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 Draft Scout College Football Player News: Western Michigan
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  D'Wayne Eskridge returned for his fifth season at Western Michigan aiming to improve his draft stock after an injury cut short a promising 2019 campaign. His patience paid off handsomely Friday, when the Seattle Seahawks selected Eskridge with the 24th pick of the second round (56th overall) in the 2021 NFL Draft. He is the Seahawks' first pick of the draft, after the team traded its Round 1 selection to the New York Jets for safety Jamal Adams. Eskridge, a 5-foot-9, 190-pound Bluffton, Ind., native, is coming of a standout 2020 season, in which he caught 34 passes for 784 yards and eight touchdowns, while adding 467 kickoff return yards and a score on 17 attempts. His 213 all-purpose yards per game led the nation in 2020, and he ranked fourth in receiving yards per game (130.7) and yards per reception (23.1). The Mid-American Conference rewarded Eskridge's efforts by naming him the league's Special Teams Player of the Year and a First Team All-MAC pick at both receiver and returner. - Kalamazoo Gazette

(DS#9 WR) rSr/2021 WR DWayne EskridgeWestern Michigan
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  As a redshirt sophomore starter in 2020, quarterback Kaleb Eleby showed a command of the offense well beyond his years, and his strong right arm helped turn his pre-snap reads into completions at a rate of 64.7 percent. The Missouri native finished six-game season with 18 touchdowns against just two interceptions and averaged 285.8 yards per contest, and Lester said Eleby was much improved during spring ball. "Kaleb had an unbelievable spring," Lester said. "He had a great fall, don't get me wrong, but we're continuing his process, and I put him in some very unique situations to let him grow, and let him call some plays, which he's never done before, which is a great thing to do." - Kalamazoo Gazette

(DS#30 QB) rJr/2023 QB Kaleb ElebyWestern Michigan
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  Western Michigan wide receiver Dee Eskridge used his blazing speed to take the college football world by storm last season. On Thursday, he showcased his wheels for an NFL audience taking part in WMU's 2021 football pro day at Waldo Stadium. With scouts from 29 NFL teams on hand, Eskridge and offensive lineman teammate Jaylon Moore went through numerous drills to prove they have what it takes to play at the next level. Eskridge measured in at 5-foot-8.6 inches and 190 pounds and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 and 4.39 seconds, which would have tied for third fastest among wide receivers at last year's NFL Combine, but wasn't up to par for the First Team All-Mid-American Conference pick.

"My numbers didn't quite match up to what I wanted them to be at today, but overall, I felt like I had a great day showing the things that they wanted to see, for sure," Eskridge said during a conference call with media. "I just attacked it, so I'm coming out very proud of myself, but there's still more work to be done, so it's a steady grind, really." "I wanted to run a 4.29 today, for sure" Eskridge added. "The weather, it wasn't terrible. I don't know what it was -- it was a little bit cooler. I guess it just wasn't my day for the 4.29, but I still like I'm a 4.29 guy, for sure." - Kalamazoo Gazette


(DS#9 WR) rSr/2021 WR DWayne EskridgeWestern Michigan
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  The left side of Western Michigan's offensive line will look a little bit different in 2021, but the Broncos will have one all-conference player back to anchor the unit. A team spokesperson confirmed Friday that left guard Mike Caliendo, a 2020 First Team All-Mid-American Conference lineman, will be returning for his sixth and final season of eligibility, while Jaylon Moore, a Second Team All-MAC pick from 2020, has accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl and will pursue a pro football career after three years as a starter at left tackle. - Kalamazoo Gazette

(DS#42 OG) rSr/2022 OG Mike CaliendoWestern Michigan
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  2020 PAUL HORNUNG AWARD FINALIST: D'Wayne Eskridge, Senior wide receiver/return specialist, Western Michigan,...Eskridge played in all six games, led the nation with 213 all-purpose yards per game (130.7 receiving, 4.5 rushing and 77.3 returning kickoffs.) and scored two different ways – receiving and returning a kickoff. Known for his breakaway speed, Eskridge had touchdown receptions of 85, 76, 57, 51 and 49 yards and returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score. He made the Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll twice: in a win over Central Michigan when he caught four passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns and recovered two onside kicks late in the game; and in a win over Northern Illinois when he compiled 285 all-purpose yards and returned a kickoff for a touchdown. - The Louisville Sports Commission

