2007 Western Michigan Broncos football team

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2007 Western Michigan Broncos football
Western Michigan Broncos text logo.svg
Conference Mid-American Conference
Division West
2007 record 5–7 (3–4 MAC)
Head coach Bill Cubit (3rd year)
Offensive coordinator Bill Cubit
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator Bill Miller (1st year)
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Waldo Stadium
(Capacity: 30,200)
Seasons
← 2006
2008 →
2007 Mid-American Conference football standings
Div     Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L         W   L  
East Division
Miami xy   4 2         5 2         6 7  
Bowling Green x   4 2         6 2         8 5  
Buffalo x   4 2         5 3         5 7  
Ohio   3 3         4 4         6 6  
Temple   3 3         4 4         4 8  
Akron   2 4         3 5         4 8  
Kent State   1 5         1 7         3 9  
West Division
Central Michigan xy$   4 1         6 1         8 6  
Ball State x   4 1         5 2         7 6  
Eastern Michigan   3 2         3 4         4 8  
Western Michigan   2 3         3 4         5 7  
Toledo   2 3         3 5         5 7  
Northern Illinois   0 5         1 6         2 10  
Championship: Central Michigan 35, Miami 10
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • Due to an unbalanced conference schedule, the team with best division record within each division was awarded that division's championship game berth.
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2007 Western Michigan Broncos football team represented Western Michigan University in the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Bill Cubit and played their homes game in Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Broncos finished the season 5–7 overall and 3–4 in the Mid-American Conference. The highlight of the season was the 28–19 road victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes, a team that finished fifth in the Big Ten Conference.

Preseason[edit]

The 2007 Bronco team returned 17 starters from an 8–5 team that finished 6–2 in the Mid-American Conference and participated in the 2007 International Bowl. While the team lost the bowl game 27–24, Western Michigan was picked to finish first in the MAC West Division and to win the MAC Championship Game by the MAC News Media Association.[1]

Watch lists[edit]

All-MAC preseason teams[edit]

  • First team
    • London Fryar, CB
    • Robbie Krutilla, C
    • Jamarko Simmons, WR
  • Second team

Awards[edit]

Mid-American Conference Player of the Week[edit]

  • Offense
    • Mark Bonds, RB, week 5 (26 car, 143 yds, 2 TD, 1 rec vs. Toledo)
    • Tim Hiller, QB, week 12 (26-45, 367 yds, 3 TD, 0 INT vs. Iowa)
    • Jamarko Simmons, WR, week 1 (14 rec, 144 yds, 2 TD vs. West Virginia)
  • Defense
  • Special Teams
    • Mike Jones, PK, week 7 (21 yard field goal, 2 punts inside 20 yard line vs. Northern Illinois)
    • Jim Laney, P (2), week 1 (50.7 avg, 3 inside 20 vs. West Virginia), week 13 (40.2 avg, 2 inside 20, long punt of 57 yds vs. Temple)
    • Brandon West, KR, RB (3), week 2 (5 ret, 212 yds, 42.4 avg, TD vs. Indiana), week 6 (5 ret, 120 yds, 24.0 avg vs. Akron), week 12 (30 car, 116 yds, 9 rec, 93 yds, 4 ret, 82 yds vs. Iowa)

Mid-American Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week[edit]

Academic All-District[edit]

  • Anthony Gebhart, S, First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV

