RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Richmond Spiders had to rally from 17 points down Saturday to defeat North Dakota and advance in the FCS Playoffs. The play that got Richmond over the hump was a beautiful 54-yard completion between two sophomores.
Kevin Johnson threw one up for Tyler Wilkins, and Wilkins made a play. The catch put Richmond in position for a game-winning field goal from Griffin Trau just a few plays later as time expired.
Hermitage grad Brian Brown is the unquestioned number one receiver in the Spiders’ arsenal. As far as records go, Brown is the greatest receiver to ever put on a Spider uniform. Behind Brown, however, there is a stable of talent like Wilkins that is making plays on a weekly basis.
Through 13 games Wilkins has 38 catches for 549 yards, good enough for second on the team. He has also caught four touchdowns, which ranks third for the Spiders.
Before coming to U of R, Wilkins was a two-way star for the L.C. Bird Skyhawks and was a part of back-to-back-to-back state championships, the only three state titles in the school’s history. It looks like that mighty achievement will not be the peak for this budding star.