Know the foe — Western Michigan updates

This is Tim Hiller, Western Michigan’s starting QB.Here’s are some updates about the Western Michigan’s team that IU will play Saturday. The updates come from this week’s MAC teleconference, unless otherwise cited.

Quarterback Tim Hiller, who was the MAC Freshman of the Year in 2005 after completing 64.9 percent of his passes and throwing 20 touchdown passes and just three interceptions, had a rocky debut last Saturday after taking a redshirt season last year because of injury.

WMU coach Bill Cubit pulled Hiller in the third quarter of Saturday’s loss to West Virginia after he threw two interceptions and caused a fumble by pitching a ball late. Cubit said Hiller’s struggles weren’t surprising given that it had been almost two years since he had played in a game.

He also said he doesn’t know whether against IU he’ll start Cubit or Thomas Peregrin, a fifth-year senior who had thrown just 39 career passes coming into this season and who also had his problems Saturday after relieving Hiller. During practice this week, though, it has appeared that Cubit will start.

“Tim had some good moments and some rough moments,” said Cubit, who felt that Hiller didn’t notice open wide receivers a couple of times. “He made some crucial mistakes.”This is Thomas Peregrin, Western Michigan’s backup QB.

Cubit has also replaced running back Mark Bonds who last year had a 1,000-yard season. The replacement, Brandon West, had 12 carries for 14 yards against a WVU defense that emphasizes stopping the run. Bonds had two carries for nine yards. Cubit said West won the job by practicing harder and doing all the little things.

The WMU secondary, which is the strength of the Bronco defense, also has question marks going into Saturday’s game. According to reporter Graham Couch of the Broncos Insider, two starters – safety Louis Delmar and cornerback Londen Fryar – did not practice Tuesday after suffering injuries against West Virginia. Couch reported that Cubit wouldn’t say what the injuries were, which is contrary to his normal practice, and said it is “to be determined” whether they will play against IU.