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Western Michigan senior RB Jarvion Franklin rushed for 104 yards and a score on 24 carries in Saturday's 20-17 overtime win over EMU.

It took Franklin awhile to get going today, but he ended up surpassing 100 yards rushing for the fourth time in five games. P.J. Fleck's former team is holding its head above water without him, going 5-3 with a pair of highly winnable games ahead. The season's success will be determined on how the school performs in road tilts at Northern Illinois and Toledo to end the season.
Oct 21 - 6:02 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that "several scouts are enamored" with Western Michigan senior T Chukwuma Okorafor.

That said, Pauline adds that "I haven't heard any first-round grades on him since the season began." That may soon change. NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter wrote earlier this week Okorafor "could challenge Notre Dame's Mike McGlinchey for the title of top tackle in the senior class." Okorafor (6′5/355) was named to the First-Team All-MAC last year.
Oct 20 - 2:54 PM

Western Michigan sophomore WR D'Wayne Eskridge caught seven passes for 93 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 14-13 loss to Akron.

Eskridge hauled in a 50-yard touchdown pass with 10:38 remaining in the fourth quarter to draw the Broncos to within 14-10. They would narrow the margin with a field goal later in the quarter, but were unable to completely erase the deficit before game's end. In seven games this season, the 5-foot-9, 190-pound sophomore is working to a respectable 24-445-3 receiving line.
Oct 17 - 5:40 PM

Western Michigan senior RB Jarvion Franklin rushed for 130 yards on 31 carries in Sunday's 14-13 loss to Akron.

Franklin (6'0/225) wasn't particularly explosive in his running -- he averaged 4.2 YPC with a long run of 20 yards -- but he racked up respectable yardage on volume nonetheless. He's come on strong after a slow start to the season. Through the first three games of the campaign, he had rushed for a combined 84 yards. He's gone off for at least 100 yards on the ground in three of the last four games. Franklin will look to keep it going in a road date with Eastern Michigan on Saturday.
Oct 17 - 5:27 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter believes Western Michigan senior T Chukwuma Okorafor "could challenge Notre Dame's Mike McGlinchey for the title of top tackle in the senior class."

Per Reuter, Okorafor is a better prospect than former teammate, Taylor Moton, who was selected in the second round of the 2017 draft. "He has natural bend and foot quickness that belie his massive build (6-5, 355 pounds)," Reuter wrote. "He's also still learning the game, as his family emigrated from Botswana to the U.S. in 2010." The analyst believes Okorafor could develop into an NFL starter at left tackle.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 16 - 4:31 PM

Due to excessive amounts of rain in the Kalamazoo area, Saturday's game between Western Michigan and Akron will now be played on Sunday.

Much of one end zone and a solid portion of the sideline is completely covered in standing water right now. The game is now slated to kick off at 2:00 PM EST on Sunday.
Oct 14 - 5:14 PM

Western Michigan redshirt sophomore RB LaVante Bellamy (undisclosed) is expected to be able to play against Arkon on Saturday.

Bellamy suffered a minor injury in Saturday's seven-overtime win over Buffalo, but he's been no worse for the wear during the practice week. He's rushed for 357 yards while working to a sharp 8.3 YPC average with three touchdowns this season.
Oct 13 - 11:46 PM

Western Michigan redshirt junior RB Jamauri Bogan (undisclosed) is expected to play in Saturday's game against Akron.

Bogan (5'7/192) sustained a minor injury in Saturday's seven-overtime win against Buffalo, but there has been no setback during the practice week and he should be ready to roll against the Zips on Saturday. Bogan has rushed for 394 yards (4.9 YPC) and two touchdowns in six games this season.
Oct 13 - 9:53 PM

Western Michigan redshirt sophomore RB LaVante Bellamy was dealing with an undisclosed injury during Saturday's seven-overtime win over Buffalo.

While Bellamy was a bit dinged up in the marathon game, that did not stop him from rushing for 131 yards and a touchdown. He had been dealing with an ankle injury near the end of September, but it is not clear if that lingered into Saturday's contest or if this is a new injury concern.
Source: mlive.com
Oct 8 - 11:48 AM

Western Michigan redshirt junior RB Jamauri Bogan was dealing with an undisclosed injury during Saturday's seven-overtime win over Buffalo.

Bogan did see 11 carries in the game -- he rushed for 39 yards on those totes of the rock -- but the injury concern is something to keep an eye on over the practice week as the Broncos prep for Akron. Through six games, the 5-foot-7, 192-pound redshirt junior has rushed for 394 yards and two touchdowns.
Source: mlive.com
Oct 8 - 11:34 AM

Western Michigan senior RB Jarvison Franklin ran the rock 37 times for 176 yards and three touchdowns in a 71-68 victory on Saturday over Buffalo in seven overtimes.

This was a classic game -- assuming you can ignore defense the way these two teams did -- and Franklin (6'0/225) ended up with the game-winner, a 12-yard touchdown after Buffalo was held to a field goal in the seventh overtime. He added two more touchdowns on the day, if you're into that sort of thing. Franklin is one of the most talented backs in the MAC, and he'll likely end his career as the program's all-time career rushing leader.
Oct 7 - 8:27 PM

Western Michigan junior QB Jon Wassink completed 23-of-29 passes for 256 yards and five scores with an interception in a 71-68 seven-overtime victory over Buffalo on Saturday.

Wassink (6'3/195) was efficient with the football, and even though his numbers paled in comparison to Buffalo's Drew Henderson (eight scores) this was still a massive day for the junior quarterback. Wassink and the Western Michigan offense should have another big day against Akron on Saturday.
Oct 7 - 8:24 PM

NFL Media's Chad Reuter listed Western Michigan redshirt senior CB Darius Phillips as his No. 3 "draft riser" of September.

Phillips (5'10/190) is a former receiver who caught 32 balls as a freshman in 2014. This year, he has nine tackles, three TFL, one sack, two interceptions, a fumble forced and a fumble recovered already in the early going. The ball-hawk now has 11 career interceptions. "NFL teams are impressed by his special-teams prowess, as well," Reuter wrote. Phillips has eight kickoff returns for 349 yards (43.6 average) and two touchdowns, as well as five punt returns for 103 yards (20.6 average). Last month, USA Today's Luke Easterling likened Phillips' impact to that of former US CB Adoree’ Jackson, who went No. 18 to the Titans in the spring.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 4 - 2:55 PM

Western Michigan junior QB Jon Wassink completed 14-of-20 passes for 317 yards and three scores in a 55-3 demolishing of Ball State on Saturday.

Wassink (6'3/195) was on fire against the Cardinals, and could have had an even bigger day if not for WMU deciding not to run up the score. He found Keishawn Watson for two of the scores, and Donnie Ernsberg had the third. After struggling against USC and Michigan State, Wassink has played exceptionally well. That run should continue next week against Buffalo.
Sep 30 - 10:40 PM

Western Michigan redshirt sophomore RB LaVante Bellamy (ankle) sat out Saturday's game against FCS Wagner.

Because the game was against a sub-division opponent, and because we didn't hear anything about Bellamy's ankle injury beforehand, its possible that the Broncos just withheld him for precautionary reasons to give their starting running back an extra bye week. With Bellamy out, redshirt junior Jamauri Bogan (14 carries, 132 yards, one touchdown), senior Jarvion Franklin (14 carries, 101 yards, two touchdowns) and redshirt sophomore Davon Tucker (12 carries, 83 yards, one touchdown) all had productive days against Wagner. We should know more about Bellamy's status later this week.
Sep 25 - 3:13 PM


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