Former high school teammates reunite this week

Wyoming junior receiver Robert Herron is back, and should play in his first game since the opener at Texas when the Cowboys begin Mountain West play at Nevada Saturday.

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But what I found interesting was what Herron told me after my interview with him.

One of Herron’s high school teammates at Dorsey High in Los Angeles was Charles Garrett, who happens to be a sophomore starting cornerback at Nevada. Herron said both have been texting and talking to each other this week. It will be interesting to see if Herron actually draws Garrett in pass coverage.

Some other news and notes from UW’s Monday interview session with players and coaches:

–Coach Dave Christensen said all players, other than those already out with season-ending injuries, will play this week.

–Wyoming is 117th out of 120 FBS teams against the run, and Nevada has the fourth-best rushing offense. That doesn’t bode well for the Cowboys. Heard a lot of players and coaches talk about being assignment and gap sound, and also being better tacklers. Where have we heard that before?

–No major depth chart surprises. Junior Brandon Miller is slated to make his fourth start in five games at running back. After Miller is true freshmen Shaun Wick and D.J. May — in that order. Redshirt freshman Eddie Yarbrough is listed as a starter over senior Miraldo Michel, who missed the Idaho game with an injury but should play this week. At middle linebacker, there is an ‘OR” at starter between true freshman Siaosi Hala’api’api and senior Oliver Schober.

–UW faces two of the top four rushing teams in its next two games. After Nevada the Cowboys host Air Force, which currently leads the nation at 396.3 yards per game.

–For the second straight week, UW defensive coordinator Chris Tormey faces a school he used to be the head coach at. Sept. 22 it was Idaho, where he was a player, assistant coach and head coach. After being Idaho’s head coach from 1995-99, he was Nevada’s head coach from 2000-03.

–The UW-Nevada game features two of the Mountain West’s better quarterbacks in the Cowboys’ Brett Smith and the Wolf Pack’s Cody Fajardo. Both have a lot in common — one being both are sophomores and were Freshmen of the Year in their leagues last year (Fajardo in the WAC). Check back to the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Laramie Boomerang and for more on that.