Head Coach Bill Cubit brought is best group of offensive skill players to the table in 2011, and big things were expected from them. As projected, most of the offense this past year centered around strong-armed junior quarterback Alex Carder, and his favorite target in senior Jordan White. Together they formed one of the most prolific QB/WR combinations college football has ever produced. If only they could get a running game to pair with the passing game, this offense could be nearly unstoppable.
Biggest Surprise- Jordan White, Senior Wide Receiver
The fact that White put up another 1,000-yard season is no surprise at all. The fact that he led the nation in yards and receptions by a long shot, though, is very surprising. White, while highly sought after in most fantasy circles, is not widely known throughout the country. It’s a shame too because he is probably the most sure-handed, talented receivers in college football. You could say he is a product of the pass-happy system they employ at WMU, but 1,900 yards receiving is remarkable any way you look at it. While he may not be a top pick in the NFL Draft, he will go down as one of the better wideouts to play college football.
Biggest Disappointment- Tevin Drake, Sophomore Running Back
2011 was supposed to be the breakout season for Drake, after he averaged over 10 yards a carry as a freshman. The sophomore back has really good mix of size and speed for the position which led many to believe he would assume the starting role right out of the gate and keep it throughout the season. While Drake did have his moments, there were just too many mental lapses made for him to stay on the field. One moment he would bust a 20-yard run, then the next he would miss a blitzing linebacker and give up a sack. If he can shore those things up in the future, watch out.
It will be interesting to see how Alex Carder fares next year in this pass-happy offense without Jordan White to throw to. Not only that, but the Broncos lose both Robert Arnheim and Chleb Ravenell to graduation who were second and third, respectively, on the team in receiving yardage. Look for Josh Schaffer, Eric Monette and Ansel Ponder to step in. While all three have a great deal of experience, nobody will be able to match the production of White. The player with the most pressure on him going into 2012 will be Tevin Drake. He has the talent to be a 1,000-yard back, but must improve in the smaller areas of the game like pass protection if he wants to stay on the field. Next year will be his best chance to do that.