John Mackey Tight End of the Week[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 3:30 pm at No. 3 West Virginia* Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV ESPN+ L 24–62   60,563
September 8 8:00 pm Indiana* Waldo StadiumKalamazoo, MI ESPNU L 27–37   32,129
September 15 2:00 pm at Missouri* Faurot FieldColumbia, MO L 24–52   53,480
September 22 7:00 pm Central Connecticut State* Waldo Stadium • Kalamazoo, MI W 51–14   15,718
September 29 7:00 pm at Toledo Glass BowlToledo, OH BCSN W 42–28   18,542
October 6 7:00 pm Akron Waldo Stadium • Kalamazoo, MI L 38–39   25,610
October 13 4:00 pm at Northern Illinois Huskie StadiumDeKalb, IL CSNC W 17–13   23,057
October 20 2:00 pm Ball Statedagger Waldo Stadium • Kalamazoo, MI Comcast Local L 23–27   17,892
October 27 3:30 pm at Eastern Michigan Rynearson StadiumYpsilanti, MI (Michigan MAC Trophy) Comcast Local L 2–19   7,002
November 6 7:30 pm Central Michigan Waldo Stadium • Kalamazoo, MI (WMU–CMU Rivalry Trophy, Michigan MAC Trophy) ESPN2 L 31–34   16,952
November 17 3:30 pm at Iowa* Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA BTN W 28–19   70,585
November 24 2:00 pm Temple Waldo Stadium • Kalamazoo, MI W 16–3   8,662
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Roster[edit]

Wide receiver

  • 37 Brooks Bunbury - Freshman Redshirt
  • 35 Nick Davis - Freshman
  • 26 Kurt Ferrell - Freshman Redshirt
  • 11 Schneider Julien - Junior
  •  5 Deshon Lawrence - Freshman
  •  7 Herb Martin - Senior
  • 86 Kelly Martin - Senior Redshirt
  • 89 Kyle McDowell - Freshman
  •  4 Jamelle Murray - Freshman Redshirt
  • 81 Juan Nunez - Freshman
  • 27 Jamarko Simmons - Junior Redshirt
  • 43 Tyler VanZandt - Freshman Redshirt
  • 83 Jordan White - Freshman Redshirt
  • 36 Tyler Aldridge - Sophomore

Center

  • 78 Robbie Krutilla - Senior Redshirt
  • 63 Paul Wasikowski - Sophomore Redshirt

Offensive guard

  • 61 Nick Clemens - Freshman Redshirt
  • 60 Nick Mitchell - Freshman Redshirt
  • 65 Phillip Swanson - Freshman Redshirt
  • 64 Schyler Truesdell - Junior Redshirt
  • 62 Matt Williams - Senior

Offensive tackle

  • 75 James Blair - Senior Redshirt
  • 76 Steve Ellingsen - Junior
  • 67 Rob Johnson - Junior Redshirt
  • 56 Andy Laue - Sophomore Redshirt
  • 77 Matt Lochmann - Sophomore Redshirt
  • 72 Anthony Parker - Freshman

Offensive line

  • 73 Josh Droppers - Freshman
  • 79 Jonathan Jack - Freshman
  • 58 Lee Pethan - Freshman
  • 52 Andrew Yuds - Freshman

Tight end

  • 42 Chad Baliko - Sophomore Redshirt
  • 82 Branden Ledbetter - Junior Redshirt
  • 88 Anthony Middleton - Freshman
  • 32 James O'Neill - Freshman Redshirt
  • 80 James Randall - Sophomore Redshirt
  • 87 Keith Schultz - Senior Redshirt
  • 84 Matt Stevens - Sophomore Redshirt
  • 85 Joel Workman - Freshman
 

Quarterback

  • 12 Robert Arnheim - Freshman
  • 18 Drew Burdi - Freshman Redshirt
  • 20 Caleb Clark - Sophomore Redshirt
  •  3 Tim Hiller - Sophomore Redshirt
  • 14 Thomas Peregrin - Senior
  • 10 Dennis Reedy - Junior Redshirt

Tailback

  • 34 Mark Bonds - Senior
  • 24 Bobby Crawford - Freshman Redshirt
  • 36 Jaron Deshazor - Freshman
  • 40 Kirk Elsworth - Junior
  • 22 Glenis Thompson - Sophomore
  •  2 Brandon West - Sophomore

