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A year ago, Daniel Braverman watched, sidelined by an ACL injury.

Four games into this season, he's making a statement.

Braverman, a three-star recruit with 4.3 speed, is averaging 103 yards (30 catches) for Western Michigan, which hosts Toledo on Saturday in its Mid-American Conference opener.

"He's done a tremendous job in the offseason developing as a football player in terms of mentally," second-year coach P.J. Fleck said Monday. "He's faster. He's stronger. He's a lot more controlled and has become an elite route runner. He's caught the ball way better than he ever has."

Braverman had eight receptions for 100 yards last weekend in a 35-17 loss at Virgnia Tech.

Former Broncos coach Bill Cubit — as did Fleck — recruited Braverman, who played as a true freshman in 2012.

"I remember recruiting him when I was at Rutgers," Fleck said. "We didn't take him, but I remember recruiting him.

Bolden tabbed to start at QB

Eastern Michigan first-year coach Chris Creighton is thrilled the nonconference schedule is complete, one that included two lopsided losses, 65-0 at Florida and 73-14 at Michigan State.

"Obviously, the Florida and Michigan State games were just huge losses and we needed to get through it and over it," Fleck said. "We rested some, worked fundamentals and also had some time to do some recruiting."

But as Eastern Michigan prepares to play at Akron on Saturday, Creighton will look to Rob Bolden as his starter, making Bolden the third player to start at quarterback this season.

"Rob's got some experience, some maturity and has the ability to both throw it and run it," Creighton said. "We just have to get into a rhythm and get an identity right now offensively and that needs to happen this week.

Davis taking off at CMU

Central Michigan coach Dan Enos was happy to see receiver Titus Davis (knee) back.

"He makes a huge impact," Enos said.

"He's one of the best players in the league. ... He looked comfortable out there, looked explosive and he'll just get better every week as he gets in better condition."

Davis finished with six receptions for 128 yards in a 42-28 loss to Toledo.

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