Wyoming’s first depth chart of the season for Saturday’s game at Nebraska came out Monday, and there were not a lot of surprises.
Eight first-year players are projected to start — three true freshmen, one redshirt freshmen, two redshirt juniors and two junior-college transfers. Here are some notable items from Monday’s depth chart:
–True freshman receiver Tanner Gentry will start at one of the four receiver spots. Gentry rapidly climbed up the depth chart throughout fall camp. He beat out junior Trey Norman.
–Senior Robert Herron, juniors Dominic Rufran and Jalen Claiborne are the other starting receivers. Others listed on the depth chart this week are redshirt freshmen Eric Nzeocha, Nico Brown, Trent Sewell, Tanner Simpson and Jake Maulhardt; senior Jarrod Darden (a transfer from Colorado), and juniors Keenan Montgomery, Norman and Justin Berger.
–Junior-college transfer Tyran Finley will start at cornerback opposite of junior Blair Burns. Not a surprise there since the injury to junior DeAndre Jones midway through camp.
–Three of the four backups at the cornerback and safety positions are manned by guys who have never played a game at UW. True freshman Tim Hayes is behind Burns at one cornerback spot. Redshirt freshman Cortland Fort, who has gone back and forth from cornerback and safety, is behind Finley. True freshman Xavier Lewis is the backup at strong safety behind junior Darrenn White. Jones, who was the starter at cornerback when fall camp started before he was injured, is the backup for senior Marqueston Huff at free safety.
–Senior Spencer Bruce is listed as the starter at tight end. Junior-college transfer J.D. Krill, who figured to be the starter, was not listed on the depth chart. Christensen said Krill would probably be available this week, despite suffering what looked to be a foot injury at a practice in Cheyenne last Saturday.
–True freshman quarterback Tommy Thornton is No. 3 as he moved ahead of senior Colby Kirkegaard.
–Redshirt freshman defensive lineman Uso Olive is listed as a backup behind sophomore Eddie Yarbrough at defensive end. At 6-1, 293, not sure if Olive fits in well at defensive end. However, UW will be multiple in its formations this season so there will be times Olive may be lined up more like a defensive end.
–Freshman walk-on Ethan Wood is listed as the starting punter, but the competition between him and junior kicker Stuart Williams will continue this week.
–UW’s pecking order at running back is senior Brandon Miller, sophomore Shaun Wick, true freshman Omar Stover and senior Tedder Easton. Don’t be surprised if all four play at Nebraska.
A couple of interesting quotes from Nebraska today.
Coach Bo Pelini on the Huskers opening the season with five consecutive home games: “I am trying to get 12 of them so I can always sleep in my own bed on Friday nights.”
Senior quarterback Taylor Martinez on his offensive lines: “This is going to be one of Nebraska’s best offensive lines.”
Pretty bold statement there.
For more on UW’s opener at Nebraska Saturday, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.