Fullback

  • 23 Nic Saad - Senior Redshirt

Nose tackle

  • 68 Cody Cielenski - Sophomore Redshirt
  • 98 Cory Flom - Junior Redshirt

Defensive tackle

  • 92 Kevin Cryille - Freshman
  • 55 Dezmond Gray - Senior Redshirt
  • 57 Jacoby Love - Freshman
  • 91 Grant Nemeth - Junior
  • 95 Chris Pyant - Freshman Redshirt
  • 93 John Russell - Junior
  • 99 Nick Varcadipane - Junior Redshirt

Defensive end

  • 94 Alvin Almicar - Freshman
  • 96 Mark Berghuis - Sophomore
  • 48 Justin Braska - Sophomore Redshirt
  • 90 Zach Davidson - Junior Redshirt
  • 54 Greg Marshall - Junior
  • 97 Andrew Wersel - Freshman
  • 16 Anthony Williams - Freshman Redshirt
 

Cornerback

  •  1 E. J. Biggers - Junior
  • 28 Keith Dixson - Freshman
  • 15 Andy Dorcely - Sophomore
  •  6 Londen Fryar - Junior Redshirt
  • 25 David Lewis - Freshman
  • 46 Desman Stephen - Junior Redshirt
  • 30 Dervon Wallace - Freshman

Linebacker

  •  8 Darrell Copeland - Senior Redshirt
  • 59 Dustin Duclo - Junior Redshirt
  • 80 Fernand Kashama - Junior Redshirt
  • 41 Dan Krasinski - Sophomore Redshirt
  • 43 Boston McCornell - Junior
  • 53 Matt Pickens - Freshman Redshirt
  • 51 Harrison Porter - Freshman
  • 35 Austin Pritchard - Junior
  • 19 Cornelius Robinson - Junior Redshirt
  • 50 Garrett Sosnovich - Junior
  • 45 Shaun Vernon - Freshman
  • 42 Mitch Vorick - Freshman

Free safety

Strong safety

  • 21 Antwain Allen - Senior Redshirt
  • 33 Mario Armstrong - Freshman
  • 29 Scott Gajos - Junior Redshirt
  • 31 Nick Hunter - Freshman
  • 26 C. J. Wilson - Junior Redshirt
  • 47 Jonathan Wright - Sophomore Redshirt

Long snapper

  • 69 Tom Harrington - Sophomore
  • 71 Brian Bailey - Junior Redshirt

Punter

  • 37 Ben Armer - Freshman
  • 66 Tim Balice - Freshman Redshirt
  • 39 Jim Laney - Senior Redshirt

Place kicker

  • 17 Mike Jones - Senior Redshirt
  • 26 Caleb Morris - Freshman Redshirt
  • 41 Dylan VanFossen - Freshman

Updated September 11, 2007
Sources: 2007 WMU Football Media Guide, WMUBroncos.com
Projected starters are in
bold.
Players who left the team are struck out.

Coaching staff[edit]

Game summaries[edit]

West Virginia[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 6 8 7 3 24
Mountaineers 14 14 21 13 62

Jamarko Simmons' 144 receiving yards on 14 catches with two touchdowns were not enough for Western Michigan to upset the #3 West Virginia Mountaineers. West Virginia nearly doubled WMU's offensive production (542 yards to 277 yards) and cruised to a 62–24 victory behind two passing touchdowns by Pat White and four touchdowns (three rushing) by Steve Slaton.

Recap | Boxscore | WMU pregame notes

Indiana[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hoosiers 10 21 3 3 37
Broncos 7 0 7 13 27

WMU is 0–3 all-time vs Indiana. The most recent meeting was in 2006 when the Hoosiers won 39–20. All three games have been in Bloomington, Indiana.

Recap | Boxscore | WMU pregame notes

Missouri[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 3 7 14 24
Tigers 14 17 7 14 52

In 1999, Missouri beat the Broncos 48–34. That was the only meeting between the two schools.

