As we finish up July, I am going to be putting up a quick fact sheet and schedule for each team in our beloved Mid-American conference. Bookmark it and use it as a cheat sheet for the season, I know I will.
The Tim Lester era has officially begun in Kalamazoo. His first game as a head coach will be against USC, who finished the season 10-3 and on a 9 game winning streak. The Broncos follow that up with a trip to East Lansing to take on a confusing Michigan State team.
Western Michigan Broncos Cheat Sheet
- Head Coach: Tim Lester, 1st season.
- 2016 record: 12-1
- 2017 schedule:
Sat, Sept., 2 at USC Trojans
Sat, Sept., 9 at Michigan State Spartans
Sat, Sept., 16 Idaho Vandals
Sat, Sept., 23 Wagner Seahawks
Sat, Sept., 30 Ball State Cardinals
Sat, Oct., 7 at Buffalo Bulls
Sat, Oct., 14 Akron Zips
Sat, Oct., 21 at Eastern Michigan Eagles
Wed, Nov., 1 Central Michigan Chippewas
Wed, Nov., 8 Kent State Golden Flashes
Wed, Nov., 15 at Northern Illinois Huskies
Fri, Nov., 24 at Toledo Rockets
- Returning Starters:
- Key Returnees:
Jarvion Franklin, Sr, RB: 41 career rushing TDs and 3639 yards. Second Team All-MAC in 2016
Jamauri Bogan, Jr, RB: 1974 career yards.
Chukwuma Okoafor, Sr., LT: 2016 first team All-MAC.
Robert Spillane, Sr, LB: 21.5 career TFL. 2016 Second Team All-MAC.
Justin Tranquill, Soph., SS: 86 tackles in 2016.
News and Notes
- Okorafor was named by Mel Kiper as one of the top 5 tackles in the country for 2017
- Here is a great write up on “The Black Ghost”.
- Western Michigan was picked to finish second in the West at the MAC Media Day.