Western Michigan University is trying to refocus after a lost 2013 season. The Broncos are coming off of a 1-11 campaign that included defeats to both of Eastern Michigan University and Central Michigan University.
Western Michigan has already had another setback, losing a key player on defense. The Kalamazoo Gazette is reporting that senior cornerback Garrett Smith injured his knee in practice on Aug. 4 and might be lost for the season.
Smith has played in 28 games in his first three seasons at WMU, after joining the Broncos as a star player from Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was the 16th ranked quarterback in Florida by the Orlando Sentinel and developed into an important substitution piece for the Broncos defense.
Last year, Smith played in 10 games and earned one start. It was reported that once again, Smith would be sharing time as a cornerback with several other players, including a fifth-year transfer from Indiana University, Brian Williams.
In his career, Smith has 58 tackles including 31 solo tackles. He has yet to have an interception or force a fumble.
A native of Pompano Beach, Fla., Smith signed with the Broncos in 2010 along with his teammate, Dareyon Chance. Since joining Western Michigan, Chance has blossomed into the team's starting halfback, amassing 1,858 yards and 9 rushing touchdowns in his career.
The Broncos start their season on Aug. 30 when they play at Purdue University. Western Michigan will have its home opener on Sept. 20 when it plays host to Murray State University.