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Western Michigan redshirt junior RB Jamauri Bogan ran for 132 yards on 14 carries with a touchdown in a 49-14 route of Wagner on Saturday.

Bogan (5'7/192) struggled in his last two games, but had no issue running against a not-so-impressive Wagner defense. He could have had an even bigger day if the Broncos didn't call off the dogs -- or horses, in this case -- in the second half. His touchdown was a 3-yard burst to make it 21-0 WMU. Bogan will get a chance to build on this game when the Broncos take on Ball State next week.
Sep 23 - 11:23 PM

Western Michigan junior QB Jon Wassink completed 21-of-31 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 38 yards and two additional scores in Saturday's 37-28 win over Idaho.

Wassink connected on a 15-yard scoring pass to D'Wayne Eskridge early in the third quarter and scored a pair of key rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter to help the Broncos put away a game Idaho squad. This was the junior's most complete game this season, as he had done little on a statistical basis prior to showing up in places versus the Vandals.
Sep 16 - 10:49 PM

USA Today's Luke Easterling doesn't think it's inconceivable that Western Michigan redshirt senior CB Darius Phillips could be picked in Rd. 1 in April.

Phillips (5'10/190) has begun the new season on a heater. In two games, he already has two kick return touchdowns, a fumble return touchdown (he also forced the fumble), two interceptions and three passes defensed. "Phillips has the combination of athleticism, instincts and technique that will make him a valuable asset at the next level," Easterling wrote. "His ability to make splash plays in the return game is a bonus, but one that will allow him to make an instant impact in the NFL while he establishes himself as a defender." Easterling likens Phillips' impact to that of former US CB Adoree’ Jackson, who went No. 18 to the Titans in the spring. "[I]f Phillips keeps making this kind of impact whenever he’s on the field, it wouldn’t be shocking to see him crash the top 32 picks come next April," Easterling wrote.
Source: Draft Wire
Sep 15 - 4:44 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes that Western Michigan redshirt senior CB Darius Phillips could potentially work his way into Day 2 with a strong NFL Combine.

Phillips (5'10/190) is a former WR who caught 32 balls as a freshman under P.J. Fleck in 2014. In the opener this fall, Phillips intercepted Sam Darnold and returned a kickoff for a touchdown. Last week against Michigan State, he took his second kickoff return for a touchdown. In that game, he added another interception and had a strip-and-score touchdown in the second half. "Phillips has decent size, but it's his playmaking that has stood out," Kiper wrote. "He had three pick-sixes last season, too, and in 2015 he had two picks against Ohio State. So he's not just performing well against lower-level competition. Could the senior be a Day 2 pick? Let's see how he fares at the combine. He has been impressive."
Source: ESPN
Sep 15 - 12:35 PM

Western Michigan junior RB LaVante Bellamy rushed for 67 yards on 12 carries in Saturday's 28-14 loss to Michigan State.

Fellow running backs Jamauri Bogan and Jarvion Franklin both played in the game, but it was Bellamy who led the Broncos on the ground -- same as he did when he piled up 102 yards against USC in WMU's opener last Saturday. Bellamy and crew will take on Idaho in Week 3. Expect the team to continue to roll with a committee approach to the running backs room as the season unfolds.
Sep 9 - 8:01 PM

Western Michigan reshirt junior RB Jamauri Bogan ran for 77 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries on Saturday in a 49-31 loss to USC.

Bogan (5'7/192) ran for 923 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore last year, and he was able to produce on Saturday in one of his toughest games of the seasons. His touchdown was a four-yard burst that tied the game at seven late in the first quarter. He's going to face plenty of eight-man boxes going forward, but with his speed and ability to find holes, it shouldn't matter. He's one of the top backs in the MAC.
Sep 2 - 9:19 PM

Western Michigan junior QB Jon Wassink completed 11-for-22 yards 67 yards and an interception in a 49-31 loss to USC on Saturday.

Wassink (6'3/195) did make one of the biggest plays of the game, catching a double-pass from wide receiver Keishawn Watson and going 27 yards for a score to put the Broncos up 21-14 early in the third quarter. Outside of that, Wassink's job was to manage the game, and he did a mediocre job of that. He was inaccurate, and rarely attempted anything down field. Things won't get that much easier for the junior quarterback, as Western Michigan travels to East Lansing to take on Michigan State next week.
Sep 2 - 9:13 PM

On their Week 1 depth chart, Western Michigan named junior RB LaVante Bellamy a co-starter.

