Much like Central Michigan, the west side of the Great Lakes state has lost talent all-around. The four-year starter at quarterback, Tim Hiller, is now an Indianapolis Colt. Running back Brandon West, who ran for 1,000 yards for two consecutive years and was also the Broncos outstanding kick returner, is gone. Matt Stevens, the Broncos reliable blocker and red zone threat at tight end, is gone. The entire interior of the line is gone.
It'll be a tough job replacing all these players, but the Broncos have some replacements lined up. Aaron Winchester is short, but has proven to be able to spark a big play.
The quarterback competition between senior Drew Burdi and sophomore Alex Carder is pretty neck-and-neck, but whoever wins will have a fantastic group of receivers to throw to. Robert Arnheim (pictured) caught 59 passes in his sophomore season and looks to be the leader of an experienced group featuring seniors Jordan White, Chleb Ravenell, and Juan Nunez.
On defense, the team loses starters and a coach as well. Dave Cohen is now the defensive coordinator after heading Hofstra football for a few years. He'll take over a team trying to replace two starters on the line (nose tackle Cody Cielenski and defensive end Justin Braska) and starting cornerback Andy Dorcely and linebacker Austin Pritchard.
However, this defense does have some talent. The secondary, outside of Dorcely, looks to be solid with starting safeties Doug Wiggins and Jamail Berry returning, and a new coordinator could bring fresh concepts that could revitalize the Broncos D.
The Broncos have talent, and if everything goes right, they could compete in the West. However, there's too many question marks at key positions to put too much faith in the Broncos.
Projected Record: (3-9, 2-6)