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Western Michigan redshirt sophomore RB Jamauri Bogan and junior Jarvion Franklin were both named to the Doak Walker Award Watch List.

Bogan stole Franklin's starting job midway through last year and ended up leading the team with 1,051 yards and 16 touchdowns. He won MAC Freshman of the Year honors and was named Popeyes Bahamas Bowl Offensive MVP after torching Middle Tennessee State for 215 yards and four touchdowns. For his part, Franklin had 735 yards and five touchdowns.
Jul 30 - 12:41 PM

Sports on Earth's Matt Brown says Western Michigan QB Zach Terrell is a top-25 national quarterback.

Terrell was named 2015 Third-Team All-MAC for finishing with 3,526 passing yards and a 29/9 TD/INT rate on 67 percent completions for an offense that ranked 11th in yards per play. Terrell ranked No. 7 in the FBS and No. 2 in the MAC in quarterback efficiency (162.3). A two-year starter under rising HC P.J. Fleck, Terrell directs a powerful attack that features potential All-American wide receiver Corey Davis.
Jul 9 - 1:29 PM

Western Michigan redshirt sophomore RB Jamauri Bogan will split carries with fellow tailbacks Jarvion Franklin and LeVante Bellamy once again this fall.

Bogan produced a team-best 1,051 yards and 16 scores last year, pushing the 2014 sensation Franklin into a backseat role down the stretch. This year, we'd assume Bogan will once again lead the squad in carries, while Franklin (153-735 in 2015) will get plenty of run as well. Bellamy (77-493), meanwhile, is more of an offensive weapon who also lines up out wide. The Broncos lost MAC tackle Willie Beavers and Daniel Braverman but return four starters on a good O-Line along with star quarterback Zach Terrell and WR Corey Davis (91-1,446). WMU is a major contender for the MAC title.
Source: Today's U
Jun 17 - 7:41 PM

Western Michigan HC P.J. Fleck said that senior WR Corey Davis has added 10 pounds this offseason.

Davis was listed at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds for 2015. Said Fleck, "He’s quicker, more explosive. He has spent a ton of time just working on his craft, to get him better. He’s our best player but also our hardest worker." The coach called his star wideout "really the complete package." Last season, Davis notched 90 catches for 1,436 yards and 12 touchdowns. With Daniel Braverman heading to the Bears, Davis will be the focal point of Western Michigan's aerial attack in 2016.
Jun 1 - 1:45 PM

Bears selected Western Michigan WR Daniel Braverman with the No. 230 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Braverman (5'10/175) was a rare small-school early entrant after a prolific junior campaign (108-1,367-13) in which he ranked second in the nation in receptions. Per College Football Focus, Braverman's 2015 catch rate (76 percent) was the highest among draft-eligible receivers. Braverman's athletic limitations showed up at the WMU Pro Day, running 4.53 with an anemic 28 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-4 broad jump. Due to his short-area playing style, Braverman has drawn comparisons ranging from Julian Edelman to Cole Beasley.
Apr 30 - 5:55 PM

Vikings selected Western Michigan OT Willie Beavers with the No. 121 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Beavers (6'5/321) was a three-year starter, earning second-team All-MAC as a junior and first team as a senior. Beavers struggled when asked to play guard at the Senior Bowl, but offers right tackle potential with 34-inch arms and above-average short-area movement ability, posting a 4.75 short shuttle and 7.75 three-cone time at Western Michigan's Pro Day. Beavers needs to get stronger and refine his technique, but he has an outside chance to develop into a Bobby Massie-level player.
Apr 30 - 1:25 PM

The Patriots worked out Western Michigan WR Daniel Braverman, according to beat writer Mark Daniels.

Of course they did. Braverman might be the best pure slot receiver in this class, creating separation in the short and intermediate areas with extreme quickness and change of direction. Braverman also separates on wheel routes out of the slot and picks up a handful of yards after the catch by turning up the field. Obviously these traits fit so many of the Patriots' stereotypes at the position, and the marriage makes a ton of sense. A fourth or fifth round pick makes sense for Braverman.
Apr 26 - 11:37 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein wrote that Western Michigan WR Daniel Braverman "has some NFL teams wondering if he can be the next Wes Welker."

