KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Western Michigan wide receiver Daniel Braverman announced he will forego his senior season and enter the NFL Draft this spring. Braverman is coming off a season in which he was tied for second in the country in receptions, finishing with 108 receptions for 1,367 yards and 13 TDs.
“As educators we want all our student-athletes to live and experience their dreams,” head coach P.J. Fleck said. “The timeline for those experiences is based off individuals' different circumstances. Whether I agree or disagree with student-athletes' decisions to leave school early without their degree, it is my job to provide them with facts and data (big picture) about opportunities that come up in their lives. We are proud of Daniel for all he accomplished and we wish him the best.”
Braverman has the opportunity to become the 12th college receiver under Fleck to play in the NFL, joining the likes of names such as Ted Ginn Jr., Brian Hartline, Anthony Gonzalez, Mohamed Sanu and current Bronco WR coach Matt Simon. Fleck also coached wide receivers during his time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012, mentoring NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver Vincent Jackson (72 rec., 1,384 yards, 8 TD) and Mike Williams (63 rec. 996 yards and 9 TD).
This season Braverman teamed with fellow junior Corey Davis to become the first FBS WR duo since 2008 to each go over the 1,300 yard mark. Davis ended 2015 fourth in the country in receiving yards with 1,436, good for second most in program history. He will look to build on those numbers as he returns for his senior season.
“I could not be more thrilled to have Corey coming back next season,” Fleck said. “He is the model of what rowing the boat is all about and we're excited to see the new levels he takes himself to next year.”
Davis will be joined next season by quarterback Zach Terrell who threw for over 3,500 yards and 29 touchdowns in 2015. Also along for the ride will be the 2015 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl Offensive MVP Jamauri Bogan who ran for 215 yards and four touchdowns in the Broncos' 45-31 win over Middle Tennessee for the first bowl victory in school history as well as six more returning starters on offense and eight returning starters on defense.