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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.
Nov 16 - 12:54 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.
Nov 15 - 10:56 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.
Nov 10 - 8:09 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
Nov 9 - 8:45 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.
Nov 9 - 3:16 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
Nov 8 - 10:45 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
Nov 8 - 8:35 PM

Western Michigan redshirt sophomore RB LeVante Bellamy (ankle) has been ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Bellamy (5'9/185) suffered the season-ending ankle injury in a loss to Akron on October 15. The redshirt sophomore was averaging a sharp 8.0 YPC prior to being sidelined and had turned in a pair of 100-yard performances through six games. He ends the campaign having rushed for 394 yards and a trio of touchdowns. The Broncos have been hit with a slew of injuries at running back, but if there's a positive, Jarvion Franklin is still standing for the time being.
Source: mlive.com
Nov 8 - 7:21 PM

Western Michigan redshirt freshman RB Matt Falcon will "play a ton" in Wednesday's game against Kent State, per HC Tim Lester.

The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Falcon was a four-star prospect heading into his senior year of high school. He held offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Tennessee and others before a second career knee injury caused bigger schools to back off. Falcon wound up at WMU, and, after redshirting his first season to get healthy, is now in the spotlight with fellow RBs Jamauri Bogan and Davon Tucker suffering season-ending foot injuries against Central Michigan last week. RB LeVante Bellamy previously suffered a season-ending injury. "Jarvion (Franklin) had to run it at the end, he was the guy, but we also got Falcon warmed up at the end on the sideline," Lester said. "We didn't put him in, but he'll play a ton this week, obviously. ... We're lucky to have (Falcon) back, and then we have Prince Walker, a true freshman - I don't want to burn his shirt if I don't have to, but we might have to."
Source: MLive
Nov 7 - 4:46 PM

Western Michigan freshman QB Reece Goddard will start against Kent State in the home finale on Wednesday.

As expected. Goodard struggled mightily against Central Michigan last week -- going 6-for-18 for 42 yards in a game that was played in horrendous conditions -- but he'll have a long leash with starter Jon Wassink (collarbone) out for the year.
Nov 7 - 1:33 PM

Western Michigan redshirt sophomore RB Davon Tucker (undisclosed) will miss the remainder of the season.

Tucker (5'8/210) has recorded stats in four games this season, rushing for 143 yards and three touchdowns in that space. His absence would normally count as a depth loss given his lack of playing time, but with LeVante Bellamy and Jamauri Bogan also down for the count, Western Michigan could use the warm body right now. Jarvion Franklin and Matt Falcon will handle starting and backup duties, respectively, from here on out.
Nov 6 - 7:55 PM

Western Michigan redshirt junior RB Jamauri Bogan will miss the remainder of the season due to a foot injury.

Bogan suffered the injury in last Wednesday's loss to Central Michigan. The Broncos have been absolutely snake-bitten in the running backs room this season, with LeVante Bellamy, Davon Tucker and Bogan all now ruled out for the rest of the season. It'll be the Jarvion Franklin Show for the remainder of the campaign. Matt Falcon slides up to No. 2 on the depth chart behind Franklin. The 5-foot-7, 192-pound Bogan ends the injury-shortened year with 589 yards and a trio of touchdowns over the course of nine games played.
Nov 6 - 7:29 PM

Western Michigan senior RB Jarvion Franklin rushed for 228 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries in Wednesday's 35-28 loss to Central Michigan.

Franklin opened the game's scoring in high style via a 47-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter. He later added a nine-yard scoring dash in the third quarter. This was the 6-foot, 220-pounder's first 200-yard rushing performance of the campaign, but even beyond this one game, he's been sensational of late. Franklin has now surpassed 100 yards rushing in four consecutive games and five of the last six contests. He's up to 870 yards and nine scores for the campaign as a whole.
Nov 2 - 12:42 PM

Western Michigan freshman QB Reece Goddard will work as starter with Jon Wassink sidelined for the remainder of the regular season due to a broken collarbone.

Goddard closed out Saturday's win over Eastern Michigan after Wassink was knocked out early in the fourth quarter. The former three-star recruit completed 2-of-3 passes while rushing for 20 yards in that cameo appearance. Said HC Tim Lester, "He's young, he has a lot of talent, and he has great moxie when he gets the ball in his hands in the pocket." We'll get our first chance to see extended action from Goddard when the Broncos do battle with Central Michigan on Wednesday, November 1. WMU is currently in the midst of their bye week.
Source: mlive.com
Oct 24 - 7:08 PM

Western Michigan junior QB Jon Wassink will miss the remainder of the regular season due to a broken collarbone.

Wassink (6'3/195) broke his collarbone in the fourth quarter of a win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday. Team and player have yet to determine whether he will require surgery, but that is one option on the table. Depending on how quickly the junior is able to heal up, he could potentially be available for bowl action in December. Wassink has thrown for 1,391 yards with a respectable 14/4 TD/INT ratio in eight games this season. True freshman Reece Goddard is expected to start for the remainder of the campaign with Wassink no longer in the picture.
Source: mlive.com
Oct 24 - 6:30 PM


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