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2013 Record: 1-11 MAC Record: 1-7 2014 Returning Starters: 14: 7 Offense, 5 Defense, Kicker, Punter
Coach: P.J. Fleck – At WMU and overall: 1-11,1 year
Offensive Coordinators: Kirk Clarrocca Defensive Coordinators: Ed PInkham
2014 Western Michigan Players to Watch: WR Corey Davis, CB Ronald Zamort, CB Donald Cellscar, S Justin Currie, S Rontavious Atkins
2014 Western Michigan Strengths:
Davis will draw plenty of defensive attention, which should create other opportunities through the air and on the ground. WMU returns five starters on aline that could help pave the way for a young and exciting backfield. A stout secondary will allow WMU’s front seven to find its groove.
2014 Western Michigan Weaknesses:
WMU has an overall lack of depth at most positions. It needs plenty of freshmen to be able to handle the rigors of college football and battle for starting jobs, including at quarterback and running back. Injuries on either line could be potentially devastating.
2014 Western Michigan Offense:
Western Michigan was unable to solve many position battles in the spring as it waited for the arrival of the highest-rated recruiting class in the history of the Mid-American Conference. Freshman All-American receiver Corey Davis (67 catches, 941 yards, six touchdowns) will be a legitimate scoring threat, and he should have more help around him this fall. WMU also returns its second- and third-leading receivers, Kendrick Roberts (23 for 354, one TD) and Timmy Keith (20 for 218). Redshirt freshman Darius Phillips, who sat out last year due to complications with the NCAA, had a stellar spring camp. WMU will bring in three-star receiver Lonnie Johnson, who switched allegiances from Ohio State late in the recruiting process. WMU hired former University of Michigan superstar back Mike Hart, who gets to coach fifth-year senior Dareyon Chance and help develop three touted incoming freshmen – Jarvion Franklin, Jamauri Bogan and Leo Ekwoge. Returning starting quarterback Zach Terell further separated himself from redshirt freshman Cam Thomas in the spring, but Terell will have to hold off incoming 6-5 four-star recruit Chance Stewart, who was a headliner of the signing class.
2014 Western Michigan Defense:
The Broncos were young, mostly undersized in the front seven last season, and a lack of depth forced a few players to play out of position. WMU returns a few players on the defensive line that could be difference-makers, including Keion Adams, Cleveland Smith and David Curle, but depth is a big concern at this position. Western Michigan will have three new starting linebackers and other young prospects well into the depth chart, but like so many other positions, the development of the incoming freshmen will have a big say on the group’s success. The strength of WMU’s defense clearly will be the secondary, which returns three of four starters, plus playmaking senior safety Rontavious Atkins, who proved to be a difference maker in the close season-opening loss at Michigan State last year before breaking his hand in that game. The Broncos had the best pass defense in the MAC and the fourth-best mark in the country last season (169.2).
2014 Western Michigan Special Teams:
The Broncos have two veterans. Andrew Haldeman hit 16 of 20 field goal attempts during his junior campaign, but struggled with his kickoff power. Junior punter J. Schroeder has proven he has plenty of strength, but consistency has been an issue. He improved on that point last year, but still finished with one of the lower averages in the MAC (39.7 yards).
2014 Western Michigan Football Predictions:
The school raised about $3.4 million for facility renovations, including new turf at Waldo Stadium and a facelift to its weight room and other indoor facilities in coach P.J. Fleck’s first year. His 1-11 inaugural campaign didn’t sit well with the fan base, but he’s building the program the right way, especially with that strong recruiting class.
2014 Western Michigan Football Betting Odds:
Western Michigan Current odds to win a National Championship: OFF
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