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Western Michigan Players to Watch

Despite their 3-5 record, the Western Michigan Broncos have talent that can match up against any MAC team at playing at Waldo Stadium.

Marilyn Indahl-US PRESSWIRE

Let's face it: Western Michigan is a good team that has been gutted by their best player an leader of their team Alex Carder going down early in the season. They've been oh-so-close these past seasons to put it together and finally win their first championship in a long time. This was supposed to be their year, having being right up there with NIU in preseason votes to win their division.

The Broncos are so close to having a good record. They outgained Kent 476 to 384 yds but turned the ball over a whopping 6 times with 3 INTs by Tubbergen. They went toe-to-toe vs. Ball State, but lost in OT as replacement QB Tyler Van Tubbergen threw two INTs. Toledo blew them out but what was the problem?? FOUR TURNOVERS AND 3 INTS BY TUBBERGEN I AM SENSING A TREND.

However, outside losing Carder the Broncos still have some players that can step it up and give the Huskies a good game in Kalamazoo. They are as follows:

Offense

  • QB Alex Carder - He's the best QB in the MAC and won't be playing against the Huskies. Carder is on the Walter Camp POY, Davey O'Brien, Senior Bowl, Manning, Unitas Golden Arm awards watch lists and has 1,049 yds and 8 TDs on the season.
  • C Kevin Galeher, 6'3" 300 SR (Rimington) has started all 8 games at center for the Broncos. Galeher has 20 career starts for the Broncos. He hails from St. Rita high school in Chicago and was on the Rimington watch list last year as well.
  • RT Dann O'Neill, 6'8" 305 SR (Senior Bowl) has started all 8 games for the Broncos this season. O'Neill has 31 career starts for the Broncos. O'Neill is a former superstar recruit that managed to escape the Rich Rod era at Michigan. He was named 3rd Team All-MAC last year. He also has really cool hair.
  • WR Jaime Wilson, 5'11" 196 FR (Biletnikoff) leads the nation in receptions per game and receiving yds per game among freshman. He recently broke the WMU record for 100 yd receiving games by a freshman. He ranks 10th in the nation with 7.38 receptions per game and 25th in the nation with 88.25 receiving ypg. On the season he has 59 rec for 706 yds and 6 TDs. He's one of those under the radar speed guys from Florida that make a major impact on MAC squads early.

Defense

  • OLB/Rover Johnnie Simon, 6'0" 197 JR (Jim Thorpe) leads the team with 75 tackles through 8 games. He has 21 career starts for the Broncos. He also led the team last year with 114 tackles and 10.5 TFL and made 2nd Team All-MAC.
  • NG Travonte Boles, 5'11" 290 JR leads the team with 8 TFLs through 8 games.
  • CB Donald Celiscar, 5'11" 185 SO has 11 pass breakups on the season along with 2 INTs through 8 games.