Media Monday: It’s Border War week

After playing four of its last six games on the road, Wyoming returns home this week for its annual Border War game with Colorado State at 1 p.m. Saturday in Laramie.

Here is coach Craig Bohl talking about that and several other things about this week’s game.

From what Bohl said, looks like we will have to wait until later in the week to see if redshirt senior quarterback Cameron Coffman will play. He’s still nursing a right shoulder injury that kept him out of last week’s game at Utah State.

Here’s what Coffman had to say on his health status Monday.

What’s always fun with this game is the ties many of the UW players have to Colorado State.

Senior defensive end Eddie Yarbrough’s uncle, Raymond Jackson, was a defensive back for Colorado State and played in the NFL for Buffalo and Cleveland from 1996-2001. Yarbrough is from Aurora, Colorado.

True freshman free safety Andrew Wingard and Colorado State sophomore defensive tackle Jakob Buys were high school teammates at Ralston Valley High in Arvada, Colorado. Buys was a fullback and blocked for Wingard when he was a sophomore. Wingard and Rams freshman wide receiver Olabisi Johnson were hurdling rivals in high school. Johnson went to Bear Creek High in Lakewood, Colorado.

Even players for both teams from different states have seen their paths crossed.

Jake Maulhardt

Jake Maulhardt

UW junior wide receiver Jake Maulhardt and Colorado State senior safety Nick Januska played against each other while in high school in southern California, and have the last two years as college players.

Speaking of Maulhardt, his seven touchdown catches in nine games ties him for 14th in the country in the FBS. When I asked him about that Monday, he didn’t know about it until I tweeted it out Sunday afternoon. He also said he cares more about winning games than individual accolades.

There are a lot of stories like this, and I will try and share more as the week goes on.

One thing I found interesting in talking to a lot of the UW players from Colorado was many of them were not offered a scholarship by Colorado State. Guys like Wingard, sophomore tackle Ryan Cummings and junior wide receiver Tanner Gentry. I get the sense many of UW’s Colorado products have a chip on their shoulder this week.

Unfortunately, Gentry will miss his third straight game with a shoulder injury.

Also, I got the impression that a win over Colorado State would help in easing the pain of a tough season for the Cowboys. Many fans say if UW wins just one game, make sure it is against Colorado State. Cummings said this game is kind of like UW’s championship or bowl game. The opportunity to bring back the Bronze Boot traveling trophy to Laramie seems like a pretty powerful motivation this week.

Brian Hill

Brian Hill

Sophomore running back Brian Hill is second in the FBS with 1,262 yards. This is what Bohl said about him Monday: “We have one of the best running backs in America, and I firmly believe that.”

Lastly, what are some of your most memorable Border War moments — good or bad? Would love to hear them, and would also like to get enough to have a separate post on this blog about them.

For more UW football coverage, along with a UW men’s basketball story coming off its closed scrimmage at Nebraska last Saturday, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang and log on to wyosports.net.