Recap | Boxscore | WMU pregame notes

Central Connecticut State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Devils 0 7 0 7 14
Broncos 17 14 6 14 51

Central Connecticut State is the only Division I Football Championship Subdivision team on WMU's schedule. This is the first ever meeting between the two schools.

Recap | Boxscore | WMU pregame notes

Toledo[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 20 15 7 42
Rockets 7 7 7 7 28

This game is the Mid-American Conference conference opener for WMU. Western Michigan defeated Toledo 31–10 in 2006 for the first time since 2000. WMU has not won at the Glass Bowl since 1988 (31–9 victory). Toledo leads the all-time series 36–25.

Recap | Boxscore | WMU pregame notes

Akron[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Zips 10 14 0 15 39
Broncos 10 7 14 7 38

After shutting out Akron last season 17–0, WMU leads the all-time series 11–3 (8–1 at Waldo Stadium).

Recap | Boxscore | WMU pregame notes

Northern Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 3 7 7 0 17
Huskies 10 3 0 0 13

WMU leads the all-time series against Northern Illinois 20-11, including a 16-14 victory in 2006.

Recap | Boxscore | WMU pregame notes

Ball State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 10 3 14 27
Broncos 3 10 0 10 23
WMU with possession of the football vs. Ball State.

After losing to WMU 41-27 last season, Ball State went on to finish the season 3-1, with the lone loss being 34-26 against then-#2 ranked University of Michigan. WMU leads the all-time series 19-14. This game is WMU's Homecoming.

Recap | Boxscore | WMU pregame notes

Eastern Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 2 0 0 0 2
Eagles 0 3 6 10 19

This game is the first of the 3 games that will determine the 2007 Michigan MAC Trophy winner (Central Michigan vs. WMU November 17 and CMU vs. Eastern Michigan November 17). Western leads the all-time series 26-14-2 and has not lost in Rynearson Stadium since 1991 (7 wins).

Recap | Boxscore | WMU pregame notes

Central Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chippewas 0 3 7 24 34
Broncos 7 0 0 24 31

In a nationally televised Tuesday night game, WMU leads the all-time series against CMU 43-32-2 and has not lost at home to Central Michigan since 1993 (6 wins).

Recap | Boxscore | WMU pregame notes

Iowa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 12 7 6 3 28
Hawkeyes 0 6 7 6 19

The final non-conference game of the season is the first between WMU and Iowa since WMU won 27-21 in 2000. That was the only meeting between the two schools.

Recap | Boxscore | WMU pregame notes

Temple[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Owls 0 3 0 0 3
Broncos 0 6 10 0 16

WMU defeated Temple 41-7 last season in a year when Temple finished the season 1-11. WMU has never lost against Temple and leads the series 5-0.

Recap | Boxscore | WMU pregame notes

Statistics[edit]

Team[edit]

Team Opp
Scoring 223 245
  Points per Game 31.9 35.0
First Downs 157 144
  Rushing 59 70
  Passing 91 60
  Penalty 7 14
Total Offense 2799 3042
  Avg per Play 5.0 6.1
  Avg per Game 399.9 434.6
Fumbles-Lost 12-9 24-11
Penalties-Yards 65-529 44-378
  Avg per Game 75.6 54.0
Team Opp
Punts-Average 35-43.8 28-41.1
Time of Possession/Game 32:18 27:42
3rd Down Conversions 45/113 40% 48/105 46%
4th Down Conversions 10/18 56% 4/12 33%
Touchdowns Scored 30 32
Field Goals/Attempts 5/6 7/11
PAT/Attempts 24/27 30/31
Attendance 73,457 155,642
  Games/Avg per Game 24,486 38,910

Offense[edit]

Rushing[edit]

