Western Michigan Broncos

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Western Michigan Broncos
WMUBroncos.png
First season 2016
Head coach Jieret
2nd year, 22–5 (.815)
Home stadium Waldo Stadium
Year built 2016
Stadium capacity 30,200
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Kalamazoo, MI
League NCAA
Conference Mid American Conference
All-time record 38–24–0 (.613)
Postseason bowl record 1–2–0 (.333)
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 1
Division titles 1
Heisman winners 0
Consensus All-Americans 0
Colors

Brown and Gold

          
Rivals Central Michigan Chippewas
Eastern Michigan Eagles
Toledo Rockets
Michigan MAC Trophy

The Western Michigan Broncos are a college football team playing in the Mid-American Conference that started playing in the 2016 season. Coached by Jieret, the Broncos play at Waldo Stadium in the MAC's Western Division.

History

Dacder Era (2016)

Main Article: 2016 Western Michigan Broncos season

Raybaxter2211 Era (2017-2018)

After the 2016 season Head Coach Dacder left the program to take the same position with the University of Colorado. Western Michigan hired Raybaxter2211 as his successor.

2017 Season

Main Article: 2017 Western Michigan Broncos season

Featuring the strong running of MAC Player of the Year Emmanuel Fields, the Broncos made it to their first ever bowl game. Unfortunately they fell short, losing to Hawaii in the Foster Farms Bowl.

2018 Season

Main Article: 2018 Western Michigan Broncos season

After the promising season the Broncos had in 2017, bigger things were expected in 2018. But despite Emmanuel Fields again winning the second of his back-to-back MAC Player of the Year Awards, the Broncos regressed to a 5-7 record. Coach Raybaxter would leave for greener pastures after the season, bolting for the Michigan State coaching job.

Jieret Era (2019-present)

2019 Season

Main Article: 2019 Western Michigan Broncos season

Before the 2019 season began, Western Michigan hired Jieret as the Broncos' third head coach. With a potent rushing attack headlined by Gabriel Shields and an excellent secondary featuring cornerbacks Sean Taylor and Jaylin McQueen, the Broncos achieved three firsts in WMU history: Their first 10-win season, their first bowl win, and the first time the Michigan MAC Trophy resided in Kalamazoo.


2020 Season

Main article: 2020 Western Michigan Broncos season

After a spirited spring battle, redshirt freshman DeSean Madison won the starting running back job over Gabriel Shields. Shortly after, Shields transferred to Michigan State. Behind that excellent Bronco defense, Madison's 1000+ yard rushing season, and QB Chase Sims leading a revived passing attack, Western Michigan won 11 regular season games en route to their first-ever MAC West division title. They then defeated the Ohio Bobcats in the MAC Championship game to win their first-ever Conference title, although prior to the game defensive stars Sean Taylor and MLB Kareem Boykin announced their decisions to enter the 2021 NFLHC Draft, forgoing their senior seasons.

The Broncos made the College Football Playoff as the 4-seed, a first for the MAC. Unfortunately, they lost in the quarterfinals to the Pittsburgh Panthers 24-23.

2021 Season

Main article: 2021 Western Michigan Broncos season

Season-by-Season Records

Coach(es) Conference Year Record Bowl Final CP Ranking
Wins Losses
Western Michigan Broncos
Dacder MAC 2016 4 6 - NR
Raybaxter2211 2017 7 6 Lost Foster Farms Bowl vs Hawaii, 3-14 NR
2018 5 7 - NR
Jieret 2019 10 3 Won Bahamas Bowl vs USF, 23-17 NR
2020 12 2 Lost CFP Quarterfinals, 24-23 9
2021 - - - -
Total 38 24
National Champions Conference Champions Bowl game berth

All-time record vs. MAC opponents

These are the Broncos' football records against current Mid-American Conference opponents through the 2019 season.

School Total Games W L T Pct. PF PA First Year Last Year Streak
Akron 3 3 0 0 1.000 89 43 2016 2020 W3
Ball State 5 3 2 0 .600 133 108 2016 2020 W2
Bowling Green 1 1 0 0 1.000 24 20 2016 2016 W1
Buffalo 3 1 2 0 .333 55 50 2016 2020 W1
Central Michigan 5 4 1 0 .800 117 67 2016 2020 W2
Eastern Michigan 5 2 3 0 .400 88 97 2016 2020 W2
Kent State 3 3 0 0 1.000 124 93 2016 2020 W3
Miami (OH) 2 1 1 0 .500 44 48 2016 2019 W1
Northern Illinois 4 2 2 0 .500 57 57 2017 2020 W2
Ohio 4 3 1 0 .750 128 106 2016 2020 W3
Toledo 5 2 3 0 .400 104 95 2016 2020 W1
11 Opponents 40 25 15 0 .625 - - 5 Seasons

Bowl games

The Broncos have appeared in three bowl games, posting a record of 1-2.

Season Bowl Opponent Result
2017 Foster Farms Bowl Hawaii Lost, 3-14
2019 Bahamas Bowl USF Won, 23-17
2020 CFB Quarterfinals Pitt Lost, 23-24
Total 3 Bowl Games 1–2

Notable Players and Alumni

Offensive Players

Player Pos Years GP Passing Rushing Receiving Current
Att Comp Comp % Yards Yds/Gm TD INT Rushes Yards Avg TD Fumbles Rec Yds Avg TD
Emmanuel Fields RB 2017-2018 23 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 635 3480 5.48 53 2 0 0 0.0 0 Two-time MAC Player of the Year (2017-2018). Drafted 2nd Round (63rd Overall) by the New York Jets in 2019.
Gabriel Shields RB 2018-2019 25 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 317 1694 5.34 22 0 7 93 13.29 1 Transferred to Michigan State prior to the 2020 season.
Ian Braden OG 2018-2019 25 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2019 First Team All-MAC. Drafted 4th Round (97th Overall) by the Tennessee Titans in 2020.
DeSean Madison RB 2019-present 14 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 307 1616 5.26 21 3 3 11.00 0 Currently playing at Western Michigan.

Defensive Players

Player Pos Years GP TKL Sacks FF FR FR TD INT INT RET TD Current
Sean Taylor CB 2018-2020 39 63 0 0 0 0 16 6 Declared for the NFL Draft
Donovan Jackson FS 2018-2020 39 60 1.0 0 1 0 9 0 Currently playing at Western Michigan
Kareem Boykin ILB 2019-2020 27 121 0 1 1 0 4 0 Declared for the NFL Draft

Individual Award Winners

All-Americans

None.

All-MAC Players

Other Awards

  • 2017
Disney Spirit Award: Emmanuel Fields, RB.
  • 2020
Offensive Newcomer of the Year: DeSean Madison, RB.

External Links

2016 Depth Chart

2017 Depth Chart

2018 Depth Chart

2019 Depth Chart

2020 Depth Chart

2021 Depth Chart