(DS#9 WR) rSr/2021 WR DWayne EskridgeWestern Michigan
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  12/22/20 - Skyy MooreJr/2023, Western Michigan, 5-09, 195 (DS#58 WR) + More +

  2020 ALL-MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): Wide Receiver - Skyy Moore, Western Michigan,...Joining Jaylon Moore on the second team, Skyy Moore finished the year with 388 receiving yards and three TDs. Jefferson capped his season with 624 rushing yards, good for third in the MAC, and five rushing TDs. - Western Michigan Football

(DS#58 WR) Jr/2023 WR Skyy MooreWestern Michigan
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  2020 ALL-MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): Offensive Lineman - Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan,...Caliendo (first team OL) and Jaylon Moore (second team OL) played in all six games this year and blocked for a Bronco offense that ranked fourth in the league in yards per game (479.7). The seven sacks allowed by the WMU offensive line were the fewest by any MAC team which played its full six-game season. - Western Michigan Football

(DS#25 OT) rSr/2021 OT Jaylon MooreWestern Michigan
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  2020 ALL-MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Kickoff Return Specialist - D'Wayne Eskridge, Western Michigan,...Eskridge was one of two players in the league with a kickoff return for a touchdown this season, while his 27.5 yards per kickoff return led the league among players with at least five returns. - Western Michigan Football

(DS#9 WR) rSr/2021 WR DWayne EskridgeWestern Michigan
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  2020 ALL-MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Defensive Back - Bricen Garner, Western Michigan,...At strong safety, Garner ranked in the top-15 in the conference in both pass break-ups (four) and total tackles (45). - Western Michigan Football

(DS#39 SS) rSr/2022 SS Bricen GarnerWestern Michigan
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  2020 ALL-MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Down Lineman - Ralph Holley, Western Michigan,...Playing at nose guard, Holley led the way for a Bronco defensive line which led the league with 19 sacks on the year. His 9.0 tackles for loss on the season tied for third in the MAC with teammate A.J. Thomas. - Western Michigan Football

(DS#46 DT) rSr/2022 DT Ralph HolleyWestern Michigan
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  12/22/20 - Nick MihalicSr/2022, Western Michigan, 5-11, 190 (DS#39 P) + More +

  2020 ALL-MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM (COACHES): Punter - Nick Mihalic, Western Michigan,...Mihalic averaged 42.7 yards per punt, with six pinning opponents inside their own 20-yard line and four going for longer than 50 yards with a long punt of 68 yards good for second in the MAC. - Western Michigan Football

(DS#39 P) Sr/2022 P Nick MihalicWestern Michigan
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  2020 ALL-MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM (COACHES): Wide Receiver - Jaylen Hall, Western Michigan,...Hall was a big-play threat, averaging a conference-leading 26.9 yards per reception while his seven receiving TDs trailed only Skyy Moore. - Western Michigan Football

(DS#88 WR) rSr/2022 WR Jaylen HallWestern Michigan
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  2020 ALL-MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM (COACHES): Quarterback - Kaleb Eleby, Western Michigan,...Third-team Broncos included Eleby, Hall, Howard and Mihalic. Eleby led the league's QBs in efficiency at 195.1 He finished the year completing 64.7-percent of his passes for 1,715 yards and a MAC-best 18 TDs with just two interceptions. - Western Michigan Football

(DS#30 QB) rJr/2023 QB Kaleb ElebyWestern Michigan
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  2020 ALL-MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): Running Back - La'Darius Jefferson, Western Michigan,...Jefferson capped his season with 624 rushing yards, good for third in the MAC, and five rushing TDs. - Western Michigan Football

(DS#70 RB) Sr/2022 RB LaDarius JeffersonWestern Michigan
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  2020 ALL-MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Wide Receiver - D'Wayne Eskridge, Western Michigan,...At receiver, Eskridge led the MAC in receiving yards (784), yards per game (130.7) and receiving touchdowns (eight). It marks the third time in the last five seasons a Bronco has collected Special Teams Player of the Year after Darius Phillips won it in 2016 and '17. - Western Michigan Football

(DS#9 WR) rSr/2021 WR DWayne EskridgeWestern Michigan
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