Boise State coaches did not need to play coy when they got Cedrick Wilson on campus. The 6-foot-3 junior college transfer was everything they had hoped with his speed, hands and smarts.
In his debut for the Broncos on Saturday, the junior wide receiver made his impact felt immediately with a team-high seven receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown.
“None of us were shocked,” senior receiver Thomas Sperbeck said.
Wilson’s first reception provided a glimpse into the future.
Facing third-and-4 at the Broncos’ own 26-yard line, sophomore quarterback Brett Rypien dropped back to pass and heaved a ball to the other side of the field, which Wilson met with a leaping grab over Louisiana cornerback Simeon Thomas for 28 yards. Four plays later, junior running back Jeremy McNichols got Boise State on the board with a 1-yard touchdown run.
“Ced talks about it all the time. He’s like, ‘If I’m one-on-one, give me a shot. That’s all I need,’ ” Rypien said. “That was big to get our momentum going.”
Wilson was ready for the opportunity.
“We’ve been working on that play a lot. I told Ryp to just put it up, and we converted it,” he said.
Most of Wilson’s damage came in the first quarter, when he had six catches for 103 yards. He had the first touchdown reception of the season, a 42-yarder from Rypien with 6:09 elapsed in the first quarter on a deep pass in which he got inside the cornerback, then outran him for the score.
“He’s going to be a great addition to the receiving corps,” coach Bryan Harsin said.
After scoring 27 touchdowns and adding 1,674 receiving yards in his two seasons at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College, the Broncos had high hopes for Wilson, and he’s already met them.
“I’m just happy they’re trusting me to make the plays, so I’m going to keep making them if they keep calling them,” Wilson said.