P.J. Fleck made a name for himself by turning Western Michigan into one of the top non-Power 5 programs in the country.
So, even late in the coaching carousel, when Fleck decided to row his boat to Minnesota, most Broncos players were understanding of the move, said former Western Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Moton.
Land of 10’s Scott Dochterman caught up with Moton at the 2017 NFL Combine:
“I wish him the best. I was talking to him earlier today. I’m excited to see what he does with the program,” Moton said. “I know everyone was surprised about it; everyone thought he was staying. But I was happy for him because I know he wants to be a big-time coach, and that’s a great steppingstone at Minnesota, a Big Ten school. So I completely understand. A lot of the guys do really.”
Fleck is set to begin his first set of spring practices with the Gophers this month while some of his former pupils will be trying to impress scouts at the combine.
Western Michigan could have a pair of early round picks in this year’s draft. Moton is projected as a second-round pick by CBS, which ranks him as the fifth best offensive tackle in the class. Former WMU wide receiver Corey Davis, meanwhile, is expected to be a first-round selection.