VIDEO: Bohl, Allen talk at MW Media Summit

Wyoming and the other five Mountain West Mountain Division teams took center stage Wednesday at the MW Media Summit in Las Vegas.

Here are some interviews I shot of UW junior quarterback Josh Allen and fourth-year coach Craig Bohl.

Here’s Allen:

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How I voted in the preseason All-MW football team

The annual Mountain West “Media Summit” kicked off Tuesday at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Simply put, it’s MW football media days. The league just gave it a fancy new name.

The preseason All-MW team and predicted order of finish was announced Tuesday morning. Both were voted by selected media, including myself.

Here’s how the voting turned out:

2017 Preseason All-MW Football Team

Offense

QB: Josh Allen**, jr., Wyoming

WR: Michael Gallup*, sr., Colorado State; Devonte Boyd, sr., UNLV

RB: Rashaad Penny, sr., San Diego State*; Tyrone Owens, jr., New Mexico

OL: Jake Bennett**, sr., Colorado State; Austin Corbett**, sr., Nevada, Dejon Allen**, sr., Hawaii, Aaron Jenkins, jr., New Mexico; Mason Hampton, sr., Boise State.

TE: David Wells**, sr., San Diego State

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Many college bowls and smaller postseason hoops tournaments – what’s the difference?

Answer this question for me: Why is the perception or vibe of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) generally negative among most fans, yet in college football most teams are celebrated when they get bowl bids to such games as the — and I’m just throwing out a few names here — the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Belk Bowl and Dollar General Bowl?

Not including the College Football Playoff semifinals and championship game, there were 38 bowl games for the 2016 seasons. That’s 76 teams out of close to 130 in the Football Bowl Subdivision. A good number of .500 teams, and even below .500 teams, have gone to bowl games in recent years to fill those slots.

Throw in the CFP teams, and about 61 percent of FBS teams play in postseason bowls in 2016, and over the last five years or so.

There are 351 Division I college basketball teams. This year, 132 made one of four postseason tournaments, which equates to 37.6 percent.

Tournaments like the CBI and CIT don’t hold the same prominence or clout as the NCAA Tournament or the NIT, and probably never will. But most college bowl games don’t hold the interest level compared to the CFP games or the bigger bowls such as the Rose Bowl.

But when you break it down, what is the difference between going to a lesser-than bowl in football and playing in a postseason basketball tournament like the CBI?

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Recruiting rankings can be highly overrated

Another recruiting class is in the books for Wyoming football as the Cowboys signed 24 players Wednesday.

In 20-plus years of covering UW sports, I’ve never heard a coach have a bad thing to say about their recruiting classes — no matter the sport and no matter the coach. Can you imagine what it would be like to have a coach say: “This class is OK, not great, but OK,” or “We didn’t sign a very good class.”

One big thing a lot of people — and the media – looks at in recruiting classes is the number of stars by their names given out by the numerous online recruiting websites like rivals.com, 247sports, scout.com — just to name a few.

Those of you who follow UW football and know UW football know that these national outlets normally don’t think highly of the Cowboys’ recruiting classes. Four and five-star recruits don’t sign with UW. The result are classes ranked near the bottom of all the 120-plus Football Bowl Subdivision teams.

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How I voted for the 2016 All-Mountain West football team

Wyoming was well represented as the Mountain West released its all-conference football teams Tuesday afternoon.

Those who voted were the 12 head coaches in the league, and selected media — including myself.

Craig Bohl

Craig Bohl

Third-year coach Craig Bohl was the Coach of the Year. Redshirt freshman linebacker Logan Wilson of Casper was the Freshman of the Year. Four players made the first team: junior running back Brian Hill, senior tight end Jacob Hollister, senior offensive lineman Chase Roullier and sophomore free safety Andrew Wingard — all of whom I had on my first-team ballot. I also voted for Bohl and Wilson in their respective awards.

Here’s the link to see the entire 2016 All-MW football honorees:

http://www.themwc.com/news/mountain-west-announces-2016-football-all-conference-teams-and-individual-honors-11-28-2016

 

There was some controversy, at least among the fans.

Josh Allen

Josh Allen

UW redshirt sophomore quarterback Josh Allen made the second team. Boise State sophomore quarterback Brett Rypien got the nod as the first-teamer. He’s the only player to be the first team quarterback in back-to-back years as a freshman and sophomore in league history. I had Allen as my first team quarterback, but if you look at the numbers, Rypien had the edge. You can’t go wrong with either one, and both were clearly the top two quarterbacks in the conference.

I was a little surprised that UW senior wide receiver Tanner Gentry didn’t make the first team. Colorado State junior Michael Gallup got the nod, along with Boise State senior Thomas Sperbeck, who was a no-brainer in terms of making the first team. Gentry and Gallup had similar numbers. Both caught 11 touchdown passes. Gallup had eight more catches (70 to 62) and 32 more yards (1,164 to 1,132). Gentry had a better yards-per-catch average (18.3 to 16.7).

Brian Hill

Brian Hill

Boise State fans were miffed that junior running back Jeremy McNichols didn’t make the first team. He certainly had the numbers to be there, and the way this league has been with running backs the last couple of years they should have at least three guys on the first team. But you also can make strong arguments that Hill and San Diego State senior Donnel Pumphrey (the MW Offensive Player of the Year) should be on there, too. Who do you leave off? Last year it was Hill.

