2008 Texas Bowl: First Look Western Michigan

Western Michigan brings a very potent Offense to Houston for its match-up with the Rice Owls in the Texas Bowl...

This year's Texas Bowl match-up lines up two teams that appear very evenly matched on paper; starting with the teams' identical 9-3 season records. Both teams have very good Offenses and put up a lot of points. Both teams finished their home schedule undefeated. Both teams play in a conferences that have several high powered Offenses. And maybe the most glaring similarity is that both teams have really good Quarterbacks.

The Western Michigan Broncos are ranked 25th nationally in NCAA rankings. They've generated around 423 yards a game Offensively.

Like Rice they are led by a standout QB. Tim Hiller has thrown for 3,527 yards this year, completing 320-of-480 passes for a completion percentage of alomst 67%. He's also found the end-zone 34 times.

Hiller's primary target this season has been JaMarko Simmons. The 6-2 230 pounder has 98 catches this season for 1,184 yards.

Simmons is a two-time 1st Team All-MAC selection, including this year when he was named to the unit for the second straight year.

Defensively, Western Michigan ranks 83rd in Total Defense, yielding around 390 yards a game. Their scoring Defense is much better though - as they are ranked 53rd in the country, giving up only 24 points a game.

The Broncos placed two players on the All-MAC team in Safety Louis Delmas and Linebacker Austin Pritchard. Delmas leads the Broncos in tackles with 100, and in interceptions with 4. As a team, the Broncos ranked 3rd in the MAC in interceptions with 13 on the season.

Western Michigan dropped their last game of the season 45-22 against unbeaten at the time Ball State.

Offense

QB 3 Tim Hiller 6-5 228 Jr.

18 Drew Burdi 6-1 198 So.

12 Robert Arnheim 6-2 180 RFr.

RB 2 Brandon West 5-10 169 Jr.

22 Glenis Thompson 5-8 210 Jr.

WR(X) 81 Juan Nunez 6-0 172 So.

83 Jordan White 6-0 206 So.

5 Deshon Lawrence 6-0 175 RFr.

35 Nick Davis 6-0 168 So.

WR(Z) 11 Schneider Julien 5-10 175 Sr.

89 Seth Patterson 6-3 210 Fr.

WR(T) 27 Jamarko Simmons 6-2 234 Sr.

81 Juan Nunez 6-0 172 So.

TE 84 Matt Stevens 6-4 243 Jr.

82 Branden Ledbetter 6-5 230 Sr.

LT 65 Phillip Swanson 6-4 307 So.

76 Steve Ellingsen 6-4 307 Sr.

LG 63 Paul Wasikowski 6-3 291 Jr.

79 Jonathan Jack 6-6 340 Fr.

C 60 Nick Mitchell 6-1 290 So.

63 Paul Wasikowski 6-3 291 Jr.

RG 61 Nick Clemens 6-5 307 So.

58 Lee Pethan 6-4 285 RFr.

RT 72 Anthony Parker 6-5 305 RFr.

67 Rob Johnson 6-5 338 Sr.

DEFENSE

LDE 48 Justin Braska 6-4 234 Jr.

54 Greg Marshall 6-0 245 Sr.

NG 68 Cody Cielenski 6-2 280 Jr.

98 Cory Flom 6-4 276 Sr.

93 John Russell 6-3 269 Sr.

DT 99 Nick Varcadipane 6-2 285 Sr.

91 Grant Nemeth 6-2 260 Sr.

RDE 90 Zach Davidson 6-2 239 Sr.

80 Fernand Kashama 6-3 221 Sr.

WLB 43 Boston McCornell 6-1 233 Sr.

51 Harrison Porter 6-0 220 So.

MLB 59 Mitch Zajac 6-1 220 Fr.

Dustin Dulco 5-11 225 Sr.

SLB 35 Austin Pritchard 6-4 233 Jr.

29 Scott Gajos 6-0 223 Jr.

CB 1 E.J. Biggers 6-0 180 Sr.

25 David Lewis 5-10 170 So.

FS 9 Louis Delmas 5-11 196 Sr.

15 Andy Dorcely 6-0 194 Jr.

SS 26 C.J. Wilson 6-2 206 Sr.

33 Mario Armstrong 6-0 188 So.

CB 46 Desman Stephen 6-0 190 Sr.

6 Londen Fryar 5-11 192 Sr.

SPECIALISTS

PK 66 Chris Kelly 5-10 210 Jr.

26 Caleb Morris 6-0 210 So.

KR 2 Brandon West 5-10 169 Jr.

40 Kirk Elsworth 6-0 225 Sr.


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