UW moves past Border War, prepares for Air Force

A new week and a new foe for Wyoming football to prepare for. The Cowboys (3-2 overall, 1-0 Mountain West) host Air Force (4-0, 1-0) at 1:30 p.m. Monday for homecoming.

Here is UW’s depth chart this week:

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The only change is true freshman Tyler Hall is listed as possible back up at the boundary cornerback spot with redshirt freshman Davion Freeman. Junior Rico Gafford remains the starter. Hall played in his first game last week at Colorado State. He finished with one tackle and one pass break up.

UW looked hard at Hall during fall camp, but he also was slowed with a hamstring injury. With the concussion issues junior Robert Priester has had, Hall got more looks in practice, and third-year coach Craig Bohl liked what he saw.

“We feel he has good athleticism that we can also use on special teams,” Bohl said. “I thought Colorado State went after him one time and he about had a pick. It’s encouraging for us to have another defensive back that we fell can play.”

I hope to have more on Hall later this week in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and online at wyosports.net.

Here is the link to Bohl’s news conference from Monday:

http://www.wyosports.net/university_of_wyoming/facebook-live-craig-bohl-s-oct-news-conference/article_0bce31e6-899c-11e6-afa7-3b17cfee4215.html

UW will be tested offensively against a stout Air Force defense that’s allowed 53 rushing yards per game, the second-best mark in the FBS this season.

Defensively, the Cowboys must prepare for Air Force’s triple-option offense, that has become quite multiple over the years. Getting a good look from the scout team is critical, and defensive coordinator Steve Stanard said adjusting to the speed of that offense come game time also is critical.

True freshman walk-on Ayden Eberhardt from Loveland, Colorado, gets the first shot of imitating Air Force senior quarterback Nate Romine for UW’s scout team this week. Eberhardt is a wide receiver for the Cowboys, but was an option quarterback in high school.

Chase Appleby

Chase Appleby

UW senior nose tackle Chase Appleby was a popular person during Monday’s interview session after his 55-yard interception return for a touchdown against Colorado State.

I asked Appleby what kind of reaction and feedback he’s received since his pick-six. “After game I had 74 notifications on Facebook, 40 tweets and 20-some text messages. I hear from people in high school I hadn’t heard from in six years. It was cool that my mom, dad and aunt were at the game to see it. My dad played football and always wanted to do that, but didn’t.”

Appleby’s dad, David, was a punter at Texas A&M from 1976-80.

Where does the Air Force rivalry with Wyoming rank to you? Is it up there with the Border War and Colorado State? Find out what the players think in Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and at wyosports.net.

UW also got a verbal commitment for its 2017 recruiting class. Here’s the link to find out who it is, and check out others guys the Cowboys are after.

http://www.wyosports.net/university_of_wyoming/football/uw-football-recruiting-tracker/article_552e9f42-e57d-11e5-ba82-a7733abfb3cc.html

2 thoughts on “UW moves past Border War, prepares for Air Force

  1. Living here in Colo Springs, I have attending this UW match up more than any other foe over the last decade. This game always seems to be close and a grind. Throw in the Christensen ‘Howdy Doody’ thing along with the departure of BYU and Utah from Wyoming’s schedule and Air Force has vaulted to a top rivalry for the Pokes…..and not just football either, the battles in men’s basketball have been pretty good with the Falcons since 2000.

  2. Air Force is up there, for sure. Without YBU and Utah they’re the #2 rival. I don’t like their coach.

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