AS THE TOP-RANKED TEAM IN THE COUNTRY, THERE'S NO
DOUBT THAT EASTERN WASHINGTON IS LOADED WITH TALENT
- ESPECIALLY AT WIDE RECEIVER.
BUT THEY'VE BEEN GOOD AT THAT SPOT FOR A LONG TIME.
COOPER KUPP HAD A BREAK-OUT YEAR IN 2013, AND AS TOM
GILES TELLS US TONIGHT, KENDRICK BOURNE COULD BE THE
NEXT RECEIVER TO BURST ONTO THE SCENE.
TOM GILES: PLAYING BEHIND A DEEP RECEIVING CORPS,
KENDRICK BOURNE SAW LIMITED TIME AS A TRUE FRESHMAN
CATCHING JUST SEVEN PASSES, BUT SHOWED AN ABILITY
TO MAKE EXPLOSIVE PLAYS.
He's kind of that receiver that can give you a little
He can take a screen or a short one and rack it, he
can go down and make the big play.
GILES: THE PORTLAND NATIVE ALREADY FEELS A LOT MORE
COMFORTABLE IN FALL CAMP THAN HE DID JUST A FEW MONTHS
AGO, ALLOWING HIM TO BE ANOTHER WEAPON FOR QUARTERBACK
Compared to that spring, it's been better.
I know the playbook more, I know the plays, so now
it's about just making the play, that makes it more
fun, the game's slowed down for me and that's why
things have been going better for me.
He has all the tools, the right work ethic, and his
strides from spring till now have been really strong.
GILES: AND HIS TEAMMATES AGREE - KB, AS THEY CALL
HIM, IS POISED TO MAKE AN IMPACT.
He's been outstanding.
He's a great young player, has a great future ahead
That's somebody you're going to have to watch out
for, you know.
He's good - he works hard, he's talented.
Yeah, he's going to break-out this year for sure.
GILES: ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES FOR KENDRICK
WILL BE ESTABLISHING HIS ROLE, AS ONCE AGAIN, HE HAS
A TALENTED GROUP OF WIDEOUTS TO COMPETE WITH.
Honestly if I can start, that would be awesome, but
I'm a team player - whatever coach wants me to do
- second string? I'm going to be there for my team.
If starters need a break, I'm going to come in and
do my job - make plays.
GILES: AS GOOD AS HE'S BEEN, HEAD COACH BEAU BALDWIN
BELIEVES BOURNE CAN BE EVEN BETTER IF HE CAN CONSISTENTLY
MAKE THE NEXT PLAY.
That's the next evolution for me for Kendrick, is
can he show that he can be on the field for 70 or
80 snaps in a ballgame, which he hard to do at the
receiver position in a no-huddle offense.