Just got done talking to Wyoming football coach Dave Christensen for a season-ending analysis/look-ahead piece to run on Sunday.
The first question I asked was about sophomore quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels and if he is coming back next season. Rumors and speculation have swirled the last month or so that Carta-Samuels will transfer.
“He’s on the football team and 100 percent committed,” Christensen said. “He’s signed up for his lifting next semester. He’s been positive with me. He’s here. There’s no reason to believe that he’s leaving.”
Carta-Samuels wasn’t available for an interview for my Sunday story, and he won’t do any interviews for a while per Christensen’s request so he can concentrate on school and football.
Christensen said the same thing about sophomore safety Shamiel Gary, who missed the last two games of the season. Gary had a death in the family and didn’t travel to UW’s second-to-last game at UNLV. He returned to school and practice the following week for the Colorado State game. But even though he was in uniform for the game, he didn’t play.
“I didn’t feel like was mentally in tune to be able to go back into play,” he said. “He was at our team meeting (Wednesday), along with Austyn.”
Christensen has been meeting with players this week, and said the only one that won’t be back as of now is sophomore walk-on defensive tackle Eric Brooks. However, Christensen expects Brooks to be back for fall camp in August.
The only player that will miss spring drills due to injury is redshirt freshman defensive lineman Mark Willis, who is still recovering from knee surgery. Willis is expected to be ready for fall camp.
Junior linebacker Oliver Schober had some minor shoulder surgery and will be limited in contact during the spring.
Christensen anticipates some players switching positions heading into 2011. He and his staff will discuss that more later this month. The most notable one as of now is sophomore Ghaali Muhammad moving from linebacker to running back. Muhammad was a running back in high school, and returned kickoffs this past season.