Is WR Cedrick Wilson The New Go-To WR for Boise State Football?
Boise State football lost a lot of production in the passing game. Here is who could step up.
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Previewing Boise State’s wide receivers
The Boise State wide receiving group has one dynamic player on this unit and it is Cedrick Wilson who is projected to be one of the best wide receivers in the conference.
In his first year in the Broncos offensive system he put up big numbers with 1,219 yards while averaging 11.9 yards per target and had five games over 100 yards. For the entire season he had 56 receptions for 1,129 yards and one of three Mountain West players with more than 10 touchdowns with 11.
The problem is that Wilson is the only player back with any sort of experience on this roster at the wide receiver position. The loss of Thomas Sperbeck is huge hit for this offense as he had 80 receptions for 1,272 yards and that is hard to just get that production back not only from one player but even a slew of players. There is only so much of that lost production which Wilson can add to his totals.
Not only is Sperbeck gone but so is fellow wide receiver Chaz Anderson and running back Jeremy McNichols who accounted for 68 receptions for 876 yards. For those keeping track at home that is 144 catches and over 2,000 yards to replace in the receiving game.
So, what players will be the next set up players to step up and produce that lost production?
Wilson will be the No. 1 wide out and he will be targeted more in this offense by quarterback Brett Rypien. There is also some experience back with tight end Jake Roh but last year he disappointed by going from 35 receptions in 2014 and 33 in 2015 down to just 10 last year. If Roh gets back to around 30-plus catches then that can ease the pain of losing so much production.
Look for receivers Sean Modster, Akilian Butler A.J. Richardson to potentially round out the depth chart. Richardson looks to be tabbed as the deep threat guy and maybe even the No. 2 wide receiver on this team. In the spring game Richardson had four catches for 77 yards while Butler and Modster combined for 44 yards on six receptions.
What will really help this receiving group is having possibly the best quarterback on the West Coast in Rypien and he can help ease in these new wide receivers who are moving up the depth chart.