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Western Michigan redshirt junior OT Wilie Beavers could be a zone-blocking OG in the NFL, observes TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline.

"Lining up at the left tackle spot, Beavers is a quick, nimble blocker effective on the move," Pauline wrote. "He must improve his finishing strength but Beavers offers potential as a zone blocking guard in the NFL." The analyst currently grades Beavers as a UDFA prospect, but the Broncos' left tackle has two seasons of eligibility remaining to boost his stock.
Jul 30 - 7:53 PM

Former Michigan DT Richard Ash transferred to Western Michigan.

Ash recently graduated from Michigan, which means he'll be eligible to play immediately. The 6-3, 314-pounder was a four-star recruit in 2010 but played sporadically for the Wolverines.
May 19 - 7:09 PM

Western Michigan RB Dareyon Chance won an appeal to receive a fifth year of eligibility and will play in 2014.

A medical hardship waiver was awarded because Chance missed all but the first three games of the 2011 season due to injury. Chance (5-foot-5, 169 pounds) led the Broncos with 692 rushing yards last season. No other RB on WMU's 2014 depth chart has recorded a single collegiate carry, so he has a decent chance to repeat the trick.
Source: MLive.com
Mar 20 - 2:31 PM

Western Michigan sophomore WR Jaime Wilson could miss the season after breaking his left ankle.

Head coach P.J. Fleck called it a "freak accident," and Wilson has already undergone surgery. The best case scenario is an eight to nine week absence, although we expect a longer timetable. Wilson led the team with 67 receptions for 792 yards and eight touchdowns in 2012. He could redshirt the season, as well.
Source: MLive
Wed, Aug 14, 2013 10:23:00 AM

Draft insider Tony Pauline distributed a 6-7 round grade on Western Michigan senior S Johnnie Simon.

Simon is a defensive terror in the MAC, a defender listed as a linebacker on Western Michigan's website but who actually plays a hybrid LB/DB role for the Broncos. "Versatile safety who plays smart, tough football," writes Pauline. "Aggressive against the run but plays within assignments. Quick outside the numbers pursuing the action. Constantly around the play. Reminds me of Antonio Allen, 7th round pick, New York Jets, 2012."
Thu, Aug 1, 2013 03:13:00 PM

Western Michigan redshirt freshman WR A.J. King will miss the 2013 season with an undisclosed injury.

King redshirted last season due to an injury, and it appears he is still recovering from that same issue. The Broncos also lost senior receiver, and former JUCO transfer, Justin Collins.
Source: MLive
Mon, Jul 22, 2013 09:44:00 AM

Western Michigan senior WR Justin Collins will miss the season due to a torn ACL.

Collins suffered the injury during a non-contact offseason activity. He appeared in 10 games last season and made three starts, registering 27 catches for 401 yards and five touchdowns. He could apply for an injury waiver.
Source: MLive
Mon, Jul 22, 2013 09:38:00 AM

Former Notre Dame sophomore WR Justin Ferguson is transferring to Western Michigan.

The school will lose two senior receivers, Josh Schaffer and Justin Collins, to graduation after this season, so Ferguson's talents will help in 2014. This is a great pickup for head coach P.J. Fleck.
Sat, Jul 13, 2013 12:26:00 PM

Western Michigan senior S Johnnie Simon caught draft insider Tony Pauline's eye when watching MAC conference prospects.

Simon is listed as a linebacker on Western Michigan's website, but he plays a hybrid role for the Broncos. In 12 games he totaled 103 tackles, with three pass breakups and one interception.
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 12:07:00 PM

Lions signed Western Michigan QB Alex Carder.

Carder (6-2, 216) showed some athleticism with a 4.92 forty, 33-inch vertical, and 9-foot-5 broad jump at Western Michigan's March 12 Pro Day. Not an NFL-caliber pocket passer, Carder completed only 58.5 percent of his senior-year throws with a 6.66 YPA and 13:10 TD-to-INT ratio. He also missed six games with a fractured right (throwing) hand. He'll try to beat out Kellen Moore for No. 3 duties in Detroit.
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 10:17:00 PM

Western Michigan QB Alex Carder is visiting the Bengals on Wednesday.

Carder participated int he East-West Shrine game and failed to standout. He will likely be an undrafted free agent, but teams usually bring in one rookie under those circumstances. Carder previously visited the Jets.
Source: Scout.com
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 12:52:00 PM

Western Michigan senior QB Alex Carder will participate in the East-West Shrine Game.

Carder missed the majority of his senior season with a broken throwing hand. In fact, a pin had to be inserted during surgery, but Carder did play in the final two games of the season. He is a fringe draftable talent, so this week could be big for the Broncos' evaluation.
Fri, Dec 7, 2012 03:49:00 PM

Western Michigan senior QB Alex Carder is aiming to return for the Broncos game against Central Michigan on November 3.

Carder had a pin inserted, and subsequently removed, in his broken throwing hand, but a fairly lengthy recovery process is required. Carder is a favorite non-BCS quarterback of some, but he'll have to show NFL caliber arm talent and skills in a post season all star game, possibly even the East-West Shrine.
Source: MLive
Thu, Oct 18, 2012 09:27:00 AM

Western Michigan senior QB Alex Carder will have the pin removed from his throwing hand on Monday.

The starter injured his hand by hitting it on a UConn player's helmet late in the third quarter of their game. No timetable has been set for his return, but things are certainly more complicated since the injury is to his throwing hand.
Source: MLive
Thu, Oct 4, 2012 04:16:00 PM

Western Michigan senior QB Alex Carder will undergo surgery on his throwing hand Thursday.

Carder will have a pin inserted in the middle finger of his right hand after the starter injured his hand by hitting it on a UConn player's helmet late in the third quarter of their contest. Junior Tyler Van Tubbergen will take over the starting reps for the time being.
Source: MLive
Thu, Sep 27, 2012 09:09:00 AM


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