Broncos Have Variety of Weapons

Following a win over William & Mary and a close loss to Michigan State, a variety of offensive weapons have emerged on the Broncos football team. The Broncos must now put those weapons together again for Virginia and the Centennial Celebration Game. Western Michigan quarterback Chad Munson has a great advantage playing for the Broncos. He has a large cache of receivers to choose from on any play along with a solid running game with Phil Reed in the backfield.

In an offensive system where the pass opens up the run it is important that the passing game be very successful. So far this season it has been. Of the 8 touchdowns scored this past Saturday against William & Mary, 6 of those were on passing plays. And not just to 1 or 2 receivers, but to 5 different receivers including a pair to Kalamazoo Central High School alum Greg Jennings, and highly touted freshman Tyson Devree's first career TD.

The Broncos were successful in opening up the run with the pass, and were able to add 2 touchdowns from running backs Phil Reed and Daniel Marks. Reed put up 86 yards on the ground and 49 receiving before Marks came into the game in the fourth quarter and ran for 32 yards of his own.

Reed is also trying to repeat his 1000+ rushing yard season of a year ago and is on his way with 54 yards against Michigan State and the 86 he put up against the Tribe. The Broncos also have an outstanding backup and future starter in Trovon Riley who has been out with a broken hand so far this season. When Riley returns to the lineup he will add tremendous depth to the running back position at WMU.

The tight end position has been hit with the injury bug with Tony Scheffler out for the season with a broken collarbone. That left Anthony Kiner as the only tight end with significant experience. Tyson Devree was put into the MSU game following Scheffler's injury, forgoing any chance of a red-shirt season, and has filled in with solid performances.

At wide receiver Greg Jennings has led the way so far with 2 straight breakout games and 3 TD catches on the season. "We have a really good receiving corps, and we have a lot of good leadership," said Jennings. "That's why I think we're so good as an offensive unit."

Other leaders are seniors Antonio Thomas, Kendrick Mosley, Chris Chestnut, and Brandon Johnson who all caught passes in the Broncos most recent game. Junior Tyrone Walker has added enough depth to the Broncos line-up that Munson has 6 receivers, a pair of tight ends, and 3 backs that he can be confident will catch any well-thrown ball.

"When you have 4 wide receivers going down the field it's hard for the [defensive backs] to decide which ones they're going to cover, and that lets our guys get open for those big plays," said Jennings. "It gets difficult for the defense [to cover]."

Chad Munson added, "at any given time we can put in any of our receivers… to be a quarterback it's great to have receivers like. You have great depth all the way around. We had a true freshman in Tyson Devree step in and he played great [against William & Mary]."

The Broncos also enjoy a certain amount of depth at quarterback in the unlikely event that Munson is injured sometime this season. Senior Jon Drach, who led the Broncos to their final scoring drive last Saturday, is ready to step in at any time along with sophomore Blayne Baggett, who is expected to fight for the starting job with Ryan Cubit in the fall of 2004.

The Broncos next game is the Saturday, September 13 at 2pm against Virginia. Tickets are available from the WMU ticket office at 1-888-4-WMU-TIX or at www.wmubroncos.com. Ticket prices range from $15 to $22.

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