Wyoming’s defense has allowed seven 100-yard rushers this season, and one 200-yard performance by San Diego State’s Ronnie Hillman.
It faces another quality running back in Saturday’s Border War game with Colorado State in sophomore Chris Nwoke, who ran for 269 yards and two touchdowns in the Rams’ loss to Air Force last Saturday.
“Nwoke is a physical runner and they’re blocking well up front,” coach Dave Christensen said during his Monday news conference. “We need to have guys in position and wrap up. If we don’t he’s going to get a lot of yards. … “He runs down hill, he runs guys over and he has good speed. We need to force him to bounce to other guys.”
UW also plans to prepare to see CSU true freshman quarterback Garrett Grayson, who has started the last two games for injured sophomore Pete Thomas. Grayson is more of a run threat than Thomas.
Some other news and notes from Monday’s interview session with players and coaches:
–Christensen said he would like to see more of his receivers be more productive, especially sophomore Robert Herron who didn’t play much at Boise State due to being sore last week in practice. Christensen expects Herron to be healthier for CSU. Herron is one of UW’s best big-play threats and needs to bust some big plays Saturday.
–UW will wear brown helmets, gold jerseys and brown pants at CSU. Christensen said it got permission from the Mountain West and CSU to do that. Don’t know what CSU will be wearing. If it wears its throw-back orange jerseys, there will be a unique color scheme on the field.
–Senior punter Austin McCoy earned MW Special Teams Player of the Week honors, the third of his career and first this season.
–Team captains this week are senior linebacker Brian Hendricks and senior offensive tackle Clayton Kirven.
–No injuries or depth chart changes to report.
Got some good stories planned for this week’s Border War. Be sure to read the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang. See the blog now for a video interview with redshirt freshman Sam Stratton as he talks about his “Wild Sam” offense.