The Wyoming football team has added another quarterback, but it will be a year before he is in the fold in terms of playing time.
Cameron Coffman, a 6-foot-2, 205-pounds, announced on his Twitter account Friday that he will transfer to UW from Indiana. Coffman was a junior at Indiana last season where he played in only three games and attempted nine passes. He has not graduated from Indiana, so he will have to sit out the 2014 season at UW to satisfy NCAA transfer rules and will be a redshirt senior in 2015.
In 2012, Coffman threw for 2,734 yards at Indiana, which was second in the Big Ten Conference for passing yards per game. He also had 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions that season.
Last season he was beat out by two other quarterbacks and attempted only nine passes in three games.
I spoke to two different sports reporters at the Bloomington Herald-Times Friday about Coffman, and both said Coffman was a good guy, handled the quarterback competition with class and thinks he will do good things at UW.
Coffman, who is from Peculiar, Missouri, attended Arizona Western Community College in Yuma, Arizona in 2011 where he threw for 2,244 yards with 21 touchdowns, six interceptions and completed 61.4 percent of his passes.
Coffman comes from a football family. His father, Paul, was a tight end in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers (1978-85) and Kansas City Chiefs (1986-87). His older brother, Chase, is a tight end with the Atlanta Falcons and started his NFL career with the Cincinnati Bengals. Chase played college football at Missouri.
UW has yet to confirm Coffman’s transfer, and phone messages left for him Friday by WyoSports were not returned.
Looking ahead to UW’s quarterback personnel for 2015, it would have juniors Tom Thornton and Aaron Young and sophomores Nick Smith and Austin Fort — assuming those two don’t redshirt as freshmen in 2014. Sam Stratton, a senior this season, could come back for another year if he receives an NCAA medical waiver for an extra season due to numerous injuries over his career.
For more on this story, see Saturday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.