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Boise State receivers coach Junior Adams leaving to join Western Kentucky staff

Boise State wide receivers coach Junior Adams will join Western Kentucky’s staff as offensive coordinator.
Boise State wide receivers coach Junior Adams will join Western Kentucky’s staff as offensive coordinator.

Boise State wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator Junior Adams, who has spent the last three seasons with the Broncos, is leaving to join former Boise State quarterback and assistant Mike Sanford as Western Kentucky’s new offensive coordinator, a source said. Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman first reported the hire.

Adams oversaw 3,571 of Thomas Sperbeck’s school-record 3,601 receiving yards, and this past season had the first pair of 1,000-yard receivers in a single season in Boise State history in Sperbeck and Cedrick Wilson.

“I’m very happy for Junior Adams. Working with him the last three years has been great. I’m excited for him and wish him the best of luck,” Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said in a statement Friday, without stating where Adams was headed. “With Junior’s departure, there is a great opportunity for someone to join the Boise State staff, and a search is underway.”

Adams and Sanford worked together in 2014 when Sanford was the Broncos’ offensive coordinator. He was hired as Western Kentucky’s head coach on Dec. 14 after two seasons as Notre Dame’s offensive coordinator. Though the Hilltoppers lose a 1,600-yard rusher and two receivers who combined for more than 3,000 yards, they return quarterback Mike White (4,363 yards) on the nation’s No. 1 scoring offense.

Before coming to Boise State, Adams spent five seasons working with one of college football’s most prolific offenses at Eastern Washington, finishing No. 4 in the nation in passing in 2013, his final season. He recruited Eagles receiver Cooper Kupp, who had 6,284 receiving yards and 71 touchdowns from 2013-16 and should be an NFL draft pick next year.

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