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KALAMAZOO, MI(WKZO)-- After a long a nerveracking wait, former Western Michigan Wide Receiver and Kicker Jon Potter were drafter late in the seventh round. White with the 37th pick in the 7th round by the Jets and Potter with the 44th pick in the 7th by the Bills.
KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) – The schedule for the 2012 Western Michigan University football team was released on Thursday. New to the schedule are Eastern Illinois (Sept 8), Minnesota (Sept 15), UMass (Oct 6) and Buffalo (Nov 11). Two BCS schools return to the Broncos non-conference schedule, Illinois (Sept 1) and UConn (Sept 22) . The Huskies will be the first BCS School to play at Waldo Stadium since the 2007 season opener against Indiana. The Fighting Illini will look familiar as former Toledo Head Coach Tim Beckham takes over a program that lost 6 straight games to end the regular season after winning their first 6 games, including a 23-20 victory over the Broncos.
CommUniverCity Night will be Saturday, September 8th against Division 1AA Eastern Illinois.
The Broncos open MAC play on September 29 with Beckman’s former team, in a rematch of the highest scoring game in Division 1 during 2011. The following week UMass heads to Kalamazoo, as the Broncos celebrate the University’s 89th Homecoming Game. This will be the first matchup between the Broncos and the Minutemen.
For the first time since 2008, the Broncos will travel to Buffalo. The last 2 games for the Broncos against the Bulls have ended with an overtime victory for WMU.
After moving “The Battle for the Cannon” Game against Central Michigan to the 3rd game of the season in 2011, the archrivals will continue the rivalry on a more tradition date, November 3rd.
Western ends the season at home against Eastern Michigan on November 17th.
All 12 of the Broncos games will be on Saturday after playing games on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday last season.
2012 Western Michigan Football Schedule
9/1 at Illinois
9/8 Eastern Illinois - 21st Annual CommUniverCity Night
9/15 at Minnesota
9/29 Toledo *
10/6 UMass * - 89th Annual Homecoming Game
10/13 at Ball State *
10/20 at Kent State *
10/27 Northern Illinois *
11/3 at Central Michigan * - "The Battle for the Cannon"
11/10 at Buffalo *
11/17 Eastern Michigan *
11/30 15th Annual Marathon MAC Championship Game - Ford Field
* MAC Contest
KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) – During his senior year of high school, Flenard Whitfield had the difficult decision of choosing between playing college football or basketball. Whitfield was getting looks from Michigan, Florida and LSU’s football programs, and who could blame them. Whitfield’s 6’7 frame and 220 pound body were ideal for the tight end position in which he played so well for Martin Luther King High School in Detroit.
However, when it came down to it Whitfield ended up signing a letter of intent to play basketball at Western Michigan University.
Whitfield had a successful career as a Bronco, as he finished with over 1000 points and was named to the All-MAC Honorable Mention list twice. Now that his career is over as a basketball player, Whitfield is going to give football another try. Per NCAA rules, a student-athlete is allowed to compete in another sport if they're eligibility in another sport is exhausted without utilizing a redshirt year.
"This will be an evaluation process on the part of Flenard and our coaching staff this spring," commented head football coach Bill Cubit. "We know he is a very competitive person and taking these steps to earn a spot on this team shows that he wants to come in and help where ever and however he can. We see this as a win-win situation."
"I am excited," said Whitfield. "There is no part of my basketball career at Western Michigan that I would trade and I thank Coach Hawkins for everything he has done for me during my four years. I know there is a lot of work to do to begin to learn this offense and find my legs again on the football field. I am very grateful to Coach Cubit and the entire team for this opportunity."
Whitfield will enter the spring season as a tight end wearing jersey No. 84. All Bronco fans know him as No. 33 on the basketball court and fans of MLK HS remember him wearing No. 88.
WMU starts its spring season this Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m., and will have 15 practices during the spring season culminating in the annual Brown & Gold Spring Game.
KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) – With less than a month and a half until the NFL Draft, 9 hopefully Broncos participated on Tuesday during Pro-day, held at the Seelye Center at Waldo Stadium, with dreams of someday playing in the NFL. Each of the 9 former Broncos took place in drills such as the 40 yard dash, bench pressing 225 pounds, along with specific position drills, looking to impress NFL scouts.
Headlining Pro-day was All-American and Bronco career leading wide receiver Jordan White. White became the first ever Bronco to be named a consensus All-American after leading the nation in receptions and receiving yards.
After White was done impressing the 12 NFL scouts that attended pro-day, White spoke with WKZO.com’s Colin Windecker and Zeke Trezevant.
Cleveland, OH (WKZO) – Kent State scored the first points of the game and never looked back as they led from start to finish, eliminating the Western Michigan men’s basketball team from the MAC Tournament with a 76-72 victory Thursday night.
“This is a tough one to take”, Coach Steve Hawkins said following the game. “This game pretty much epitomized our entire year. We didn’t make this easy on ourselves at times.”
The Broncos trailed by as much as 12 in first half but the cut the deficit to 5, 35-30 after the first 20 minutes of play.
The beginning of the 2nd half saw Kent start on a 17-7 run and eventually increased their lead to 19 with 8:02 remaining in the game.
After Matt Stainbrook was ejected for elbowing Kent St. guard Michael Porrini, the Broncos responded by going on a 15-2 run but were never able to get the game closer than 3 points.
2011 MAC Player of the Year Justin Greene had 23 points for the Golden Flashes, who will now play Akron on Friday in semifinals of the MAC Tournament.
Demetrius Ward topped the scoring charts with 16 points for the Broncos.
While a postseason tournament bid isn’t out of the question, it is unlikely the Broncos will get an invite and most likely the loss against Kent State should be the final game for the Broncos this season.
GAME NOTES: 5 Broncos finished with double figures in points. Ward (16), Whitfield (14), Hutchenson (13), Douglas (11) Stainbrook (10)…Douglas had 8 assists for Western…The Broncos were outrebounded by Kent State 34-30…Kent had 44 points in the paint. WMU had 28.
CLEVELAND, OH (WKZO) – After defeating Northern Illinois 71-54 in 2nd round action of the MAC Tournament, the Western Michigan men’s basketball team has moved on to the quarterfinals where they will face Kent State. Kent St. went 20-10 and 10-6 in MAC play including a 78-73 overtime victory over the Broncos. The winner between the Broncos and Golden Flashes will take on defending MAC Champs Akron in the semis.
3 Keys To Victory
1. Senior Leadership – In the first round against Ball State it was Flenard Whitfield. Against Northern Illinois it was Mike Douglas. In each of the first two games of the MAC Tournament a senior has led the team in scoring and shown leadership when it has been needed. Between Whitifled, Douglas and Demetrius Ward they know that their next loss will signal the end of their collegiate career and each would like to extend their time as Broncos.
2. Finish Strong – In their previous matchup against Kent, the Broncos held a 5 point lead with just over two minutes remaining but Randal Holt hit back-to-back 3 pointers to force overtime. Western must find a way to close out if they hold the lead late. Mike Douglas did not play in the first matchup against Kent. His presence in the lineup could be the difference maker in a close game.
3. Productive Bench – Coach Hawkins did a great job with his player rotation against Northern Illinois that fatigue shouldn’t be an issue for the Broncos on the 2nd half of a back to back. Only 2 starters played more than 30 minutes and Hawkins used 7 players off the bench. The bench will be asked to play big minutes again tonight against Kent to help keep the starters fresh.
Interesting Stat: 30. The number of consecutive victories against MAC West opponents for Kent State. Their last loss came on Feb. 2nd 2008 against Toledo.
Matchup To Watch: WMU Flenard Whitfield Vs. KSU Justin Greene. Greene, the 2011 MAC Player of the Year and 2 time First Team All-MAC Selection, is averaging 13.6 points per game and 6.7 rebounds. He is the only active MAC player with over 1000 points, 100 steals, and 100 blocks. In their previous matchup Whitfield had 18 points and 11 rebounds against Greene. Whitfield must have a similar night against Greene for the Broncos to have a chance to upset the Golden Flash.