A Question Mark at the Receiver Position

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With spring ball currently at the epicenter of the Bronco football program, it’s once again that time to get familiar with new faces and evaluate the needs of each position.

One of the biggest questions heading into this upcoming football season is concerned with the wide receiver position.

After losing two key play makers in Thomas Sperbeck and Chaz Anderson, the Broncos only maintain 45% of last year’s yardage production. Thus, the receivers position is left wide open.

As the fall season is fast approaching, there are a few names that could step in and play.

Returning Members

Cedrick Wilson (SR), 6-3, 183, Coffeyville CC (KAN): As far as returning players, the biggest name on the roster is Cedrick Wilson. Wilson came to Boise State by means of the ever-popular JUCO route.  He complemented the likes of Thomas Sperbeck providing quarterback, Brett Rypien with another dynamic target.

Wilson enters the 2017 season as a senior. After compiling over eleven-hundred yards and eleven touchdowns, he will look to increases his production and work load, become Rypien’s favorite target, and enhance the minds of the new members of the Bronco football squad.

Sean Modster (JR), 5-11, 168, Mission Viejo High (Calif): Sean Modster is another returning member that could earn a significant amount of playing time this upcoming season. Modster came on the scene last spring where he shined in the spring game. No game was more important to Modster than the home contest against BYU. Providing the bulk of his season stats that game, Modster brought energy and life to a close game.

Three other names that could make a splash for the Broncos this upcoming season are A.J. Richardson (JR), Akilian Butler (JR), and Austin Cottrell (SR).

All three members have participated in games and know how it feels to play on the blue. Richardson, after shining in Boise State’s last game of 2015 against San Jose state, scored his first touchdown against Colorado State last year. Butler played the role of punt returner for part of last season and Cottrell was an active member of the special team’s unit.

New Faces

The recruiting class for Boise State features nineteen members. Out of those nineteen, the Broncos grabbed three talented receivers.

 Cartrell Thomas (FR), 5-9, 160, Lancaster High (Texas): Thomas played his ball in the Dallas, Texas area. There, he contributed over twelve-hundred yards of receiving and nabbed fifteen touchdowns. His team won the District 10-5A title.

Octavius Evans (FR), 6-3, 185, Center  High (Texas): Evans played his ball just outside of Dallas, Texas. There, he contributed over eight-hundred yards receiving and nabbed six touchdowns. His height and weight parallel that of Cedrick Wilson.

 Damon Cole (FR), 6-1, 170, El Cerrito  High (Calf.): Cole played his ball in the Bay area. There, he contributed over sixteen-hundred all-purpose yards and nabbed nineteen touchdowns. Cole also played defensive back in high school making him very versatile.

Two other new faces include Julian Carter (RS Fr) and David McKinzie (RS SR). Carter sat out last season by means of red-shirting. He looks to bring his size and abilities into this season. McKinzie has been with the team since 2013.

In that time frame he’s only seen one game. He looks to bring his experience to the wide receiver depth chart.


About Darrek Harris

Darrek was born and raised in Boise, ID. Currently, he has an associates degree in English from the College of Western Idaho. He plans to pursue a bachelors degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. He enjoys sports in many fashions: playing, cheering, and coaching. Bleed Blue, Go Broncos, Amen!

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