Depth at QB

With three quarterbacks on scholarship for next season and two of them seniors it became abundantly clear to Bill Cubit's new staff at WMU that there was a dire need for some depth. The Broncos should be just fine at the position next fall, but after that Western Michigan needed to bring in more quarterbacks… and in this recruiting season they did just that.

Ryan Cubit and Robbie Haas are the seniors in the group with Cubit, the coach's son, being the incumbent starter the Broncos are in good hands under center next fall. Add to them redshirt freshman Alex Engram and you have the makings of a good group of quarterbacks.

"Most schools have five or six quarterbacks on scholarship, we have just three," said quarterback coach Tim Lester.

The problem is in the fact that after next season both Cubit and Haas will graduate leaving Engram as the lone veteran QB on the roster. Enter Caleb Clark and Tim Hiller. "Who wouldn't want to come into a situation where we have just three quarterbacks on scholarship in the whole deal?" Lester added, "They all want to play and we have a hole and we need to fill it."

Hiller, who is 6'4" and 215lbs., is described as a pro-style quarterback and he posted some amazing stats while at Orrville High School. 3,029 passing yards including 30 touchdowns as a senior and 7,222 yards and 55 touchdowns in his career.

But it wasn't the stats that caught the most attention from the Bronco coaching staff. "He's a smart kid, his mom and dad are fantastic people and I'm excited to work with him," said Lester. "Tim is going to be a great person for you people to meet and I know he's going to work hard."

Coach Cubit added, "Tim has never had less then an ‘A' in any class ever. He's a smart kid. I think he can master our system, which is intricate. We had to get really intelligent quarterbacks."

And with a perfect 4.0gpa and a 27 on his ACT Hiller's academics speak for themselves.

Clark comes to WMU on a recommendation from a CFL coach in Canada. "A good friend of mine, Jim Barker, is up there with the Calgary Stampeders and he talked to me about him while I was still at Stanford," said Cubit. "He runs a school up there in Calgary where he teaches American football to Alberta's top prospects."

Clark's play on the field comes as a solid recommendation in itself. The Calgary native led his team to consecutive provincial finals throwing for 85 career touchdowns, being named team MVP three straight years and being named All-Canada first team as a senior.

"The thing we really liked about [Clark] is his personality," Lester said. "He's definitely a great athlete but what really impressed us was his demeanor on and off the field."

The Broncos had a good combination of luck, timing and circumstances that helped land what turned out to be their first two choices. "We had a lot of guys that were interested in coming here and we got the guys we wanted, we actually got to choose," said Lester. "It was exciting to get our first two choices."

Landing Hiller especially was all in the timing. "A lot of schools were after him but he wasn't at the point where he was ready to make a decision," said Lester. "It was amazing timing when we got in on him and the first time I called him he was still out in the open and then it became an even race."

Both quarterbacks saw that there was a great opportunity to play early with the impending graduations of Haas and Cubit. "Their opportunity to play mathematically is pretty good," said Lester. "All the quarterbacks we recruited started to compare that to some of the other places they had opportunities to go and we ended up with two quality guys."

In the end Hiller and Clark were the only two quarterbacks that the Broncos even offered. And the football team now has some depth at quarterback to build to the future with.

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