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Western Michigan is toying around with redshirt senior CB Darius Phillips on offense.

"We haven't messed with getting him the ball on offense, but it's something that we talk about a lot," said HC Tim Lester. Phillips (5'10/190) is not green to the receiving game, as he initially joined the Broncos as a wideout and logged a 32-479-2 receiving line as a redshirt freshman in 2014 before transitioning over to corner.
Source: mlive.com
Aug 18 - 1:39 PM

Western Michigan senior RB Jarvion Franklin ran the 40-yard dash time in 4.48 seconds at 235 pounds.

"Speed kills, so that's just going to open up another area of the game," Franklin said. "I wouldn't say that I'm faster, but this year, I'm just going to find more ways to utilize my speed." Franklin has rushed for 3,639 yards and 41 touchdowns while on campus. With another 1,000-yard season, he'll break the program's career rushing yardage mark.
Source: MLive
Aug 11 - 2:37 PM

With the transfer of Western Michigan junior QB Tom Flacco to Rutgers, redshirt sophomore QB Jon Wassink is now first in line to start.

Flacco had been competing with Wassink for starting honors during the spring. Wassink (6'3/195) has yet to attempt a pass during a game, but he was a three-star recruit coming out of high school in the winter of 2015. We should have a better idea of just how equipped he is to step into the big shoes vacated by Zach Terrell when August camp gets underway.
Source: mlive.com
Jul 27 - 8:23 PM

Syracuse junior DT Steven Clark transferred to Western Michigan.

Clark was previously medically disqualified from Syracuse due to a genetic disorder that increases the likelihood of blood clots. While Broncos doctors need to sign off on Clark’s health for him to see the field at WMU, the Syracuse Post-Standard reported that "four independent doctors cleared Clark for physical activity — two before the disqualification and two after." Clark is seeking a waiver to play immediately for the Broncos if cleared. "The NCAA I hope would let me," Clark said previously. "I hope they'd do the right thing." If so, he'd play nose tackle in WMU's 4-3 defense. If not, he has a redshirt year to burn and could return as a fourth-year junior in 2018.
Jul 26 - 1:56 PM

Western Michigan head coach Tim Lester praised sophomore D’Wayne Eskridge's speed.

"He has legit speed. He can roll," Lester said. The Broncos lost Corey Davis over the winter and have only 19 career catches returning to campus. Eskridge (5'9/190) has 18 of the 19. He's expected to function as WMU's No. 1 receiver this fall.
Jul 11 - 1:44 PM

Western Michigan senior RB Jarvion Franklin "has terrific size and speed numbers and runs with a powerful style, picking up a lot of yardage off contact," writes Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

"The senior is a bit one-dimensional, as he presents himself purely as a downhill runner who cannot turn the corner or change direction," Pauline wrote. Franklin (6'0/225) ran for 1,353 yards and 12 touchdowns on 5.5 ypa last year. He added a nifty 25-288-2 receiving line out of the backfield.
Jun 23 - 2:24 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline views Western Michigan LB Asantay Brown as "a late round pick as a nickel linebacker/special teams player."

"Brown is a small but very quick one-gap linebacker who shows terrific skill in pursuit," Pauline wrote. Last year, Brown (6'1/203) was named Second-Team All-MAC after recording 83 tackles. It was his first season as a linebacker after shifting over from safety. He added 6.5 TFL and 2.5 sacks.
Jun 23 - 1:37 PM

Western Michigan senior T Chukwuma Okorafor "offers terrific size, agility and quickness," per Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, and is seen by some scouts as a Rd. 1 prospect.

"He slides well laterally and shows the ability to shut down edge rushers," Pauline wrote. "Okorafor has long arms which he uses to his advantage and he showed a lot of improvement in his game the past two seasons. He doesn’t run block the way a 330-pound plus lineman should, and to this point I wouldn’t grade him as high as I graded former WMU lineman Taylor Moton." Okorafor (6′6/330) was named to the First-Team All-MAC last year. Mel Kiper pegs him as the No. 4 senior OT prospect.
Jun 23 - 12:50 PM

Medically disqualified Syracuse junior DT Steven Clark posted to social media that he is requesting permission to speak with other schools.

