After his weekly news conference Monday, third-year Wyoming football coach Craig Bohl told UW’s sports information staff to tell the players to only talk about the Cowboys’ next
game at New Mexico Saturday. Bohl didn’t want any talk about a potential Mountain West Championship Game. He wants his team focused only on New Mexico, and the mantra the team has had all season — going 1-0 for the week.
UW (8-3 overall, 6-1 MW) can win the Mountain Division title with a win at New Mexico Saturday, and that win should enable it to host the MW Championship Game against San Diego State on Dec. 3. UW can win the division with a loss and a Boise State loss Friday at Air Force. If Boise State wins and UW loses, Boise State is the division champ.
I normally post the depth chart for the week, but for some reason the photo of it came out blurry so I won’t bother.
Unfortunately, UW won’t have senior nose tackle Chase Appleby. Bohl said he’s likely done for the season with a torn MCL in his right knee that he sustained in the first half last Saturday against San Diego State. Appleby did interviews with he media Monday and had a large brace around the knee. I could tell he was getting pretty emotional when talking about missing the rest of the season. Tough break for a great guy, and who has been a great player on the field this season.
Sophomore Conner Cain will start in place of Appleby. UW also hopes to get sophomore Sidney Malauulu (foot) back. Bohl was hopeful, but much will be determined this week in practice. Redshirt freshman Youhanna Ghaifan will start at defensive tackle. We may also see a little more from junior Dalton Fields this week.
Other than that, there were no changes to UW’s depth chart. Bohl said redshirt freshman defensive end Josiah Hall, who left the San Diego State game with a head injury, is probable. He was listed as a starter on the depth chart.
A few notes on New Mexico:
— Despite its 49-31 loss at Colorado State last week, the Lobos are 11-5 in their last 16 MW games. Their two MW losses have been by 28 points to Boise State and 18 to Colorado State. However, the score against Colorado State was not indicative of the dominance the Rams displayed.
— New Mexico leads the nation in rushing (342 yards per game), and senior running back Teriyon Gipson leads in yards per carry (8.41). Gipson is the younger brother of former UW defensive backs Tashaun and Marcel Gipson. Teriyon is the Lobos’ leading rusher this season with over 1,000 yards. UW did offer Tyeriyon a scholarship.
— According to Rick Wright of the Albuquerque Journal, New Mexico senior nose guard William Udeh suffered a lower leg injury what could be serious lower leg injury against Colorado State.
For more UW-New Mexico coverage throughout the week, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang and log on to wyosports.net.