WMU’s Franklin headlines state players to sign as UFAs

Now, Saturday was an exciting day for Jarvion Franklin. The Western Michigan running back participated in graduation ceremonies during the day in Kalamazoo, and at night, he became a professional football player, signing an undrafted free-agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The deal reunites him with former WMU teammate Chukwuma Okorafor, an offensive tackle who was taken by Pittsburgh in the third round of the NFL Draft. Franklin is among at least 16 state players, so far, who have signed either as UFAs or accepted rookie mini-camp tryouts. Franklin, 6-foot and 220 pounds, finished as Western Michigan’s all-time rushing leader, with 4,867 yards — fifth all-time in the history of th

Michigan Football: Khalid Hill could find a home with the Seahawks

Former Michigan football standout Khalid Hill didn’t get picked in the 2018 NFL draft, but he did get signed as a rookie free agent by the Seattle Seahawks. The 2018 NFL draft didn’t really go as planned for the Michigan football team and its draft hopefuls. Maurice Hurst went way later than most expected a short time ago and the only other player picked was Mason Cole. Guys like Mike McCray and Khalid Hill, the other Michigan football players with a chance at getting picked weren’t. McCray signed a rookie free agent deal with the Miami Dolphins and soon after, Hill followed suit. Except Hill joined the Seattle Seahawks, which on paper, seem like a perfect fit. If there is one thing you can

WMU's Asantay Brown ready to 'prove himself' with Super Bowl champion Eagles

MUSKEGON -- If Asantay Brown were at all disappointed about not being selected in the NFL draft over the weekend, then he sure wasn't showing it Monday afternoon at Mona Shores High School. Brown was all smiles during his visit to his high school alma mater, two days after agreeing to sign a three-year deal as an undrafted free agent with the reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. Brown, who was an all-state receiver at Mona Shores before he served as a versatile, impact player at linebacker and safety for Western Michigan University, expects to report to the Eagles next week. "That's exciting, you know," he beamed, when asked about getting the opportunity with the Eagles. "Not ev

'A lot of waiting' for Zach Sieler, Baltimore Ravens draft pick from Pinckney and Ferris Sta

Nothing has ever come easily in Zach Sieler’s football career, so why should draft day be any different? He was unrecruited coming out of Pinckney High School and had to prove himself as a walk-on at NCAA Division II Ferris State. After turning himself into an All-America defensive lineman and NFL prospect, Sieler waited with family and friends at his home in Pinckney until there were only 19 picks remaining to get the call from the Baltimore Ravens. Sieler was a seventh-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, going 238th overall out of 256 players who were selected between Thursday and Saturday. A player for whom there have been no shortcuts to success kept the faith as the opportunities to be dr