The first day of summer is upon us, and it’s that time of year when many sports fans are counting the days until football season — more specifically college football season.
Many of the preseason college football publications are out there, and as you probably can imagine, junior running back Brian Hill is getting a lot of attention.
Lindy’s college football preview magazine lists Hill as the 18th-best running back in the country. Twenty-five running backs were ranked, and two other running backs in the Mountain West were ranked ahead of Hill — San Diego State senior Donnel Pumphrey was eighth and Boise State junior Jeremy McNichols was 17th.
Long-time Denver Post sports writer Natalie Meisler did the MW previews for Lindy’s, and has been for while. She picked the Cowboys to finish third in the Mountain Division, behind Boise State and Air Force. She said UW is a “dark horse special contingent on rapid maturation of young participants.”
Hill, senior offensive guard Chase Roullier and sophomore safety Andrew Wingard were named to the preseason First Team All-MW by Lindy’s. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Josh Allen was voted as the quarterback with the strongest arm, and Hill was picked as the guy toughest to bring down.
Athlon Sports wasn’t as kind to UW. It picked the Cowboys to finish last, and also had its 2016 recruiting class 12th out of 12 teams. It had the Cowboys’ running backs ranked second, and its wide receivers/tights ends fourth. But it ranked its quarterbacks and defensive line 12th and its defensive backs 10th.
Hill, Roullier and Wingard earned preseason First Team All-MW honors. senior Tanner Gentry was voted to the second team as a wide receiver and punt returner. Senior D.J.
May made the second team as a kickoff returner. Senior linebacker Lucas Wacha and sophomore defensive end Carl Granderson made the third team, and sophomore offensive tackle Zach Wallace was a fourth team pick.
Some full disclosure here. I did the UW team preview for Athlon, and listed players who I thought should be considered for all-conference honors. I did not do the predicted order of finish, unit rankings or recruiting analysis.
What do you think, folks? Did these preseason publications get it right about the Cowboys and some of their individual players, or were they way off? Let me know what you think.
UW players are in Laramie for summer workouts, and the newcomers started to arrive this past week. Coaches have been busy with camps and recruiting. For more on UW’s 2017 football recruiting class, go to wyosports.net and check out the 2017 football recruiting tracker which has updates on players UW has offered and links to video highlights of the targets the team is after.