Bellamy (5'9/185) will be part of a three-headed monster at running back for the Broncos, joining Jarvion Franklin and Jamauri Bogan in the backfield as a co-starter. The latter two backs are still better bets to see significant carries, but Bellamy has made enough noise in preseason camp to throw his hat into the ring. He will be looking for a healthy campaign after being sidelined by a knee injury three games into the 2016 season. Bellamy rushed for 493 yards in 13 games as a true freshman.
Source: mlive.com
Aug 31 - 1:40 PM

Western Michigan is toying around with redshirt senior CB Darius Phillips on offense.

"We haven't messed with getting him the ball on offense, but it's something that we talk about a lot," said HC Tim Lester. Phillips (5'10/190) is not green to the receiving game, as he initially joined the Broncos as a wideout and logged a 32-479-2 receiving line as a redshirt freshman in 2014 before transitioning over to corner.
Source: mlive.com
Aug 18 - 1:39 PM

Western Michigan senior RB Jarvion Franklin ran the 40-yard dash time in 4.48 seconds at 235 pounds.

"Speed kills, so that's just going to open up another area of the game," Franklin said. "I wouldn't say that I'm faster, but this year, I'm just going to find more ways to utilize my speed." Franklin has rushed for 3,639 yards and 41 touchdowns while on campus. With another 1,000-yard season, he'll break the program's career rushing yardage mark.
Source: MLive
Aug 11 - 2:37 PM

With the transfer of Western Michigan junior QB Tom Flacco to Rutgers, redshirt sophomore QB Jon Wassink is now first in line to start.

Flacco had been competing with Wassink for starting honors during the spring. Wassink (6'3/195) has yet to attempt a pass during a game, but he was a three-star recruit coming out of high school in the winter of 2015. We should have a better idea of just how equipped he is to step into the big shoes vacated by Zach Terrell when August camp gets underway.
Source: mlive.com
Jul 27 - 8:23 PM

Syracuse junior DT Steven Clark transferred to Western Michigan.

Clark was previously medically disqualified from Syracuse due to a genetic disorder that increases the likelihood of blood clots. While Broncos doctors need to sign off on Clark’s health for him to see the field at WMU, the Syracuse Post-Standard reported that "four independent doctors cleared Clark for physical activity — two before the disqualification and two after." Clark is seeking a waiver to play immediately for the Broncos if cleared. "The NCAA I hope would let me," Clark said previously. "I hope they'd do the right thing." If so, he'd play nose tackle in WMU's 4-3 defense. If not, he has a redshirt year to burn and could return as a fourth-year junior in 2018.
Jul 26 - 1:56 PM

Western Michigan head coach Tim Lester praised sophomore D’Wayne Eskridge's speed.

"He has legit speed. He can roll," Lester said. The Broncos lost Corey Davis over the winter and have only 19 career catches returning to campus. Eskridge (5'9/190) has 18 of the 19. He's expected to function as WMU's No. 1 receiver this fall.
Jul 11 - 1:44 PM

Western Michigan senior RB Jarvion Franklin "has terrific size and speed numbers and runs with a powerful style, picking up a lot of yardage off contact," writes Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

"The senior is a bit one-dimensional, as he presents himself purely as a downhill runner who cannot turn the corner or change direction," Pauline wrote. Franklin (6'0/225) ran for 1,353 yards and 12 touchdowns on 5.5 ypa last year. He added a nifty 25-288-2 receiving line out of the backfield.
Jun 23 - 2:24 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline views Western Michigan LB Asantay Brown as "a late round pick as a nickel linebacker/special teams player."

"Brown is a small but very quick one-gap linebacker who shows terrific skill in pursuit," Pauline wrote. Last year, Brown (6'1/203) was named Second-Team All-MAC after recording 83 tackles. It was his first season as a linebacker after shifting over from safety. He added 6.5 TFL and 2.5 sacks.
Jun 23 - 1:37 PM


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