Cowboys release depth chart for opener vs. Northern Illinois

We’re finally in game-week mode for Wyoming football, and that means the first depth chart of the regular season.

Instead of just listing names, here is a photo of the first depth chart.

Wyoming football depth chart vs. Northern Illinois

Wyoming football depth chart vs. Northern Illinois

Not a lot of big surprises here. Perhaps the biggest is redshirt freshman walk-on Josiah Hall starting at one defensive end spot over sophomore Kevin Prosser. Both will play, but Hall gives UW a little more size at 237 pounds. Prosser is 215. Third-year UW coach Craig Bohl said: “It’s not a knock on Prosser, but more of a compliment to Hall.”

To me, it was good to see junior Rico Gafford win the starting job at the boundary cornerback spot. The junior college transfer beat out redshirt freshman Davion Freeman. Gafford brings more experience to the position. He signed with UW in December and was supposed to enroll in January. However, a mix up with a class transfer from junior college forced him to be away from all team activities until the summer.

It also was nice to see another junior college transfer — junior defensive end Nela Lolohea — get in the two-deep behind sophomore Carl Granderson. UW doesn’t recruit a lot of junior college transfers, but when it does it needs them to produce. Gafford and Lolohea look to get their chances.

Anything on this first depth chart surprise you? Let me know your thoughts.

Monday marked the first day of game-week mode for the Cowboys, but it also was the first day of classes for all students at UW. I asked a few of the players about their upcoming semester in the classroom.

Marcus Epps

Marcus Epps

–Sophomore starting strong safety Marcus Epps: “I’m taking 13 (credit) hours. My Spanish class kind of intrigues me and scares me at the same time having to learn a new language.”

–Senior starting middle linebacker Lucas Wacha: “I’m taking 16 hours, but I have a couple of independent study classes. I have a statistics class that’s a tough one.”

–Senior starting tight end Jacob Hollister: “I have 15 hours, which is a lot but I have to graduate this fall. My managerial accounting class scares me.”

–Redshirt sophomore starting quarterback Josh Allen: “13 hours for me, and none of my classes seem too difficult. I’m looking forward to Spanish. I took that two years in high school, and I’m from a town (Firebaugh, California) that’s predominantly Spanish.”

–Senior starting wide receiver Tanner Gentry: “I’m taking an astronomy class. I’m a kinesiology major so that’s not my specialty.”

See Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net for more UW football coverage and more about the Northern Illinois Huskies.