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  • Mixed Results For Former Broncos During Week 1

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    Kalamazoo, MI (WKZO) – It was a good and bad weekend for former member of the Bronco Football Team. There are currently 6 Broncos in the NFL, here’s a look back at how each preformed this past week during the Week 1 of the NFL season.

    Greg Jennings- Jennings continues to show why he is one of the best receivers in the NFL. He scored the first touchdown of the NFL season on Thursday night as the Packers defeated the New Orleans Saints 42-34. The Kalamazoo native finished the game with 7 receptions and 89 yards to go along with his touchdown.

    Louis Delmas- Delmas didn’t record a tackle for the Lions in their 27-20 victory over Tampa but he was instrumental in holding the Buccaneers Offense to only 13 points. The Lions defense dominated Tampa and Delmas’ play in the secondary was a big reason why. He did finish with 2 pass deflections.

    Tony Scheffler- Scheffler had only one reception but he made it count. The tight end had an 11 yard TD reception and only of the best touchdown celebrations in recent member. Scheffler also did a great job when called upon to block, helping the Lions gain 126 yards on the ground.

    E.J. Biggers- The third year safety for the Buccaneers was the only former Bronco Football Player not to win this weekend but he did finish with 2 tackles and made a giant impact for Tampa. Tampa once again has one of the youngest defenses in the NFL and Biggers is going to be a major player for them as they look to build on last year’s 10-6 record.

    Jason Babin- Babin signed a 5 year/$28 million contract with the Eagles after recording a career high 12.5 sacks in 2010 with the Titans. Many experts believed the Eagles overpaid for Babin, but Sunday he showed he is well worth the money. He had 2 sacks and 4 tackles as the Eagles topped the St. Louis Rams 31-13.

    Joe Reitz-The former Bronco Basketball player made his first career start on Sunday, and while he’ll remember the game, it won’t be for a good reason. The Colts were dominated by the Texans, falling 34-7. Reitz and the Colts offensive line were responsible for allowing 3 sacks of quarterback Kerry Collins.

     

  • THE TALE OF TWO NIGHT GAMES.

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) – This weekend was one to remember.  The 10th anniversary of September 11th.   People remembered where they were 10 years ago on 9/11.   The NFL season started up after months of wondering if a season would even happen.  The University of Michigan beat Notre Dame in the first ever night game at historic Michigan Stadium.   And the Tigers improved their season win record at home in Detroit.

    But there is one event from the past weekend that won’t be remembered by many, the Western Michigan / Nicholls State Football Game, under the lights at Waldo Stadium.

    The opening night at Waldo Stadium, called Comm-university, is usually a giant celebration with many former alumni in attendance to kick off the season.  Comm-university night has been a proud Western Michigan University tradition since 1992.   The all-day event is concluded with a night game starting at 7pm.    

    A large photograph hangs in the boss’s office of a packed Waldo Stadium on Comm-university night a few years back.   There were over 30,000 in attendance.   All the seats filled, even fans sitting on the grass to watch WMU’s mighty Bronco football team win the game.   This past Saturday night less than half that many actually made it to Waldo stadium to see the game.  The Broncos played a good game, the Bronco marching band’s performance was superb and the half time fireworks show was the best one ever.   The party was thrown but the guests didn’t come.

    If only the sky was clear and the rain had stayed away.   If only there were no competing college football or professional baseball events happening at the same time, the seats at Waldo Stadium would have been full.

    Just up the road from Kalamazoo, 114,000 fans packed into the Big House and thousands more came to Ann Arbor for their party.   The Wolverines and the Irish gave the fans a real show.  Commentators have said the game was so well attended the school should look at scheduling more night games in future seasons.

    It doesn’t motivate your football team to play to an empty house.  It is obvious that if Michigan is going to play a night game the same time WMU is presenting a night game that the WMU game’s attendance will be less than it should be.  

    So, if Michigan continues its new tradition of a big game under the lights on the same day as Comm-university, the Bronco faithful will have to face a difficult decision.   Schedule opposite the big Wolverine home night game and Bronco attendance will be low.

