The Western Michigan University Football team did not have many bright spots in what was their worst season since Bill Cubit, who was fired at the end of the season, was hired. With the departure of All-American wide receiver Jordan White, the Broncos were left with a huge void in their offense.
When true freshman Jaime Wilson stepped into the starting wide receiver role, the Broncos got more than they bargained for.
The Belle Glade, Fla., native was named honorable mention for the College Football News Freshman All-American Team as announced Monday. Wilson finished with team highs 67 receptions, six receiving TDs and 792 receiving yards. He led the Mid American Conference in punt return average with 13.6 yards per return. Wilson also ranked sixth in the conference in receptions per game with 6.7 and eighth in receiving yards with 792.
Also named Second Team All-Mid-American Conference Offense and Special Teams as a punt returner, Wilson became the first WMU player to earn All-MAC in two categories since Brandon West earned second team as a running back and kick returner in 2007.
“Me coming in helping the team the way I did, as a freshman felt really good,” said Wilson. “The college game is much faster than high school, once I picked up on things it became easier.”
WMU is still in search for their next head coach, but the 5’11, 196 pound Wilson is looking forward to next season and what he can do to improve himself and his team.
“He [Cubit] and his staff recruited me so I got to build a relationship with them, but this is a business,” said Wilson. “I try to focus on what I have to do. Whoever the coach is I‘ll do what I need to do to show him I’m ready to help the team get back to where it used to be.”
The expectation for the young receiver will be through the roof next season. He put the MAC on notice, but he hasn’t shied away from the upcoming pressure.
“My goal is to have a thousand yard season, at least 10 TDs, and 75 to 85 catches,” said Wilson.
In addition to staying healthy he wants to get bigger, faster and improve his ability to get off press coverage in the offseason. He said that these are the steps necessary to achieve his goals.
While he will be working hard all offseason, Bronco football fans will have to wait until next autumn to see what the freshman standout can do in his sophomore season.