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Western Michigan shifted RB coach Eric Evans to quarterbacks coach.

Evans has been on staff at Western Michigan for the past season. He initially came over from UAB, where he worked from 2013-16. Assistant HC Terry Malone will now move to running backs coach with Evans' shift to the quarterbacks room.
Feb 15 - 5:42 PM

Western Michigan promoted OL coach/co-OC Jake Moreland to offensive coordinator.

Moreland already had co-offensive coordinator status, but now receives the bump up to the full-time gig. He'll continue to work with the offensive line in addition. The Broncos needed a new offensive coordinator after Texas Tech poached OC Kevin Johns from the program. This past season was Moreland's first at Western Michigan. Previously, he's worked at Air Force (2016), Syracuse (2015) and Air Force again (2012-14).
Feb 15 - 3:43 PM

Football Scoop reports that Western Michigan has hired former Tennessee Tech special teams coordinator Dontae Wright to serve in a similar capacity.

This will be Wright's first job in the FBS ranks outside of a two-year stint as a graduate assistant with Kentucky from 2007-09. Per Football Scoop, he'll be working as co-special teams coach and safeties coach.
Feb 8 - 4:13 PM

Western Michigan T Chukwuma Okorafor will miss the Senior Bowl with a minor injury.

Okorafor apparently suffered the injury in training. Okorafor is gigantic (6'5/355), young (20) and extremely athletic. Many were looking forward to seeing him compete with upper-echelon talent in Mobile, but that'll have to wait for the NFL Combine. "[Okorafor] has 1st round traits, but is so young in football years," Dane Brugler wrote. "A lot of varied opinions in NFL circles."
Jan 23 - 10:34 PM

Western Michigan signed four-star 2018 T Antwan Reed.

Reed was originally committed to play at Penn State, but decommitted early in December, and has signed on with the Broncos. He's the highest-rated player to ever sign with Western Michigan, and ranked as the 20th best tackle in the ESPN rankings. Western Michigan had the strongest class of any MAC club, and Reed is a big reason why -- literally and figuratively.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 10:42:00 PM

Western Michigan T Chukwuma Okorafor accepted an invitation to attend the Senior Bowl.

Get ready for a potential powerful from Okorafor at the all-star event, leading to a rise up draft boards. Okorafor's teammate, Taylor Moton, was selected in the second round last April, and Okorafor has a chance to earn an even higher selection.
Source: Senior Bowl
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 11:38:00 AM

Western Michigan redshirt senior CB Darius Phillips accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Phillips (5'10/190) will be a fascinating evaluation case. While he lacks size, Phillips is a player who jumps off the screen whenever you're tuned into a Western Michigan game. He's a dynamic return man and an aggressive corner. This year, he has two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, three interceptions, one pick-six and 10 breakups. The converted receiver caught 32 balls as a freshman at his old post in 2014. Phillips has scored 14 touchdowns total over his career in five different ways (five kickoff returns, five interceptions, two receiving, one fumble recovery and one punt return). Those 12 career runbacks are an FBS record, and the five interception return touchdowns are tied for the FBS record.
Fri, Dec 8, 2017 05:33:00 PM

Western Michigan senior RB Jarvion Franklin rushed for 52 yards on 15 carries in Friday's 37-10 loss to Toledo.

Franklin had been as hot as any running back in the country entering this contest -- he had registered six consecutive 100-yard contests -- but was rarely able to find lanes against the Rockets in Friday's loss. The 6-foot, 220-pounder wraps up the regular season having rushed for 1,228 yards and 11 touchdowns in 12 games. He'll have an opportunity to add to that healthy total in bowl action next month before he calls it a collegiate career. Franklin has topped 1,000 yards rushing in three of four seasons.
Fri, Nov 24, 2017 03:07:00 PM

Western Michigan freshman QB Reece Goddard completed 15-of-27 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns in Wednesday's loss to Northern Illinois.

Goddard added a rushing touchdown. In his first two games starting in place of the injured Jon Wassink (collarbone), Goddard, a true freshman, looked lost. Against NIU's strong defense, he surprisingly flashed, throwing accurately and only making one big mistake (a costly fumble). WMU closes out the regular season at Toledo next week.
Thu, Nov 16, 2017 12:54:00 PM

Western Michigan senior RB Jarvion Franklin rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries in Wednesday's 35-31 loss to Northern Illinois.

The Broncos have been dealing with a rash of injuries at running back, but thankfully for their cause, Franklin has been an out-and-out rock. The 6-foot, 220-pounder has now topped 100 yards in each of his last six games and seven of his last eight. For the season as a whole, Franklin is up to 1,176 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns. He's gone over 1,000 yards on the ground in three of his four collegiate seasons.
Wed, Nov 15, 2017 10:56:00 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline says that Western Michigan senior RB Jarvion Franklin will be "an asset as a short yardage and goal-line ball carrier at the next level."

"A bigger runner who weighs about 225 pounds, Franklin grinds it out on the inside, punishing defenders to pick up the difficult yardage," Pauline writes. The analyst notes that the senior was "stamped as a late-round pick entering the season and looks every bit the draftable prospect this year." Franklin has rushed for 1,061 yards (5.5 YPC) and 10 touchdowns in 10 games this season. He's topped 1,000 yards on the ground in three of his four years with the Broncos.
Fri, Nov 10, 2017 08:09:00 PM

NFL.com Draft Analyst Lance Zierlein was told by a scout that Western Michigan senior T Chukwuma Okorafor was a player to watch if you're looking for a riser.

Okorafor (6'5/355) has received rave reviews over the past few weeks, and this is another one. "Chukes is going to be the guy to watch if you are looking for a riser in the draft at (offensive tackle). Big, long and athletic. (Those players) go high," the NFC area scout told Zierlein. Zierlein also notes that teams believe that he can play both left and right tackle, and that versatility will certainly help his draft stock.
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Nov 9, 2017 08:45:00 PM

Western Michigan senior RB Jarvion Franklin rushed for 191 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in Wednesday's 48-20 win over Kent State.

The Broncos have been destroyed by injuries at running back -- both LeVante Bellamy and Jamauri Bogan have been lost for the season -- but Franklin just keeps on ticking. In Wednesday's victory, the senior averaged 8.68 YPC, with his touchdown coming on a sweet 72-yard scamper in the final seconds of the first quarter. Franklin's now sitting on 1,061 yards for the campaign, his third 1,000-yard season in four years with the Broncos. With two games remaining on the schedule (at NIU, at Toledo), he'll need to rack up 490 yards rushing to match the career-best 1,551 yards he posted as a true freshman. It's doable, but would require two huge performances. Regardless, Franklin's going to end the campaign with stellar overall numbers.
Thu, Nov 9, 2017 03:16:00 PM

Western Michigan redshirt sophomore WR Giovanni Ricci remains out due to a lacerated spleen.

Ricci (6'4/200) is one of a number of walking wounded for the Broncos. He initially sustained the lacerated spleen against Buffalo on October 7 and has not played since. It's unlikely that the redshirt sophomore is able to return before the end of the season. Luke Sanders has seen starting work in his place.
Source: mlive.com
Wed, Nov 8, 2017 10:45:00 PM

Western Michigan redshirt sophomore S Davontae Ginwright will miss the remainder of the season after being diagnosed with a torn ACL.

Ginwright (6'3/195) suffered the season-ending knee injury in a win over Eastern Michigan on October 21. He finishes his second active campaign with the Broncos having registered an even 50 tackles in eight games.
Source: mlive.com
Wed, Nov 8, 2017 08:35:00 PM


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