Below is how I voted. Most of it lines up with the official results.

QUARTERBACK

Josh Allen – Wyoming

Brett Rypien – Boise State

RUNNING BACK

Donnel Pumphrey – San Diego State

Brian Hill – Wyoming

Jeremy McNichols – Boise State

James Butler – RB – Nevada

WIDE RECEIVER

Thomas Sperbeck – Boise State

Tanner Gentry – Wyoming

Michael Gallup – Colorado State

Jalen Robinette – Air Force

TIGHT END

Jacob Hollister – Wyoming

David Wells – San Diego State

OFFENSIVE LINE

Chase Roullier – Wyoming

Nico Siragusa – San Diego State

Daniel Brunskill – San Diego State

Mario Yakoo – OL – Boise State

Dylan Vail – Air Force

Fred Zerblis – Colorado State

Austin Corbett – Nevada

Jake Simonich – Utah State

Reno Henderson – New Mexico

Jake Bennett – Colorado State

DEFENSIVE LINE

Alex Barrett – San Diego State

Ricky Ali’ifua – Utah State

Sam McCaskill – Boise State

Kyle Kelley – DE – San Diego State

Nik D’Avanzo – New Mexico

Meffy Koloamatangi – Hawai’i

Ryan Watson – Air Force

Malik Reed – Nevada

LINEBACKER

Tau Lotulelei – UNLV

Dakota Cox – New Mexico

Tanner Vallejo – Boise State

Calvin Munson – San Diego State

Christian Tago – San Jose State

Kevin Davis – Colorado State

DEFENSIVE BACK

Weston Steelhammer – Air Force

Damontae Kazee – San Diego State

Jonathan Moxey – Boise State

Andrew Wingard – Wyoming

Brodie Hicks – Air Force

Malik Smith – San Diego State

Andre Chachere – San Jose State

Trayvon Henderson – Hawai’i

KICKER

John Baron II – San Diego State

Luke Strebel – Air Force

PUNTER

Hayden Hunt – Colorado State

Michael Carrizosa – San Jose State

RETURN SPECIALIST

Rashaad Penny – San Diego State

D.J. May – Wyoming

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

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Wyoming vs. Boise State football live chat replay

Here’s the replay of WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi’s live chat from the University of Wyoming’s 30-28 win over No. 13 Boise State in front of 24,023 at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium Saturday night.

For more UW and local sports coverage, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang and log on to wyosports.net.

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Wyoming vs. Boise State football primer

Some pregame reading for Saturday’s Wyoming-Boise State game. Kickoff is at 5 p.m. MT at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.

First, my No. 1 key to the game for the Cowboys. There are more, but this was what I choose as my top one:

Play keep away: Meaning Wyoming needs to win the time of possession game, and obviously, finish drives with points. Boise State has one of the most powerful offenses in the Mountain West, and the best way to slow them down is to keep it on the sideline.

Now for some other notes and quotes:

Jeremy McNichols

Jeremy McNichols

— Junior running back Brian Hill needs one rushing touchdown to tie for sixth place on UW’s career list, and two to tie for fourth. Hill currently has 24 rushing touchdowns. Hill, the reigning Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week, is second in the nation with 144.3 yards per game. Hill’s count part today, Boise State junior Jeremy McNichols, averages 130.7 yards per game. He has 16 touchdowns this season (12 rushing, four receiving), which is tied for the national lead with Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson. McNichols has 42 touchdowns since the start of the 2015 season, which is the most in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

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Wyoming vs. Air Force football primer

Some notes and quotes for Saturday’s homecoming game for Wyoming against the Air Force Academy. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m., and the game will be televised on ROOT Sports.

First, my No. 1 key for UW today:

Josh Allen

Josh Allen

Making plays through the air: Wyoming wants and needs to run the football, and it will try. However, Air Force allows just 53 rushing yards per game. On paper, it looks like UW redshirt sophomore quarterback Josh Allen is going to have to make some plays in the passing game. How much remains to be seen, but there will be times when Allen must do that. Allen needs to be sharp and efficient today.

— As far as homecoming games go, UW is 44-44-3 all-time. At War Memorial Stadium, the Cowboys are 39-25-2.

— One quick note from last week’s 38-17 win at Colorado State. As most of you know the Cowboys’ defense didn’t allow any points in the second half. They also gave up just 134 yards of total offense, including two rushing yards.

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Wyoming vs. UC Davis live chat replay

Here’s the replay of my live chat from the University of Wyoming’s 45-22 victory over UC Davis on Saturday in from top 18,781 fans at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium

UW improved to 2-1 overall, and got a season-high 207 rushing yards and two touchdowns from junior running back Brian Hill. Sophomore quarterback Josh Allen was 11 of 15 for 198 yards and three touchdowns.

For more UW sports coverage, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang. Check back to wyosports.net and go to WyoSports’ UW sports blog at wyomingcowboysblog.com.

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UW at Nebraska postgame thoughts

Through three quarters it was a game.

Wyoming trailed 24-17 at Nebraska after three quarters and early into the fourth. But then the turnovers came and Nebraska took advantage in a 52-17 drubbing.

Even though the Cowboys were in the game at 24-17, it almost felt like they were hanging on by a thread — at least it did to me. Credit UW for hanging in there, but as third-year coach Craig Bohl said, football games are 60 minutes.

Here is more from Bohl after the game.

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