Clark was medically disqualified from Syracuse due to a genetic disorder known as Factor V Leiden, which increases the likelihood of blood clots. A transfer would not be a simple matter, here, as the 6-foot-2, 287-pounder would need medical clearance from his new school. He wrote that he is looking to see "if there's anything out there for me."
Jun 16 - 4:44 PM

Syracuse junior DT Steven Clark has been medically disqualified due to a genetic disorder.

Clark's father confirmed that his son's career is over. Steven Clark was diagnosed with Factor V Leiden, a disorder that makes him susceptible to blood clots. Clark may have to go on blood thinners for the remainder of his life. Clark posted 37 tackles, three TFL and a pair of fumble recoveries over 21 career games.
Jun 8 - 2:02 PM

The Titans' draft class earned a "B" grade from Rotoworld's Evan Silva.

Silva was high on nearly every early Tennessee pick, with the exception of No. 18 overall pick USC CB Adoree’ Jackson, a prospect Josh Norris ranked No. 96 overall in the class. "[A] solid haul in [GM Jon] Robinson’s second year on the job. Robinson deserved NFL Executive of the Year consideration last season and should be in the mix again," Silva wrote. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline graded the class as "B+," while ESPN's Mel Kiper graded it as a "B." The Rd. 3 pick of WKU WR Taywan Taylor -- who led the FBS over the past two years with 3,197 receiving yards and 34 touchdown catches -- drew praise. Taylor is a favorite of Josh Norris'.
Source: Rotoworld
May 4 - 3:07 PM

Steelers selected Western Michigan OLB Keion Adams with the No. 248 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Adams (6'2/247) registered 13 sacks over his final two seasons in college, totaling 15.5 for his career to go along with 33 tackles for loss. He ran a 4.7-flat forty at his Pro Day with a 36-inch vertical and 10-foot-4 broad jump.
Apr 29 - 6:38 PM

Panthers selected Western Michigan OT Taylor Moton with the No. 64 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Moton (6’5/319) was a 52-game starter on Western Michigan's offensive line, earning first-team action at both guard and tackle. He was a first-team All-MAC pick as a senior. PFF College charged Moton with only two sacks allowed over his final three seasons, and only two QB hits allowed in 2016. Moton posted the No. 5 SPARQ score among offensive linemen at the Combine and offers plus arm length (34 1/8") with huge hands (10 5/8"). A skilled mover who also packs power, Moton was compared to Kelechi Osemele by Rotoworld draft analyst Josh Norris. He will likely start out a right tackle in Carolina.
Apr 28 - 9:39 PM

Titans selected Western Michigan WR Corey Davis with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Davis (6’3/209) graduated as the NCAA’s all-time leader in receiving yards (5,278), tallying 331 career receptions (15.9 YPR) and 52 touchdowns and earning 2016 MAC Offensive Player of the Year. Also smart, Davis scored 31 on the Wonderlic Test. Post-season ankle surgery prevented Davis from testing before the draft, and he did drop 11 passes as a senior. A plus-sized wideout who moves like a smaller man, Davis showed impressive quickness for his size on tape and dominated after the catch a la early-career Brandon Marshall. Davis drew pre-draft comparisons to Michael Thomas and Keenan Allen. Tennessee is a strong fit for Davis' immediate fantasy outlook with high-level quarterback play and non-dominant talent in the rest of the Titans' pass-catcher corps.
Apr 27 - 8:48 PM

Fox Sports' Peter Schrager reports that the Ravens' interest in Western Michigan WR Corey Davis is "real."

"They'll go best player as they typically do, but that's a strong connection," Schrager wrote. Depending on the way the board falls, Davis -- if he's there -- could easily be the top player on Baltimore's board when they come on the clock at No. 16.
Apr 27 - 6:21 PM


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