August 19, 2010

Sophomore Cody Wilson looks to emerge at WR in 2010

Expected to take much larger role in the Central Michigan offense this season is sophomore wide receiver Cody Wilson. As a true freshman Wilson caught 25 passes for 382 yards and 2 touchdowns and he has slid into the #2 wide receiver role during camp. Wilson has seen an increased role this summer, and he is expected to be a major piece in the 2010 CMU offense.

"I think it's been going really good," said Wilson on camp thus far. "Everyday we come out here and try to get a lot better and try to get on the same page with new guys and stuff. But just that experience and that little bit I played last year and playing in some of those games last year has kind of slowed things down for me a little bit now. I kind of see defenses before the snap, I catch on to stuff pre-snap. So I think as far as confidence wise, I think I'm a lot more confident this year and it's helped me play a lot faster."

While he has been running with the #1 offense all during camp, no starters have been named and Wilson's permanent role is unclear.

"I'm not really to sure, whatever the coaches want me to do, that's what I'm going to do and I'm going to do it as hard as I can. Every time I'm on the field I'm going to give 100% and whatever my role is supposed to be, I will do."

Along with his role as the #2 receiver, Wilson has also seen time on special teams as a punt returner and gunner on the punt team.

"Yeah, right now I'm returning punts, and yeah if they want me to do that then I'm a guy that can do that," added Wilson. "So, really if they want me to return punts, I will, and I like doing that. I like special teams and I like doing other things other then playing wide receiver, I get to run around a little bit and there's a little more freedom."

At 5-foot-10 and 186 pounds, Wilson is ironically almost the exact height and weight of the player he will be replacing, current Pittsburgh Steeler Antonio Brown. Replacing a player of Brown's caliber who caught over 300 passes during his career and was used in several roles will be tough, but Wilson is not looking to replace Brown, instead he is looking to carve his own niche in the offense.

"Obviously, those are some big shoes to fill," said Wilson with a smile across his face. "Antonio was a great player and I don't think I'm going to be used exactly like he was last year, and obviously we're different players, but he made big plays all the time and hopefully I can emulate that. That's something any football player would want to do, if you can play like Antonio Brown your going to be playing pretty good."

While Wilson is looking to mirror some of Brown's football skills, he will not do the same with Brown's legendary trash talking skills.

"No, I let my actions speak more," laughed Wilson. "Antonio was pretty good at that, I let him do that and I'll just do what I do."

Even with the loss of several key offensive players and the installation of a new offense under first year head coach Dan Enos, CMU still possesses plenty of talent and should have a solid offense in 2010. Despite the changes, Wilson has actually embraced the new offense and expects big things this fall.

"I'm actually really liking it, it's a little different than last year, but I think we're going to attack defenses and we're going to get the guys that can make plays the ball," said Wilson. "We can do a lot of different things, and it's going to be fast and fun to watch. I'm pretty excited about it and it's been fun getting to know the new offense."

There have not been to many wide receivers who have come to CMU and played as true freshman, with only Brown, Bryan Anderson and Wilson coming to mind in the recent past. It takes a special talent to see the field at a position that usually requires some seasoning, and it was made clear last season that Cody Wilson has those special skills. If your looking for a breakout offensive player in 2010, #11 would be a pretty safe choice.

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