Player Att Yards Yds/Att TD Yds/Game
Mark Bonds 109 492 4.5 6 70.3
Brandon West 101 461 4.1 3 58.6
Glenis Thompson 24 88 3.7 1 12.6
Schneider Julien 3 11 3.7 0 1.6
Herb Martin 1 8 8.0 0 1.1
Bobby Crawford 3 6 2.0 0 6.0
Thomas Peregrin 5 1 0.2 0 0.3
Jamarko Simmons 3 -8 -2.7 0 -1.1
Drew Burdi 3 -11 -3.7 0 -5.5
Tim Hiller 30 -48 -1.6 1 -6.9

Passing[edit]

Player Cmp Att Pct Yds TD Int Avg Rating
Tim Hiller 159 244 65.2 1713 13 8 244.7 135.16
Thomas Peregrin 15 24 62.5 129 1 1 32.2 113.07
Drew Burdi 2 3 18 66.7 1 0 9.0 227.07
Herb Martin 1 1 100.0 14 1 0 2.0 547.60

Receiving[edit]

Player Rec Yds Yds/Rec TD Yds/G
Jamarko Simmons 60 696 11.6 6 99.4
Branden Ledbetter 27 308 11.4 4 44.0
Brandon West 25 213 8.5 1 30.4
Herb Martin 21 251 12.0 1 35.9
Juan Nunez 10 169 16.9 1 24.1
Mark Bonds 8 34 4.2 0 4.9
Schneider Julien 7 49 7.0 0 7.0
Anthony Middleton 5 46 9.2 1 6.6
Keith Schultz 5 34 6.8 1 4.9
Jordan White 4 33 8.2 0 8.2
Jamelle Murray 3 27 9.0 1 6.8
Glenis Thompson 1 8 8.0 0 1.1
Kelly Martin 1 6 6.0 0 3.0

Defense[edit]

Tackles[edit]

Player Solo Ast Total TFL Sacks Fumble force Fumble rec
Anthony Gebhart 15 16 31 1 0 0 0
C.J. Wilson 10 16 26 ½ 0 1 0
Dustin Duclo 13 12 25 2 0 0 0
Boston McCornell 8 15 23 2 ½ 1 0
Londen Fryar 15 11 26 0 0 0 0
E. J. Biggers 12 4 16 1 0 1 1
Zach Davidson 6 9 15 0 0
Nick Varcadipane 3 9 12 1 0 0 0
Austin Pritchard 5 6 11 0 0 0 0
Mark Berghuis 4 4 8 ½ 1 0
Justin Braska 3 5 8 ½ ½ 0 0
Cody Cielenski 4 4 8 2 ½ 0 0
Greg Marshall 2 6 8 ½ 0 0
Andy Dorcely 5 2 7 0 0 0 0
Cory Flom 1 6 7 ½ 0 0 0
Harrison Porter 1 6 7 0 0 0 0
Desman Stephen 2 3 5 0 0 0 0
Cornelius Robinson 1 3 4 0 0 0 0
Mario Armstrong 3 1 4 0 0 0 0
Matt Pickens 1 2 3 0 0 0 0
Scott Gajos 2 1 3 0 0 0 0
Grant Nemeth 0 3 3 0 0 0 0
Garrett Sosnovich 1 2 3 0 0 0 0
Fernand Kashama 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Louis Delmas 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Brandon West 2 0 2 0 0 0 0
Antwain Allen 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Nic Saad 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Herb Martin 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Mike Jones 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Glenis Thompson 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Phillip Thompson 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Jim Laney 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Phillip Swanson 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Kirk Elsworth 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Tom Harrington 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

Interceptions[edit]

Player Int Yds Break Up
Anthony Gebhart 1 24 2
C.J. Wilson 1 46 1
Andy Dorcely 1 5 1
E. J. Biggers 0 0 3
Londen Fryar 6 167 24
Nick Varcadipane 0 0 2
Dustin Duclo 0 0 2
Cory Flom 0 0 1
Garrett Sosnovich 0 0 1

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