Aug 30, 2014; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Western Michigan Broncos running back Jarvion Franklin (31) runs the ball in the 2nd half at Ross Ade Stadium. Franklin ran for 3 td

Western Michigan Broncos Recruiting Class Pays Big Dividends Against Purdue

The Western Michigan Broncos landed the highest rated recruiting class in MAC history this summer. That ranking certainly got the attention of those who follow MAC football. Rankings are all well and good but what really matters is how those recruits perform on the field.

Normally recruiting classes are given a couple of years to fully contribute to a college football program. However after a 1-11 season the Broncos need this recruiting class to start producing much sooner than later.

Against Purdue, freshman Jarvion Frankin showed he can impact the offense right away.

Franklin rushed for 163 yards and 3 touchdowns on Saturday, grabbing the attention of both MAC and Big Ten pundits. Critics may say that Jarvion Franklin’s numbers were inflated because he played against one of the worst Big Ten defenses.  But a Big Ten defense from any school is better than most Franklin will face in the MAC and that bodes well for Western’s chances in the conference this season.

Another true freshman made an impact for the Broncos on Saturday, Darius Phillips caught one pass for 1 yards and returned a kickoff 23 yards.  With Corey Davis and Daniel Braverman as QB Zach Terrell’s main targets, Phillips will serve primarily as a third or fourth receiver while most likely contribute in the return game.

Although the Broncos lost to Purdue 43-34, coach PJ Fleck has to be happy with the way his team moved the ball against a Big Ten opponent. Fans will see if the Western Michigan Broncos reputation for rushing continues to grow when they visit the Idaho Vandals next week.

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