    If you are a Bronco fan who chose Ann Arbor, the Tigers or just staying dry over cheering your Broncos on in person on September 10th, this Saturday is your day of redemption.    Western’s biggest home game of the year is this Saturday afternoon.   The boys from Central are coming to town and every Bronco fan needs to make being at Waldo Stadium the top priority of the day.  We’ve put 30,000 fans in Waldo Stadium in the past, let’s do it again this Saturday.

  • NCAA Strikes Statistics from 2011 Opener

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) - The following is a statement, mutually drafted by the Western Michigan and University of Michigan athletic relations departments and supported by both the Big Ten and the Mid-American Conference, in response to the NCAA striking the statistics from the 2011 weather shortened opening game.

    “The NCAA informed both Western Michigan and Michigan earlier this week that based on the NCAA Football Rules Book, it will keep the records of both teams, score of the game and attendance, but will not recognize the statistics from last Saturday’s opening game due to the game not completing the third quarter.  Both programs were informed they and their respective conferences have the right to keep the game’s statistics as a part of their respective records.  After discussion, WMU, Michigan, the Big Ten and the Mid-American Conference have mutually agreed to keep the statistics as a part of their records for the 2011 season and beyond.  Therefore, there will be a one-game discrepancy in statistical information between the NCAA and both schools/conferences moving forward.”

  • Monday Morning Quarterback: Central Week Edition

    Posted by Zeke

    KALAMAZOO, MI(WKZO)-- With a day to marinate on Western Michigan's 38-7 victory over Nicholls State, we take a look back at what the Broncos did and what they will need to do to come out victrious vs Central Michigan this Saturday.

    Continue running the ball. Last week vs Nicholls State, the Broncos ran the ball for over 200 yards. What stood out the most though was the way it was done. Western Michigan has multiple running backs at it's disposal which allows them to run the ball with different styles. They can pound you with Tevin Drake or they can make the quick off tackle runs with the likes of Brian Fields. Last week, Drake ran for 86 yards on 10 carries and Fields ran for two touchdowns. It will be important for the Broncos to get a similar running game going vs. CMU to open up the passing lanes for Alex Carder.

    Give Alex Carder time to throw. Through the first two games of the season, its clear that the area that needs the most attention will be our offensive line. They've done a decent job so far considering all the things they've encountered with injuries and position switches. The offensive line will be key this week, without them doing their job well, it will be hard for Carder to throw the ball. It starts and ends with them, if they can hold down the fort, big things are possible for the offense this week.

    Win the turnover battle. Week one, the Broncos were -3 in the turnover category and they were +1 last week vs Nicholls with a few turnovers coming after the game was already in hand. Turnovers of any kind this week will cost them a lot more. Last year the Broncos fumbled the ball vs Central four times, losing all of them. Central Michigan is a tough, physically sound team who looks to strip the ball any chance they get. Ball control is key this week.

    Clamp down on defense. In a game like this, the Broncos have to show up on defense as well as on offense. Through the first two games, Central Michigan has yet to rush for over 100 yards. The Broncos have to make sure to get pressure from their defensive line to make Central one dimensional then take care of the receivers. No allowing CMU receivers to have big gains and we must get off the field on third downs. Against South Carolina State, CMU went 3-14 on third downs and vs Kentucky, they went 7-18. Last year vs the Broncos, they were 3-12. WMU must continue to make CMU punt the ball.

    Make big plays on special teams. Dervon Wallace is huge for the Broncos. He had 188 yards in kickoff returns vs Michigan and 83 yards vs Nicholls State. More than a few of those returns had the potential to be touchdowns but were stopped by shoe string tackles. Its Central week. None of that. If Wallace or anyone else gets a chance to take one to the house, they have to take advantage of it. Gaining yards and good field position is great but this would be a great week for Western to take one to the house.

    FINISH. Last year vs CMU, the Broncos had a nine point lead going into the fourth quarter, only to watch it slip away. That cannot happen again. If the Broncos get a lead, the defense needs to hold on to it and the offense needs to build upon it. Its that simple. It wont be easy by any means but it can be done. The Broncos have to stay focused for every bit of four quarters and get the victory.

