UW’s offensive depth chart for Nebraska

Wyoming coach Dave Christensen will release his first depth chart of the season Monday.

But I thought I would take a shot of predicting how it will look now, starting with the offense. Look for the defense and special teams to come later this weekend. As always, I welcome your comments, thoughts and questions.



Brett Smith, Jr., 6-3, 206

Jason Thompson, So., 6-2, 206

Colby Kirkegaard, Sr., 6-3, 205

Tommy Thornton, Fr., 6-1, 205

Notes: There was never a doubt Smith would be the starter. In three fall camp scrimmages Smith was 39-55 for 553 yards with nine TDs and one INT. … Thompson also had a solid camp. He was 33-49 for 440 yards with four TDs and two INTs. … There was good competition at the No. 3 spot. I give Kirkegaard the edge based on his experience, but it would not surprise me if Thornton is No. 3 on Monday.

Running back

Brandon Miller, Sr., 6-0, 200

Omar Stover, Fr., 5-11, 198

Shaun Wick, So., 5-10, 204

Tedder Easton, Sr., 5-11, 247

Joshua Tapscott, Fr., 5-9, 200

Notes: No matter who starts, UW will play three or four running backs. Miller has looked good after he missed some time early in camp with an injury. UW likes Miller’s versatility as a runner and a receiver. … Wick led all the running backs with 153 yards on 17 carries in the three scrimmages. … Stover will play, and play a lot this season. … Tapscott had 18 carries for 107 yards in the three scrimmages. Don’t be surprised if he plays, too, but a redshirt year would benefit him. … Look for Easton to be used in short-yardage situations.

Wide receiver (going to list the top 12 as UW will play that many this season)

Robert Herron, Sr., 5-10, 187

Dominic Rufran, Jr., 6-0, 188

Jalen Claiborne, Jr., 5-9, 175

Trey Norman, Jr., 6-1, 175

Keenan Montgomery, Jr., 6-1, 180

Nico Brown, RFr., 6-3, 212

Jarrod Darden, Sr., 6-5, 220

Tanner Gentry, Fr., 6-2, 190

Eric Nzeocha, RFr., 6-3, 208

Justin Berger, Jr., 6-2, 209

Tanner Simpson, RFr., 6-2, 188

Jake Maulhardt, RFr., 6-6, 215

Notes: Rufran led all the receivers with 13 catches in the three scrimmages for 202 yards. … Herron had four catches for 100 yards and a TD in the final scrimmage. … Brown had the best performance in a single scrimmage with four catches for 103 yards in the first one on Aug. 11. … Gentry has moved his way up the depth chart from the start of camp and will play a lot. Fourteen different wide receiver caught passes in the three scrimmages.

Tight end

J.D. Krill, Jr., 6-6, 246

Spencer Bruce, Sr., 6-5, 225

Drew Van Maanen, Fr., 6-1, 238

Notes: Krill struggled with dropped passes in camp and Bruce is learning a new position. Not sure if we will see UW use the tight in as much in the passing game early this season as once expected. However, look for it in the run game. … Van Maanen is a walk-on from Parker, Colo.

Offensive line

Right tackle

Connor Rains, RJr., 6-7, 318

Austin Traphagan, So., 6-5, 308

Right guard

Jake Jones, So., 6-3, 295

Chase Roullier, RFr., 6-4, 293


Albert Perez, Jr., 6-1, 285

Rafe Kiely, So., 6-3, 299

Left guard

Tyler Strong, Sr., 6-3, 312

Kurtis Stirneman, Fr., 6-5, 270

Left tackle

Walker Madden, RJr., 6-9, 297

Nathan Leddige, RFr., 6-5, 289

Notes: The starters listed were the starters heading into fall camp, and that group took nearly every snap together during camp. … Traphagan is the most experienced backup at this point. … Perez arrived just prior to fall camp from junior-college, but appears to be adapting well and is clearly the best UW has at center at this point. … Madden added 17 pounds since the end of spring drills.