The bye week is over, and it’s back to game preparations for Wyoming as it plays at Nevada Saturday night.
UW got some extra work in last week against Nevada during its bye week. Third-year coach Craig Bohl said last Thursday’s practice wasn’t good, but liked how his team came back on Saturday. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Josh Allen said that practice was one of the best the team’s had all season.
Here is UW’s depth chart heading into the Nevada game:
Not a lot of changes/surprises to the depth chart. Junior Nela Lolohea will start in place of sophomore Carl Granderson at one defensive end spot. Granderson suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first quarter of UW’s 35-26 home win over Air Force Oct. 8. Granderson will undergo surgery Wednesday, Bohl said.
I will have more on the interesting story of Lolohea later in the week in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and also online at wyosports.net.
Who plays behind Lolohea is still a bit uncertain. Senior Adam Kinder is listed as the backup. He’s played in one game in his entire UW career. UW is still looking at true freshman Shiloh Windsor as well.
The only other change to the depth chart has true freshman Tyler Hall as the backup at the boundary cornerback spot behind junior Rico Gafford. Hall was listed as “or” in terms of the backup there with redshirt freshman Davion Freeman.
For the first half of the season, sophomore Antonio Hull or junior Robert Priester were listed as “or” as the starter at the other cornerback spot. Hull has started all of UW’s first six games, and has three interceptions. UW took the “or” off of the depth chart this week.
Bohl said UW is healthy — other than with Granderson’s injury — heading into the week.
Bohl used the words dynamic, outstanding and rabid to describe certain aspects of Nevada Monday. He said junior running back James Butler is dynamic. Butler is fourth in the Mountain West with 117.4 rushing yards per game. Bohl said senior quarterback Tyler Stewart is outstanding. Stewart went into last week’s game at San Jose State with just one interception, but threw two against the Spartans in a 14-10 Nevada loss. That was only the second time 21 starts Stewart threw multiple interceptions in a game. And, Bohl used rabid to describe Nevada’s fans and its home field advantage. The Wolf Pack is 3-0 at home and 0-4 on the road this season.
So what did some UW players do with their free time during the bye week?
Allen said he hung out with his 9-month old black lap puppy, Sasha, and also came over to Cheyenne with some teammates to shop and hang out. Sophomore strong safety Marcus Epps said he watched some TV, rested and played video games with teammates.
Both said they feel some positive vibes on campus, in the community and even around the state with their 4-2 start and 2-0 mark in the MW.
“It’s fun to walk in a few stores with teammates and have people come out to you and say congratulations and good job so far this season,” Allen said. “It’s nice to have that kind of support, and its definitely motivation for us moving forward. We’ve exceeded expectations from a lot of people so far, but I’ve always had the mindset that we are a good football team and I continue to have that. I don’t expect anything for us to change this week. We’re out to go 1-0.”