be the starting quarterback for the Hilltoppers in 2021. He remains a sleeper devy target but should be on the radar (and roster) of anyone looking to get an advantage over their league mates. He comes with a high level of upside and a guaranteed level of excitement every time you flip on his tape.