Emotional Leader Healthy and Contributing

Every time he hits the court he's bumping chests with his teammates, he shows as much, if not more, emotion as some of the most rabid University Arena fans when the Broncos make a big play. Now with healthy knees Jeff Bronson is a team player filling a big roll on a true blue-collar team.

Head coach Steve Hawkins has said it repeatedly this season, "We won't be known as a finesse team. We are a blue-collar team." Change "we" to "he" and change "team" to "player" and that statement remains 100% accurate when describing senior Jeff Bronson.

Bronson has been averaging 14.1 minutes so far this season – more then he's ever played as a Bronco – but he almost didn't get much of a chance to contribute. Plagued with a sore knee all last season Bronson had a pair of surgeries on his knees over the summer.

At the start of the season Hawkins said playing time will be "a wait and see situation simply because of his knees. I really didn't think we'd have Jeff this year for any real playing time." His knee – according to Hawkins – really was that bad.

But Bronson has now played in all 13 games this season averaging the most points (2.9) and rebounds (2.5) he's seen in his college career.

"If his knee holds up he provides a lot of stability out there," said Hawkins, and in fact his knee has held up.

But a bum knee led to another potential problem for Bronson... strength and conditioning. "After my second knee surgery I gained a lot of weight," said Bronson. "Coming into the season I lost some of that weight and had a little bit on muscle. I have to keep lifting."

Are his knees solid enough to survive the grueling MAC season? "In my mind I'm 100% and that's all that matters."

Bronson's roll on the team can change day-to-day according to the 6'6" 240lbs. senior. "Whatever the team needs I'll be ready," he said.

Coach Hawkins added, "he's a physical player and he knows what he's doing on the court. He provides valuable minutes for our team."

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