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A Trio of Broncos Ready to Make History

Courtesy: Mat Kanan, director of athletic media relations
Release: 12/22/2011
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Mitch Zajac, Ben Armer and John Potter are about to accomplish something that only one Bronco has done in program history and who that that Bronco is may come as a surprise to most fans.

Do you know who holds the record for the most games played as a Bronco?  It would have to be someone who played every game of their respective careers and made an impact since their freshman year.  You would be right on both accounts but its not someone like John Offerdahl, Jason Babin, Tony Scheffler, Greg Jennings or Brad Selent.  It's Tom Harrington.

Former long snapper Tom Harrington appeared in a program record 50 games in his career, making every snap on punts, field goals and PATs since his freshman season in 2006.

Prior to 2006, NCAA Division I FBS teams were not guaranteed 12 games in a season so even someone like Tim Lester who played all but one game of his career, only had 46 opportunities (including two Mid-American Conference Championship games).

Heading into this season there were four Broncos that were within a game of Harrington.  Phil Swanson, Dustin Duclo, Austin Pritchard and Nick Varcadipane all finished with 49 games played.  Even Louis Delmas and E.J. Biggers finished with 45 and 46 games played respectively in their careers.

Anthony Parker will play in his 49th career game on Dec. 27 but Zajac, Armer and Potter will match Harrington at 50.  Now, if WMU doesn't punt, Armer would end his career at 49 as well.  If we don't score ... well let's not go there.

Zajac will have one distinction that neither Potter, Armer nor Harrington have.  He will become the only every down position player to reach 50 games in a career. 

Of course, all four of these Broncos have something to be proud of, playing so many games in a career, but this trio also have one more way they can distinguish themselves from Broncos of the past and it also has to do with a number.  That number is one, meaning Armer, Potter and Zajac, and ther rest of the Broncos have a chance to be the first to bring a bowl win back to Kalamazoo.

Western Michigan football continues to prepare for the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Dec. 27 against Purdue.  The game, taking place at Ford Field at 4:30 p.m. airs on ESPN HD.  Visit www.wmubroncos.com/tickets or call 1-888-4-WMU-TIX to purchase your seats today.  Online tickets are available until 11 a.m. on Dec. 26.  Call in and walk up ticket purchases are available only until the close of business this Friday, Dec. 23.

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