    No matter how you look at it, this is a huge game for both teams. If WMU can do these things, they can end their losing streak to CMU this Saturday and propel themselves to great heights. One game at a time. It starts this week. Go Broncos.

  • Broncos Sports First Nicholls State Recap

    Posted by Zeke

    KALAMAZOO, MI(WKZO)-- Broncos Sports First reporters Colin Windecker and Zeke Trezevant recap Western Michigan's 38-7 victory over Nicholls State.

  • PREVIEW: Western Michigan Broncos Vs. Nicholls State Colonels

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    After last week’s weather shortened game against Michigan, the Broncos return to Waldo Stadium for their home opener against FCS opponent Nicholls State. For the second straight year, Nicholls State travels to Kalamazoo to take on the Broncos in the home opener. In last year’s matchup, WMU won 49-14.

    5 Keys to the game:

    1. Focus on this weekend.  We all know what next weekend is. And after last year’s heartbreaking loss to Central Michigan, the Broncos want nothing more than to defeat that school from up-north. But that’s next weekend. The Broncos must stay focused on Nicholls and not look past this game or an upset could happen. The Colonels kept it close with the Broncos in last year’s matchup, trailing by only 7 at halftime. Don’t look past this weekend’s game, take care of business on the field this Saturday, and then put all your attention towards CMU and winning the Battle For The Cannon.

    2. Pound the ball. Against Michigan, the Broncos running backs were able to average 6 yards per carry. They must continue to run the ball to keep the offense balanced. Coach Cubit has a tendency to get away from the run later in games, but if the Broncos are able to take an early lead, they’ll need the running game to be effective to slow down the game and take time off the clock late in the game.

    3. Contain LaQuintin Caston. Caston is a poor man’s Denard Robinson. Against Evangel last week he rushed for 137 yards and 2 touchdowns but only threw for 39 yards. Keep Caston in the pocket and the Colonels offense will be all but neutralized   

    4. Take advantage of special teams. Dervon Wallace might be one of the best return men in the MAC. He should have a big day today and don’t be surprised if he returns one to the house.

    5. Protect Alex Carder. The last thing the Broncos need is for Carder to go down with an injury before CMU next weekend. Carder took some big hits last week at Michigan and can’t afford to get hit hard against Nicholls.

    Prediction: Western Michigan 41 Nicholls State 7

    Check out wkzo.com during the game for live in game coverage.

  • Former Bronco Basketball Standout Earns Starting Job In The NFL

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) – Former Bronco standout basketball player Joe Reitz will be playing professional this weekend. However it won’t be in the NBA. Reitz will be the starting left guard this Sunday for the Indianapolis Colts, as they take on the Houston Texans in the opening weekend of the NFL season.

    Reitz was a member of the Broncos Basketball team between 2004-2008 where he set school records for career games played (128) and games started (126). Reitz also ranks 4th in points and 3rd in rebounds on the Broncos all-time career list.

    "I feel like a proud papa," said Western Michigan men's basketball coach Steve Hawkins, who coached Reitz throughout his college career. "I can think of no one who deserves it more. He has a strong work ethic, and while he was here he was First-Team All-MAC as well as an Academic All-American on several occasions. Joe epitomized everything we want out of a student-athlete"

    Reitz spent 2010 as a member of the Colts practice squad and has also spent time with the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins, as members of their practice squads. 

  • VIDEO: WMU Head Coach Bill Cubit, "Good To Be Back At Waldo"

    Posted by Colin Windecker

    KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) -- This weekend will be the home opener for the Broncos, as they return to Waldo Stadium to take on Nicholls State Saturday Night at 7pm. WMU Head Coach Bill Cubit spoke with Broncos Sports First about returning to Waldo, and not looking to far ahead to next week's game against Central Michigan.

  • VIDEO: WMU Wide Receiver Jordan White: "We're going to get things done."

    Posted by Zeke

    KALAMAZOO, MI(WKZO)-- Wide Receiver Jordan White speaks with Bronco Sports First about Western Michigan's game vs Michigan last week and their upcoming game vs Nicholls. White also speaks about his expectations for the rest of the season and the progression of quarterback Alex Carder.