Western Michigan is coming off a 4-8 season and is heading to East Lansing to take on the Spartans on Friday for the season opener. P.J Fleck replaces Bill Cubit as head coach after a dismal season last year. The Broncos are also replacing former star quarterback Alex Carder, and returning senior Tyler Van Tubbergen will take the reigns at quarterback. The Broncos have a very depleated wide receiving corps that has seen last seasons MAC Freshman of the Year Jamie Wilson be lost for the season with a broken ankle. Justin Collins, Daniel Bravermen, and A.J King also suffered injuries and will also be lost for the season. The biggest concern and question for the Broncos this season will undoubtedly be the wide receivers.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Broncos lose lock down corner Lewis Towler as he transferred to Rutgers after the Broncos fired head coach Bill Cubit. The good news for the Borncos is that the rest of the secondary is deep and experienced led by Donald Celiscar who will be replacing Towler. On the other hand, the defensive line lost a lot of talent from last years team. Paul Hazel, Freddie Bishop, and Woody Legrier are all gone and only Travonte Boles is left. The Defensive line is a very young and inexperienced position. Western does return a pretty good linebacker by the name of Terry Easmon out of Sacramento, California. Easmon had 3 games of at least 11 tackles and had a season high 15 tackles against Ball State. Junior Devon Brant also returns and could play a bigger role this season. Brant also had a 15 tackle and a 11 tackle game, I would expect Brant to see more time on the field this season after a strong finish to the season.