Bailey Michael Zappe, an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL) played his first three seasons of college football at Houston Baptist and used his last year of eligibility at Western Kentucky, where he set the FBS season records for passing yards and passing touchdowns.


Zappe started nine games in his first year at Houston Baptist, passing for 1,548 yards with five touchdowns and 10 interceptions while rushing for two more touchdowns.

As a junior, he completed 357-of-560 passes for 3,811 yards with 35 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

As a senior, he passed for 1,833 yards and 15 touchdowns against one interception in four games in a shortened season after the Southland Conference fall football season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Zappe committed to transfer to Western Kentucky, following former HBU offensive coordinator Zach Kittley.


Going into the 2021 season, Zappe was the Hilltoppers’ starting quarterback and in his first start for Western Kentucky, he passed for 424 yards and seven touchdowns in a 59–21 win over Tennessee-Martin.

During the 2021 regular season, Zappe led the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) passing for 5,545 yards and throwing for 56 touchdowns.

Prior to the 2021 Boca Raton Bowl, he had thrown for nearly 1,100 yards more than the second-ranked FBS quarterback (Will Rogers of Mississippi State), and was within striking distance of the FBS records for passing yardage and touchdowns, set by B. J. Symons of Texas Tech in 2003 and Joe Burrow of LSU in 2019, respectively.

In the 2021 Boca Raton Bowl against the Appalachian State Mountaineers, he broke both records, finishing the season with 5,967 passing yards and 62 touchdowns.

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