Boise State has lined up against some great receivers in its history; among them Bernard Berrian of Fresno State, Davone Bess, Ryan Grice-Mullen, Ashley Lelie, Chad Owens and Greg Salas of Hawai'i Nate Burleson and Alex Van Dyke of Nevada, Roger Carr and Troy Edwards of Louisiana Tech, Austin Collie of BYU, Kevin Curtis of Utah State, Mike Hass of Oregon State, Steve Smith of Utah, Boo Williams of Arkansas and Chris Williams of New Mexico State.
In a poll taken in 2013 on BroncoCountry.com, Bess and Hass were chosen as the wide receivers on the Boise State All-Opponent Football Team. Current players were not eligible, but perhaps if the poll were taken at some later date in the future, Colorado State junior Rashard Higgins would be atop the list.
In his first two games with Boise State, Higgins made his presence known, and he has wreaked havoc on the Bronco secondary. As a freshman, he caught 10 passes against Boise State to tie the Colorado State freshman record. Higgins finished the year with the sixth-most receptions in school history, 68, for 837 yards and six touchdowns, and earned All-Freshman honors from Campus Insider.
Last year in Albertsons Stadium, Higgins recorded 11 receptions for 143 yards against Boise State on his way to consensus first-team All-America honors. When he racked up 187 receiving yards against Utah State last year, it gave him three consecutive games over 175 receiving yards, the first player since Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree in 2007 to achieve that feat. Upon the conclusion of the season, Rashard was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award thanks to 96 catches for CSU single-season records of 1,750 yards (18.2 avg.) and 17 touchdowns. His receiving yards and TD receptions paced the nation, and Higgins' 17 touchdowns went for an average length of 34.9 yards.
Tomorrow, Higgins goes against the Bronco defense for a third time when his Rams host Boise State in Fort Collins.
Higgins entered 2015 as one of three players nationally to be named to watch lists for the Maxwell Award, the Walter Camp Award and the Biletnikoff Award (Laquon Treadwell of Mississippi and Auburn's Duke Williams are the others).
This year, Higgins has picked up right where he left off with 30 catches for 426 yards (14.2 per reception) and four touchdowns. His 7.5 receptions per game and 106.5 receiving yards per game rank 14th and 10th in the nation, respectively. He missed the Minnesota game because of a foot sprain suffered in the Rams' season opener. Against Texas-San Antonio last Saturday, Higgins moved into third place in CSU history with 184 career catches and 2,899 career receiving yards.
Higgins has gathered in 10 or more catches seven times and has 12 career games of 100 or more receiving yards in just over two years of action.
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Boise State coaches and the entire Bronco secondary are aware of #82 and the danger he represents. Kickoff in Fort Collins is set for tomorrow at 5.