Training Camp Update

The Western Michigan University football team is embarking on its second week of preseason workouts leading up to the Aug. 30 opener at Michigan State. The Broncos are about set to begin the "GO" phase of camp, turning the focus from conditioning to full speed drills and game preparation.

At the same time, players continue to vie for starting spots, says head coach Gary Darnell. "We don't have a hardcore starting 11 for us yet, and that is not unusual. Maybe in another week. You have to understand that at the beginning of practice, guys who are No. 1 or No. 2 (on the depth chart) may not be in those positions at the end of practice * we move them around."

While the Broncos have held the majority of their practices at the Davis Street Fields, sessions have also been held indoors at the Seelye Athletic Center and at Waldo Stadium.


The Brown & Gold are slated for a pair of television appearances in 2003, with the possibility of more dates being added. The season opener at Michigan State will be available on a nation-wide basis as part of ESPN's pay-per-view GamePlan package. WMU's will also appear on ESPN+ when Marshall visits Waldo Stadium Oct. 25. WMU may receive additional television exposure as part of the MAC Game of the Week package produced by FOX Sports Net. That schedule has yet to be released.

Should WMU qualify for postseason action, those games would be televised too. The MAC Championship and GMAC Bowl are being produced by ESPN2 and the Motor City Bowl carried by ESPN.

Aug. 30 @ Michigan State 3:40 p.m. EDT ESPN+/ESPN GamePlan
Oct. 25 MARSHALL # 2:00 p.m. EDT ESPN+

#indicates MAC games; home games in bold; all times are local


DE Jason Babin will be featured in the college football preview issue of ESPN The Magazine, which hits newsstands next week.


Three Bronco standouts are taking part in National Football League training camps this August.

OG Tom Nütten is working out with the New York Jets at their facility in Hempstead, N.Y. Nütten signed with the Jets during the off-season after playing four seasons in St. Louis, where he appeared in two Super Bowls for the Rams.

WR Jermaine Lewis, earlier released by the Detroit Lions, has landed with the San Francisco 49ers. Lewis, who signed on July 31, made a 10-yard reception during the 49ers' 24-6 preseason win over Kansas City on Aug. 9.

TE Mobolaji Afariogun has rejoined the Chicago Bears after initially joining the team for its mini-camp in May.

All three players look to continue their NFL odyssey as Aug. 26 approaches, the day teams must cut their roster to 65 players.


Gary Darnell and select players will take part in weekly news conferences, beginning Monday, Aug. 25. These events are reserved for members of the media.

The weekly briefings are scheduled for 12:00-1:00 p.m. at Websters, located in the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo.

Prior to the news conferences, Darnell joins Robin Hook and Ryan Maguire on "Bronco Sports Review," which airs at 11:00 a.m. from Websters on WQSN 1660 The Sports Station.


The general public is invited to attend the 2003 Bronco Football Kickoff Luncheon, to be held Friday, Sept. 5, at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. The event runs from 12:00-1:30 p.m.

A tailgate lunch, provided by the Radisson Plaza Hotel, will be held on the KVCC Arcadia Commons Campus, along with a tour of "Football: The Exhibit" currently on display at the museum. Guest speakers include Darnell and Dr. Patrick Norris, Director of the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Tickets for the lunch and program are $10 and may be purchased through the Bronco Ticket Office at 1-888-4-WMU-TIX.

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