Boise State wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes in the midst of a historically good year.
He continued his hot streak by catching a team-high 11 passes for 79 yards in a 48-7 win over Wyoming on Saturday.
Over the last five games, Williams-Rhodes has carved out a significant role in the Bronco offense. He has been on the receiving end of 35.2-percent of the team’s completions over that span, easily the highest of any player. The next closest is junior wide receiver Matt Miller at 17.4-percent.
Best described by his teammates as “a little guy,” the speedy 5-foot-6 sophomore is on pace to become the most prolific single-season pass catcher in school history.
- Williams-Rhodes has caught 10-or-more passes in a game three times this season. By the way, all three of those performances have come in the last five games. Williams-Rhodes has 44 catches over that span.
- He also cracked 1,000 all-purpose yards on the season in the Wyoming game. His 1,084 this fall are second to only runningback Jay Ajayi (1,107 all-purpose yards) on the team. Williams-Rhodes has 73 yards rushing, 662 yards receiving, 219 yards off punt returns and 130 more off kick returns. He is the first Boise State wide receiver to have more than 1,000 all-purpose yards in a season since Tyler Shoemaker totaled up 1,037 (37 yards rushing, 994 yards passing) in 2011.
- In addition, Williams-Rhodes ranks 6th amongst wide receivers in the Mountain West, averaging 108.4 all-purpose yards per game.
- Williams-Rhodes now has 71 catches on the season. That ties with him Austin Pettis and Titus Young for the fifth most in a single-season in school history. That is pretty good company. With at least three games left, Williams-Rhodes is on pace to shatter the school record for catches in a season. At his current average of 7.1 receptions per game, he is projected to finish with 92 catches. That number bumps up to 99 if the Broncos make it to the Mountain West Championship Game.
All-Time Single-Season Reception Leaders at Boise State:
1. Jeremy Childs (2007) - 82
2. Titus Young (2009) - 79
3. Mike Wilson (1992) - 76
4. Jeremy Childs (2008) - 72
t5. Austin Pettis (2010), Titus Young (2010), Shane Williams-Rhodes (2013) - 71
- Williams-Rhodes ranks amongst the top receivers in the nation this year as well. His 7.1 catches per game is the 16th best mark in the NCAA and the third highest total by an underclassman. He his averaging a ridiculous 8.8 catches per game since the beginning of October.
- Williams-Rhodes has also been a game-changer on punt returns. His current average of 15.6 yards per punt return ranks 11th in the NCAA. He has three returns of 30-or-more yards, which is tied for 5th in the country.
— Jay Tust (Follow on Twitter: @KTVBSportsGuy)