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March 16, 2012

Whitfield to try his hand at tight end

BroncoBlitz.com's staff has learned that former Western Michigan basketball standout Flenard Whitfield will officially join the WMU football team for spring practice in hopes of earning a spot as a tight end in the fall. Whitfield is present at today's practice, the first of the year.

This could be an important development for the Broncos, who currently do not have a particular leader at the position. Whitfield earned All-Mid-American Conference Honorable Mention in 2012, and will add a dynamic element with his 6-foot-7, 230 pound frame and unmeasurable athleticism. While there will certainly be a learning curve for the Detroit native, since he hasn't played the sport in four years, if Whitfield can regain the hands he displayed at Martin Luther King High School that sparked interest from schools such as LSU and Florida, he will be a major asset. Head coach Bill Cubit earlier lamented the lack of production from the tight ends in the past couple of seasons, and while Cubit indicated that Blake Hammond and Clark Mussman have had excellent offseasons, the fact is that an extraordinary athlete like Whitfield brings something else entirely to the table.

After four years of scholarship basketball without taking a redshirt season, NCAA rules allow for one season in a different sport.

Certainly, this is still an experiment, and raising expectations too high is dangerous. But no matter what happens in the end with Whitfield, this adds a marquee new storyline for WMU fans to watch for as spring practice gets underway.

Keep up with Whitfield and all of the happenings throughout spring practice both on BroncoBlitz.com and on Twitter at @WMURivals.

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