College Football Preview: The 2014 Western Michigan Broncos
Western Michigan will experience growing pains with plenty of new faces.
2014 College Football Preview
The Western Michigan Broncos continue their rebuilding process with youth and new faces throughout the roster.
Overview: All we need to say about Western Michigan was their only win in 2013 was a one point victory over UMass who lost on a botched two point conversion. The good news is PJ Fleck has a fantastic recruiting class coming in but the bad is they won't have an impact in the coming year.
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Offense: Zach Terrell took over under center almost half way through the schedule when Tyler Van Tubbergen hurt his shoulder. Terrell threw for over 1,600 on 53% as a freshman so the experience hopefully turns in to something better in 2014 if he fends off Cameron Thomas. MAC Freshman of the Year Corey Davis caught 67 passes for 941 yards with Timmy Keith and Kendrick Roberts returning as the second and third option while several highly touted newcomers will be getting a look as well. The Broncos have no running backs returning with any kind of experience so this position is up for grabs. The O-Line sports four players back that entered 2013 with little experience so another year of seasoning can't hurt.
Defense: The defense might be the biggest unknown with marginal experience throughout the front seven. Only one of the top four lineman are back and just four of the ten on the roster return. Throw in the linebacking lost all three starters and the front seven is virtually devoid of quality experience. Once again a bevy of strong recruits are sprinkled throughout both units so these units have potential but little else. The secondary is loaded with FS Justin Currie leading the team with 86.5 tackles while corners Donald Celiscar and Ronald Zamort were solid in pass coverage.
Special Teams: J. Schroeder averaged 39.7 yards on a whopping 77 boots while Andrew Haldeman was a solid 16-20 on field goals. Coverage teams were poor and need to be revamped while I expect the return teams could get overhauled with some of the new faces getting a look.
Outlook: The cupboard is not bare with a great recruiting class but it is young...very young. Having said that I think Western Michigan will win a few games but won't be a factor for another few years when their talent gains some experience...