It’s been three months since Wyoming football played its last game, but football returns to UW starting Tuesday with the first of 15 spring practices.
The Cowboys must replace junior running back Brian Hill, who left UW after his junior year to try his hand a pro football. Hill was UW’s career-leader in rushing yards (4,287) and rushing touchdowns (35).
The top four guys — in alphabetical order — to watch this spring are junior Nico Evans (5-9, 205), redshirt freshman Mike Green (5-11, 205), sophomore Milo Hall (5-8, 190) and redshirt sophomore Kellen Overstreet (5-11, 215).
“Each one of them is unique,” UW running backs coach Mike Bath said. “Nico physically looks good. He’s strong and works his rear end off. I think he can be a Shaun Wick type of guy, which is positive. He’s smart, reliable and understands hat we want to get accomplished.
“Kellen is an unknown because we have not seen him for a year (due to knee and shoulder surgeries), but he did a good enough job as freshman (in 2015) to earn playing time. He’s athletic, has good hands, good running ability that he showed as a freshman. We will see how the last calendar year has changed that overall. Milo has done a good job and is progressing. We don’t know what type of player he can be in this offense. Mike Green is an unknown, too. He came in really raw, but has grown up and matured on and off the field. He showed some flashes in some scrimmages late last season. He’s got really good running ability. Between the tackles he sees things.”
Bath also likes sophomore walk-on Garrett Gardner, but said he likely won’t do much — if anything — this spring coming off a shoulder injury.
For more on UW’s running backs, including how Overstreet has overcome his knee and shoulder injuries, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, or log on to wyosports.net.
Here are links to my stories that ran Sunday on all three platforms on the five things to watch this spring for UW football, and on the move from outside linebacker to middle linebacker for sophomore linebacker Logan Wilson of Casper. Note: As many of you know, wyosports.net has gone to a hard pay wall. The subscription fees are minimal, but the five things to watch story is free.