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“No Name Crew” of Wide Receivers Look to Make Names for Themselves against MSU

by Colin Windecker

During training camp no single injury was more devastating to Broncos’ first year head coach P.J. Fleck than the ankle injury wide receiver Jamie Wilson suffered that will have him sidelined at minimum seven more weeks. Wilson was looking to build on what was a sensational freshman campaign where he hauled in 67 receptions for 792 yards and six scores en route to being named MAC Freshman of the Year. Fleck would love to see Wilson back this year but is also giddy at the chance of redshirting him and having him suit up in brown and gold for three more seasons after this one with more talent bound for Kalamazoo in the near future

But for now it’s on to Plan B. And after what I’ve seen during practice, Plan B might not be so horrible, just a little unknown.

True Freshman Corey Davis has broken onto the scene in such a big way that the 6’2 205 pounder from Wheaton, IL has jumped up on the depth chart from not even listed on August 10th to now listed as one of the starting wide receivers for Friday’s season opener against Michigan State.

“Constantly day-to-day he’s a stud at practice,” Coach Fleck said of Davis at Tuesday’s media luncheon. “His biggest rivalry was Wheaten North last year and now all of sudden he’s worried about Michigan State, starting as a true freshman. I have no problem starting him as true freshman.”

Davis was only recruiting by only ONE FBS School and that was WMU, so calling him an unknown is fitting. But now Davis has something to prove to all the schools that passed over the extremely talented wide out.

Starting alongside Davis will be Michael Henry and Timmy Keith who have combined for zero starts and between the two have only seen the field once. Unfortunately that one time was by Keith, who suffered a knee injury on the season opening kickoff and was done for the year.

But Fleck once again isn’t worried about playing guys with no game experience, especially since he’s in the same boat, as a head coach with game experience.  

Fortunately for the Broncos they do have someone experienced throwing them the ball in senior quarterback Tyler VanTubbergen.

“I like throwing guys into the fire and see what comes to the top,” Fleck added. “VanTubbergen has done a great job leading them. It’s a testament to Tyler, the command he has over these guys in the huddle. I like having an experienced QB with inexperienced wide receivers. Tyler will make them better.”

Fleck better hope that’s the case for Friday night, or it could end being a long evening at Spartan Stadium for the “No Name Crew.”