BOISE - From the moment he arrived on campus from Coffeyville Junior College in Kansas, wide receiver Cedrick Wilson proved why he was the perfect addition to an experienced Boise State offense.
With the loss of Shane Williams-Rhodes to graduation, the Broncos needed someone who could step in and make an immediate impact and share the load with receivers Thomas Sperbeck and Chaz Anderson.
"He's a guy that adjusts really, really fast," said quarterback Brett Rypien. "He works really hard, and think that's evident."
The chemistry between the star quarterback and the new receiver didn't take long to develop, and was on full display in the Broncos' season opener in Lafayette, Louisiana on Saturday.
On the first series of the game, Rypien completed a pass to Wilson on third and long.
"He's a different animal, man," Rypien said. "Because you can throw him a deep ball and he'll catch up to it."
It was after that catch that the Boise State offense caught fire. The Broncos scored on their next two positions, and built a 35-3 lead by halftime.
"That was big time," Rypien said. "That was big to get our momentum going for sure."
In front of approximately 30 of his closest family and friend who made the trip to Lafayette, Wilson ended up with a team-high seven receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown in his NCAA debut. He also proved that the Broncos now have yet another weapon in what was already an explosive offense.
"He got an opportunity to go out there and score a touchdown, and he made plays for us," said coach Bryan Harsin. "He's going to be a great addition to that receiving crew."
Rypien said there was never a doubt that Wilson would step up.
"We all knew it," he said. "We all knew he was going to have a big game - the whole team did - because he does it in practice every single day. He's a playmaker."
Wilson will get a chance to impress a friendly home crowd this Saturday when the Broncos take on Washington State at Albertsons Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8:15 p.m.
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