March 30, 2007

Wilson shines in open practice

Kansas State coach Ron Prince said cornerback Ray Cheatham, in recording two interceptions, including one for a touchdown, stole the show during Kansas State's first spring practice Wednesday. But Thursday night, the defensive secondary couldn't contain Cedric Wilson, whose pass-catching ability continues to make him a probable fixture in the Wildcats' passing game.



"Today was probably Cedric Wilson's day," Prince said. "He was by far the best player on the field today. I'm really pleased with him."



In front of a handful of spectators and amid the playful jawing by teammates, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Wilson, wearing a gold necklace that shined under the lights of the Wildcats' indoor practice facility, repeatedly flashed his precision in running routes, quickness to the ball, and demonstrated the open-field elusiveness that sophomore quarterback Josh Freeman hopes will help Wilson to replace dangerous and departed Yamon Figurs.



"Wilson was overshadowed with Yamon, but he's really got a lot of speed," Freeman said. "I'm looking for Cedric to be another player like Yamon, a deep threat. Cedric also has better hips than Yamon, so he can run more of the underneath stuff and make people miss. He's good."



After victimizing safety Andrew Erker across the middle for one catch, Wilson hauled in a beautiful 40-yard pass from Freeman over cornerback Bryan Baldwin on a fade route near the sideline. But Wilson had plans other than going out of bounds. He stopped on a dead run, broke inside and maneuvered past several defenders in what resulted in a 70-yard touchdown.



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