Roullier, UW offensive line off to solid start this season

The Wyoming offensive line is off to a solid start through three games of the 2016 season.

Chase Roullier

Chase Roullier

The Cowboys have averaged 216 rushing and 210 passing yards per game, and they’ve allowed just one quarterback sack.

There was some concern prior to the season when UW moved senior all-conference guard Chase Roullier to center, and put in true freshman Gavin Rush at left guard. To say the line play has been perfect would be false, but to say it’s been a weakness would be, too.

UW has started and played the same five guys through the first three games. Along with Roullier and Rush, there is sophomore Zach Wallace (left tackle), sophomore Kaden Jackson (right guard) and junior Ryan Cummings (right tackle).

“Things have gone really well,” Roullier said. “Most of the guys have at least a full year of experience, and that’s really helped us out.”

As for the move from guard to center, Roullier said there’s been some adjustments.

“The biggest thing I had to work on is how much closer I am to the defenders,” he said. “It’s a small thing, but there are little changes in my steps to get in the right postion to block when defenders are that close.”

Josh Allen

Josh Allen

Along with solid pass protection from the line, another factor in only one sack allowed for UW is redshirt sophomore quarterback Josh Allen and his ability to run. Allen is second on the team with 96 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

It’s not just Allen’s ability to run, but how he can elude pass rushers and move around in the pocket if things break down.

“It is easier (to pass block for a dual threat quarterback). You start out blocking the same way, but when you know your quarterback and run and maneuver around, you can continue to block through and know Josh can make something happen,” Roullier said.

“With a pocket passer, if you’re screwed if you lose your guy most of the time. (Josh) allows all of us to block better.”

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