Last week, Wyoming redshirt sophomore quarterback Josh Allen’s 27-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Tanner Gentry in the fourth quarter against then No. 13 Boise
State was his most memorable throw. In fact, Allen told me Monday that at the time, that throw was “the best I’ve made in my life.”
Fast-forward to a week later and Allen has new one.
Allen said the 46-yard touchdown pass he threw to Gentry late in the first half of the Cowboys’ 52-28 win over Utah State moved to the top of his list. Allen scrambled to his left, and the right-hander threw a dart to Gentry who was able to drag his feet in bounds.
“That was a tough throw to make. Maybe nine times out of 10 I don’t make it, but it only needed to be made once,” Allen said.
Allen threw four touchdown passes and ran for a fifth against Utah State. He was named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. Redshirt freshman outside linebacker Logan Wilson was named the MW Defensive Player of the Week. It is the second straight week UW has had the MW Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week. Last week it was senior tight end Jacob Hollister and senior nose tackle Chase Appleby.
It also is the third consecutive week UW has had the MW Offensive Player of the Week. On Oct. 24 junior running back Brian Hill got it.
For the second straight week, Allen is up for the Manning Star of the Week Award. Fans can vote in this one online on Facebook through 10 a.m. MT Thursday. Here’s the link:
Not much change to UW’s depth chart this week at it plays at UNLV Saturday. Third-year coach Craig Bohl said true freshman defensive end Shiloh Windsor (concussion) will be available. He wasn’t in uniform against Utah State. Bohl also said junior safety/nickel Jalen Ortiz should also play. Ortiz left the Utah State game early with an injury.
Here is UW’s depth chart for the UNLV game.
Got some fun stuff planned story-wise this week in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and also at wyosports.net.
See Tuesday’s platforms on why this past weekend was special for UW sophomore strong safety Marcus Epps. Chavez Pownell Jr., a sophomore safety, stepped up big when his number was called last week. I will have more on Allen and his ability to throw on the run, and why has UW been so good on third down in recent weeks?
Plus, the weekly Saturday feature is a good one, but I don’t want to give too much away. However, it is on a former UW player who is now helping the team as a coach.