Injuries, player turnover mounts for Cowboys

This month can’t end fast enough for the Wyoming football team.

For the third consecutive week, UW lost a critical player to a torn anterior cruciate ligament. When the Cowboys play at Fresno State Saturday night it will be without five starters on defense who held those roles at the start of the season. They also will be without their top two running backs.

I could list all the bad news, but I will let coach Craig Bohl tell you here in this video from his weekly news conference.

What Bohl didn’t mention in the news conference was that senior cornerback DeAndre Jones and sophomore left tackle Nathan Leddige left the program Monday for personal reasons. UW announced that after the news conference.

Those announcements are always vague, and I don’t like to speculate on the reasons why. However, Leddige had concussion issues. He suffered two since fall camp started, and the second came right before the Sept. 27 game at Michigan State. He had not played since then. The longer he didn’t play, the more likely he wasn’t going to the rest of this season — and perhaps ever.

Jones started UW’s first seven games, and even though he suffered a concussion against San Jose State on Oct, 18, he played sparingly in the Cowboys’ 45-31 loss at Colorado State last week. True freshman Robert Priester was listed as the starter this week. I hope Jones does not have any health issues that caused him to make his decision.

These last four games are going to be interesting for UW. Interesting in who will it play week-to-week if all these injuries keep occurring. Interesting to see how some young and untested players perform in new roles. Interesting to see if the team can simply be competitive.

For more on UW’s injury situation, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to