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WMU football ready to dive into 2012 schedule

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Senior rover Johnnie Simon says the defense is focused on stopping the run in 2012
Senior wide receiver Eric Monette says he's not taking anything for granted as he steps into a leading role in the Bronco offense.
Senior rover Johnnie Simon says the defense is focused on stopping the run in 2012

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KALAMAZOO (WKZO) – Featuring three preseason award candidates, Western Michigan held their annual media day Friday in the Bill Brown Alumni Football Center. Quarterback Alex Carder, Center Kevin Galeher and Rover Johnnie Simon along with eighth year head coach Bill Cubit offered their opinions on the upcoming season following the opening week of training camp. Click here to watch the entire press conference.

Carolyn Binder caught up with Wide Receiver Eric Monette and Johnnie Simon after the team addressed the media.

With the departure of Jordan White, coach Cubit emphasized the need for the next star to step up at the wide receiver position. Entering his senior season, Eric Monette is at the front of the line. Monette returns as the Broncos’ leading wide receiver, and his grateful to have an opportunity to have his number called this season.

Losing two starters from 2011, the Bronco backfield is anchored by Johnnie Simon. Simon is coming off of a year that saw him record a team high 114 tackles. The senior Rover says he relishes the leadership role that he has this year. He added that working as a team on defense to stop the run will be a point of emphasis in 2012.

Simon says he draws inspiration from his brother, Johnson Simon. Johnson battles cerebral palsy and was never able to play football. Despite his lifelong battle, he is currently studying art at Western Michigan University, and is an accomplished artist. You can view some of his work here.

Western Michigan kicks off their season in Champaigne Illinois against the Fighting Illini.

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