Western Michigan quarterback Zach Terrell gets first career start

Aug 30, 2013; East Lansing, MI, USA; Western Michigan Broncos quarterback Zach Terrell (11) questions the call on field during 2nd half of a game between the Michigan State Spartans and the Western Michigan Broncos at Spartan Stadium. MSU won 26-13. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Against visiting Buffalo on Saturday, Western Michigan quarterback Zach Terrell will make his first career start.

Broncos starter Tyler Van Tubbergen (shoulder) suffered an injury in Western Michigan’s 47-20 loss at Toledo on Oct. 5, and WMU coach P.J. Fleck listed Van Tubbergen as a game-time decision earlier in the week.

Van Tubbergen wore a sling on his right arm and sat out four practices during the week. His first practice without a sling was Thursday.

In relief of Van Tubbergen, Terrell has completed 24 of 47 attempts for 325 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions in three games this season. The redshirt freshman threw a touchdown on his first career pass against Michigan State on Oct. 30.

MLive.com reporter David Drew reported Thursday that Fleck named Terrell a team captain for Saturday’s game.

Outside linebacker Johnnie Simon is a game-time decision.

Western Michigan (0-6, 0-2 Mid-American Conference) hosts Buffalo for its homecoming game at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Topics: Football, Western Michigan Broncos

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