Vander Esch, Wilson Ready For NFL Combine
March 2, 2018

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BOISE, Idaho - Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch and wide receiver Cedrick Wilson will represent Boise State at the 2018 NFL Combine, which runs Friday-Monday (March 2-5) at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Wilson will be the first of the pair to workout at the combine, as the quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends are scheduled for Saturday beginning at 7 a.m. MT. Vander Esch will work out Sunday with the linebackers and defensive linemen, also beginning at 7 a.m. MT.

The NFL Combine will be televised live on NFL Network, with live coverage beginning at 7 a.m. MT each morning.

Wilson turned in a record-breaking season for the Broncos in 2017, catching 83 passes to set the program's single-season record while accumulating 1,511 receiving yards along with seven touchdowns. Named to the All-Mountain West First Team, he saved two of his best performances of the season for the final two games, first catching eight passes for 148 yards in Boise State’s 17-14 Mountain West Championship Game victory over Fresno State, then going for 221 yards and a touchdown over 10 receptions in the Broncos’ 38-28 win over Oregon at the Las Vegas Bowl. For the latter performance, Wilson was named to the All-Bowl Teams of ESPN.com, SI.com, and USA TODAY.

Vander Esch put together one of the top all-around defensive campaigns in recent Bronco history in 2017, leading the team in tackles (141), intercepting three passes, forcing four fumbles, and recording 4.0 sacks and 8.5 tackles-for-loss. Individually, Vander Esch ranked 14th in the FBS with 10.1 tackles per game, as well as fifth in the country with 6.5 solo tackles per game.

The Riggins, Idaho native became the first Bronco to be named Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year, and backed it up with being named the Defensive MVP of the Mountain West Championship Game. In that contest, Vander Esch matched the game record with 16 tackles, and sealed Boise State's 17-14 victory over Fresno State with an interception with just under two minutes remaining.

Two weeks later at the Las Vegas Bowl, Vander Esch made a team-high 12 tackles with 3.0 TFL, a sack, and a forced fumble in Boise State's 38-28 win over Oregon.


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