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Boise State Broncos receivers put up big numbers in opening game

Posted: 7:29 PM, Sep 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-05 21:29:27-04

In Boise State's impressive 56-20 route of Troy, the Broncos receivers showcased their skills getting open and producing big plays.

Going into the season the unit was a question mark because they had to find a way to replace the production of Cedrick Wilson who caught 83 passes, tallied 1511 yards while scoring seven touchdowns.

In the opener Senior Quarterback Brett Rypien went 20-28 with 304 yards and four scores, three of those went to three different receivers.

The star in the opener was Senior Sean Modster who caught seven passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns, including a 54-yard strike and a twenty yarder for BSU's first touchdown, nearly all that production came in the first half.

Sophomore CT Thomas showed off his speed on a 53-yard touchdown, his first as a Bronco, Thomas finished with three catches for 68 yards.

Junior Akilian Butler caught his first touchdown after coming back from a torn ACL that forced Butler to miss most of last season, it was Butler's first receiving touchdown and the first touchdown at BSU since he rushed one in back in 2015.

"It meant a lot just to be back out there with my boys just to play again that just means everything to me," said Butler. "With the question mark thing we just took that with a grain of salt and that is why we kind of play with a chip on our shoulders."

"Each of us has that competitive mentality all of us want the ball," said Modster. "But, if we see others making it that makes us really proud."

"This is the first time for me that it feels like a brotherhood," said Thomas who grew up playing in Texas before coming to Boise State.

The receiving corps also told us they look forward to when Sophomore Octavius Evans is able to return from injury, the receivers say that provide Rypien with another weapon.