Cedrick Wilson came to Boise State as one of the top junior college wide receiver prospects in this recruiting cycle, and he's lived up to the billing thus far.
When speaking of Wilson on signing day in February, receivers coach Junior Adams said “the moment of truth grabs, he makes those plays when he’s covered, that's what he brings to the table for us.”
Eight practices into his first spring at Boise State, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Wilson has shown he will fit quickly into the Broncos' passing arsenal.
“We’re still high on Cedrick,” Adams said. “He’s done everything we’ve asked. ... we don’t have to ask him to come in and watch film. There’s times he’s in the building two hours studying the playbook, studying the position.”
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“He’s tall, and he can run. He has really good hands.”
Wilson, who has put on 15 pounds since his arrival in January, was elated earlier this month to practice at Albertsons Stadium for the first time.
“When I came out here and saw the blue for the first time, I was like ‘I can’t wait to play on this,’” Wilson said. “Even practice feels like a game to me.”
Behind seniors Thomas Sperbeck and Chaz Anderson, no returning receiver had more than 10 catches last season, opening a prime opportunity for someone like Wilson with his frame and ability. He had 66 catches for 1,045 yards and 17 touchdowns last season at Coffeyville (Kansas) Community College.
“Of course, that's what I wanted to do - transferring, I wanted to play, so it’s pretty nice seeing they’re giving me the opportunity to do it,” Wilson said.
Boise State’s annual pro day will take place Thursday, and will include 19 former Boise State standouts:
Kamalei Correa (STUD/DE)
Donte Deayon (CB)
Tyler Gray (LB)
Marcus Henry (C)
Tyler Horn (DL)
Holden Huff (TE)
Terrell Johnson (WR/KR)
Taylor Loffler (DB)
Mercy Maston (DB)
Rondell McNair (DL)
Armand Nance (DL)
Rees Odhiambo (OL)
Justin Taimatuia (DL)
Darian Thompson (S)
Ricky Tjong-aTjoe (DL)
Antoine Turner (DL)
Troy Ware (WR)
Shane Williams-Rhodes (WR)
Kelsey Young (RB)
The event will be streamed live at BroncoSports.com/videos, starting at noon. Also check out IdahoStatesman.com throughout the day for updates, photos and video.
Boise State issued the following statement Wednesday regarding former defensive lineman Antoine Turner, who earned national attention after he fought homelessness before arriving two years ago. He did not play last season as a senior:
“Antoine Turner was held out of the 2015 football season as Boise State conducted an investigation in conjunction with the NCAA regarding a transfer eligibility matter stemming from his time in junior college.
Boise State received a formal decision this week stating that Turner has been rendered permanently ineligible, and that no further action is required of the University. Additionally, no penalties were levied against the school.
While Turner’s collegiate football career is over, he has remained on scholarship while continuing his coursework toward a degree in communications, and is expected to graduate the summer of 2016.”
A few highlights from some other Broncos who spoke to the media this week:
Sophomore CB Tyler Horton
-On his current weight of 185 pounds, up nearly 20 pounds from his arrival on campus in the summer: “I knew one thing for me, the weight room was going to be a big deal ... it was kind of a weakness of mine, so I just had to have the mindset of it’s where I needed the most work, so I had to put my time and my effort into it. It pays off.”
-On playing as a true freshman: “It was a blessing. I didn’t expect it to be on defense, just maybe on special teams. The guys like Donte (Deayon), (Darian Thompson), (Jonathan) Moxey, they prepped me, had me ready, even in games I didn’t play as much, the prepared me like I was going to start. They made sure I had every question answered.”
-On carrying over experience: “Get more into the playbook, understanding the schemes more, and helping the young guys. I want them to have even more of an advantage than I had, so when they’re playing, they’re ready to go and we’re on the same page.”
-On opportunity to start opposite Moxey: “I don’t think about it that much. I just want to play football. If I’m starting or not, I’m going to try to get on the field, be prepared because you never know what’ll happen.”
Receivers coach Junior Adams
-On his group: “It’s good having Chaz, obviously Thomas back, now being senior leaders in that room. It’s good with the addition of Cedrick Wilson, he’s had a good seven, eight days of practice. Then you’ve got A.J. Richardson, who played for us last year, played some snaps, you see those reps paying off. Akilian Butler had a decent practice today for us. They’re a good, fun group.”
-On areas of improvement: “Just consistent, be consistent at the details harp every day. Exploding off the (line of scrimmage), making difficult catches look easy. When we do get the ball in our hands, we’ve got to be better at running after the catch. I think that’s one thing we want to put an emphasis on this spring.”
-On Anderson: “Chaz, when he plays fast, he’s a pretty good wide receiver. That’s what I’m harping on him every single day, ‘Chaz, play fast, explode off the football.’ ... if we can do that on a consistent, Chaz will play some good football for us.
“I want to say a few days ago, he came off kind of gliding, then tried to burst. When he did that, he dropped it. When he plays fast, he’s decisive and he’s not thinking, he plays good football.”
-On Sperbeck: “He’s making difficult catches right now, I want to say he made one today in practice. With Thomas, when he does catch the ball, I want to see him be a little more dynamic with the football in his hands. I thought there were some situations last year when he had the ball in his hands in the open field and probably could’ve scored. He has good enough speed to do it.”
-On drops last season: “It was like we had the flu or something, ‘stay away from us.’ When it comes to pass catching, we obviously drill it pre-practice, we drill it post-practice, we drill it during practice. ... there’s been some times where you see a guy catch it, turn away before they put it to a tuck, in a game situation, that can lead to a drop.”