The Stanford Cardinal will be without two starting wide receivers against the Oeregon State Beavers on Saturday after Michael Wilson and Connor Wedington will miss the game due to undisclosed injuries. Head coach David Shaw confirmed the shortage of players on Tuesday from Corvallis, Oregon as the team is practicing ahead of the game against the Beavers.
Wilson leads the team with 19 catches for 255 yards and has one of the team’s three receiving touchdowns this season while Wedington has recorded 15 catches for 157 yards. Between the two of them, they currently consist of 46 targets of the team’s 136 pass attempts.
That opens the door for more potential work for wide receivers Simi Fehoko and Brycen Tremayne, each who have had their moments this season.
Fehoko is second on the team with 244 yards and tied with Wedington with 15 receptions. In fact, Fehoko has been the most-targeted receiver this fall with 28 passes coming his way.
Tremayne had a highlight-reel catch earlier in the year but has only been able to see eight passes his way, coming down with six catches for 119 yards.
Elijah Higgins will start outside with Tremayne while Fehoko will occupy the same position in the lineup. Higgins saw the most extensive work of his career a week ago, hauling in five catches for 37 yards.
“As hard as it is to see those two guys not play for us, that’s how excited I am to see Simi step up,” Shaw said. “You can tell when those two guys went down, it’s almost like he grew two inches.”
With Wedington and Wilson out now, that’s three of the team’s potential starting receivers who have been lost for portions of the season after Osirus St. Brown saw action in just a single game before being ruled out this year.
It’s a tough blow for the team who needs playmakers outside or just at pass-catcher in general, but for a team who can win in other ways (sure, why can’t Davis Mills run!), and for a team who has aggressively adapted this season, it’s just par for the course.