Boise State vs Colorado State Football

Boise State wide receiver CT Thomas runs down the field for extra yardage on a reception against Colorado State on Oct. 19, 2018, at Albertsons Stadium in Boise.

The Idaho Press is counting down the 20 most important players for the Boise State football team in 2019. Next up on our list is No. 10, CT Thomas:

It only seemed like every catch CT Thomas made last season came on either third or fourth down. Thomas made several key catches during a breakout sophomore campaign, and now enters the 2019 season as one of the top receivers on Boise State’s roster.

Thomas is the leading returning wide receiver for the Broncos after finishing third last season with both 41 catches and 535 receiving yards. Both AJ Richardson and Sean Modster, the top two in both categories, graduated and moved on — leaving Thomas with big shoes to fill.

The 5-foot-8, 180-pound speedster nearly tripled his production from his freshman year, proving last season that he more than just a deep threat. Sure Thomas broke free for a couple long touchdowns, but he also was the Broncos’ most reliable option on key third and fourth down plays.

Of Thomas’ 41 receptions last season, 20 came on third or fourth down – and 19 of those moved the chains with a first down. Many stick out, but a late fourth-down catch at Nevada helped the Broncos run out the clock.

John Hightower is the team’s leading returning wide receiver in terns of touchdowns with six, but Thomas is second with three. His importance to the offense is obvious.

And now Thomas is saddled with big expectations and pressure heading into his junior season. With the mainstays Richardson and Modster gone, Thomas and Hightower will be expected to be Boise State’s top two receivers this season. After going from 15 to 41 catches from his freshman to sophomore seasons, it’s not crazy to think Thomas could make another sizable jump and finish with at least 50 receptions this season.

The Broncos will have a new quarterback this season, and Thomas will play a big part in helping bring them along. No longer an inexperienced youngster, the upperclassman Thomas would appear to be in for a big junior season. The Broncos could badly use it.

Boise State’s 20 Most Important Players in 2019{/span}

No. 20: Chase Hatada

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No. 19: DeAndre Pierce

No. 18: Octavius Evans

No. 17: John Bates

No. 16: Kekaula Kaniho

No. 15: Joel Velazquez

No. 14: Riley Whimpey

No. 13: Kekoa Nawahine

No. 12: Eric Quevedo

No. 11: Jalen Walker

{span class=”print_trim”}No. 10: CT Thomas

B.J Rains has covered Boise State athletics for the Idaho Press since 2013. He is an Associated Press Top 25 men's basketball poll voter, and also contributes to KBOI-TV as a Boise State insider.

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