Wilkins' TD was a long time coming, for all concerned.
"Craig has a lot of ability, got a lot of upside. We see his future as being the sky is the limit," Herd offensive coordinator Bill Legg said. "He's a kid that's not afraid to work. His thing is he's had a lot of setbacks from injuries that have limited his play at times.
"Otherwise, that would not have been his first touchdown in a game. That would have come a long time ago."
The confidence in a wide range of pass-catchers is what coach Doc Holliday and Legg had in mind when they came to Marshall for the 2010 season. That's part of what has allowed the Herd to snap the ball 90-plus times a game this season.
It isn't all about filling in for injuries.
"We need all of them, even if [Wilson's] not sitting down," Legg said. "When you're attempting to run as many snaps as we've been running, one guy can't play the whole game, especially at a skill position and especially at a wide receiver position, because every play is a dash. Sometimes it's a 10-yard dash, sometimes it's a 20-yard dash, sometimes it's a 40-yard dash. The whole game's a sprint.
"You can't expect any skill kids to go out there and sprint full-speed, and fatigue not set in, 98 times, which is how many times we snapped the ball last Saturday."
Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130 or dougsm...@wvgazette.com.