It has all come full circle.
Kyle Wilson, who came all the way from New Jersey to Boise to play for Boise State, will now play for the New York Jets.
Wilson, who had the best numbers of all cornerbacks at the National Football League combine, was the 29th player selected in the NFL Draft. Wilson joins Ryan Clady as First Rounders from Boise State--the All-Pro Clady was selected in the first round just three years ago.
Wilson's value is undeniable. Look no further than how the opposition runs plays away from him. Still, Wilson recorded 43 tackles, 4.5 for loss, 31 of those unassisted, and three interceptions, with two of those returned for touchdowns. He picked off a pass against San Jose State and returned it for 27 yards and then snagged one for a pick six against Idaho that covered 71 yards.
Wilson's stunning sack of TCU quarterback Andy Dalton set the tone for the Bronco defense and was a turning point in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl win for Boise State. Wilson also had 24 punt returns last season for a 10.4 average. Midway through the season, he was named to The Sporting News All-America team. Wilson was named to the Watch List for the major collegiate defensive awards: The Bronko Nagurski, the Chuck Bednarik, the Jim Thorpe and the Lott Trophy.
He was one of 12 semifinalists for the Thorpe award, which is presented to the top defensive back in college football. Wilson was recognized as one of 20 quarterfinalists for the Lott Trophy that honors student-athletes that embody integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity. The Nagurski Trophy goes to the nation’s top collegiate defensive player.
In 2008, Wilson was a first-team All-Western Athletic Conference cornerback and second-team all-conference punt returner. He was All- WAC on Phil Steele’s list and was named to SI.com’s All-America second-team as a punt returner.
Wilson had five interceptions (28th in the country), 10 pass breakups and 15 passes defended (18th in the nation). He helped Boise State win at Oregon ’s Autzen Stadium with two key interceptions. Wilson had 35 tackles, 26 unassisted. He returned 33 punts (ninth all-time) for 470 yards and a nation-leading three touchdowns, with his 14.2 average second in the WAC and 12th in the nation.
Kyle ranks fourth in school history with his 14.2 average punt return. Wilson ’s 90-yard TD return vs. Fresno State was the fourth longest in school history and his 79-yarder against Idaho ranks fifth. He also scored on a 71-yard return against New Mexico State . Wilson is fourth for the most return yards in a single game (136 vs. Fresno State ). Kyle was named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List as well as the All- WAC academic team.
Following the 2008-09 school year, Kyle was chosen as BroncoCountry’s Top Bronco Male Athlete of the Year.
Wilson was on the All- WAC second team as a sophomore, finishing the year with 41 tackles, eight pass breakups, two interceptions, two tackles for loss, one sack and a blocked kick. Kyle was on the All- WAC academic team that year as well.
In his first season as a redshirt freshman (2006), Wilson was named Honorable Mention Freshman All-America by The Sporting News. He started in five games and finished 10th on the team with 41 tackles, .5 for loss, with five pass breakups, one forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception. He had 10 tackles in Boise State ’s 43-42 win over Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl. He received He received All- WAC academic recognition as a freshman.
Congratulations Kyle on this tremendous honor! We couldn't be more proud of you, one of the best Broncos to ever wear the uniform! Best of luck in New York!!!