Receivers catching on for Cowboys

Among Wyoming’s top five receivers, senior Chris McNeill leads the way with 56 catches for 629 yards.

The fifth guy (in terms of catches) is junior Robert Herron with 18. But he’s missed four games due to injury, but he’s averaged a touchdown catch a game. Or, one in every three catches is for a touchdown.

UW’s top five receivers have combined for 168 of the team’s 205 catches, 2,179 of the 2,513 yards and 21 of the 24 touchdowns from the passing game this season.

Those guys and their stats:

Player                                     Rec         Yds        Ave      TD

Chris McNeill                        56           629       11.2     3

Dominic Rufran                   34           468       13.8     5

Jalen Claiborne                   31            406      13.1      5

Brandon Miller                    29            311      10.7      2

Robert Herron                    18             375     20.8      6

Some other notes on these guys:

–Herron has touchdown catches of 81 and 82 yards, and McNeill has one of 80 yards.

–McNeill is 77 yards shy of having the most receiving yards in a single season since Jovon Bouknight had 1,116 in 2005.

–Claiborne also is returning kickoffs and splitting time with sophomore cornerback Blair Burns returning punts.

–Rufran already has more receiving yards and touchdowns this season than he did in 13 games last season (402) and (2).

–Miller can play receiver, running back and now is returning kickoffs with Claiborne.

“We’re probably as strong at receiver right now as we’ve been since I’ve been here,” Christensen said. “Nice thing about all those different players getting touchdowns and catching the ball is that we’re spreading it out. That makes it more difficult to defend, especially in this spread offense.”

Christensen also likes three freshmen he’s redshirting this season: Nico Brown (6-3, 200), Eric Nzeocha (6-1, 200) and Trent Sewell (6-2, 197).

“They are going to be bigger and more physical receivers  than we have now,” Christensen said. “I think we’re finally getting the type of personnel we want at that position. I’m pleased at now, but it could be even stronger next year.”

See Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and go to www.wyosports.net for more UW football coverage. There you will find out why the Cowboys continue to give up big plays on defense, the latest injury news and why the team ran for only 55 yards in its 28-23 win at New Mexico last Saturday.