Hey, we're as tired of comparisons to Wes Welker as you are, but shouting at the storm will not cause the rain to cease. Among the teams who have shown interest in Braverman in terms of official visits, the Vikings, Saints and Dolphins. The 5-foot-9, 175-pounder was one of our favorite players to watch at the collegiate level and Pro Football Focus believes that Braverman would have value as a draft pick as high as the second round.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 4:02 PM

Western Michigan WR Daniel Braverman has already visited the Vikings, Saints and Dolphins, according to Rand Getlin of NFL Media.

Braverman also has meetings with the Raiders, Bengals and Seahawks. Braverman is a true role player in the NFL, like a one use tool in the kitchen. He thrives in the slot, and his game matches up extremely well. Everyone will project Braverman to land with the Patriots, and it is possible, but the question is in what round? Also, the success rate is very low for drafted receivers who were not invited to the NFL Combine, but we will take our chances on Southern Miss' Mike Thomas and Braverman.
Apr 11 - 8:58 AM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein likens Western Michigan WR Daniel Braverman's build and playing style to Dallas Cowboys slot WR Cole Beasley.

"With quickness out of his breaks and shiftiness after the catch, Braverman could become a productive slot specialist in the right situation," he wrote. Pro Football Focus agrees that Braverman could be a steal, calling him a second-round value earlier this month while arguing that his slot profile has become far more valuable to the NFL in recent years.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 1 - 1:26 PM

During Western Michigan's Pro Day on March 15, WR Daniel Braverman ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds and 4.49 seconds.

Braverman didn't receive an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine, but his Pro Day performance was nothing to sneeze at. In addition to his plenty-respectable 40 times, the 5-foot-9, 175-pound wideout also recorded a 28.5-inch vertical jump, 9-foot-4 broad jump and a short shuttle of 4.20 seconds. While Braverman caught 108 passes (second-best mark in the country) for 1,367 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2015, NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt believes that he's a "likely priority free-agent pickup for a team following the draft," assuming he doesn't manage to sneak in through the backdoor in the sixth or seventh round.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 21 - 6:38 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt noted that Western Michigan T Willie Beavers "always seemed to elevate his game against better opponents in college."

Brandt believes that Beavers' tendency to perform against tougher competition "bodes well for his move to the NFL." The 6-foot-4, 324-pounder also impressed the analyst on Pro Day last Tuesday, when he recorded the short shuttle in 4.75 seconds and notched 7.75 seconds in the three-cone drill. "He does need to get stronger," Brandt wrote, "but some team will take him in the second round and get a very good player with a ton of upside." Not everybody's as keen on him--of late, Pro Football Focus tabbed Beavers as the second-most overrated draft prospect in the pool.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 21 - 6:21 PM

Western Michigan T Willie Beavers was panned by Michael Renner of Pro Football Focus as being the second-most overrated player in the class.

This one is pretty straightforward, from the perspective of PFF. Last year, playing against mostly MAC edge rushers, Beavers graded out as PFF's No. 220 run blocker, No. 226 pass blocker and finished No. 226 overall. "The chances of molding those numbers into an NFL-level player seems nearly impossible," Renner wrote. NFL.com's Gil Brandt is perhaps Beaver' biggest fan.
Mar 19 - 2:01 PM

Pro Football Focus calls Western Michigan WR Daniel Braverman a second-round value, arguing that his skillset has become far more valuable to the NFL in recent years.

"Braverman would have probably been considered a late-round draft pick five years ago," Gordon McGuiness wrote. "But in a league that utilizes the slot as much as the NFL does now, his ability has some serious value." Braverman led all draft-eligible receivers with 3.27 yards per route run from the slot last year. In all, the 5-foot-10, 177-pounder grabbed 108 passes for 1,367 yards and 13 touchdowns during 2015's monster campaign. PFF ranks him as the No. 8 receiver in the class, ahead of more established prospects like Will Fuller, Rashard Higgins, Braxton Miller, Tyler Boyd and Pharoh Cooper.
Mar 16 - 6:27 PM

Western Michigan hired Dave Duggan to serve as LB coach.

Sports Illustrated's Thayer Evans reported Duggan's hiring back in early March. It's official now. The former Southern Miss defensive coordinator was let go from that program after three seasons serving as defensive coordinator, but landed on his feet well enough a month-and-a-half later. In a statement, Western Michigan HC P.J. Fleck said, "To be honest I think it was a little bit of a surprise he was available. A former NFL head coach in NFL Europe, defensive coordinator at multiple stops, he has an incredible resume and incredible energy and a passion to teach and coach along with a willingness to come take our program to a completely different level."
Mar 15 - 4:10 PM


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