Chavez Pownell Jr. came close to playing last season at safety for Wyoming.
But in the end, coach Craig Bohl and the staff decided to keep the redshirt on Pownell to get him ready for the 2015 season.
“It all worked out in the end. Whatever coach Bohl said I know it’s for the best,” Pownell said.
Pownell is the only safety on scholarship on the roster right now for the Cowboys. After last Saturday’s first spring scrimmage, he was listed as the starter at strong safety — ahead of redshirt freshman walk-on Marcus Epps.
Pownell had six tackles in that first scrimmage — the second-most among all defensive players. His four solo stops tied for the second-most.
“It makes me feel good, but you never know what can happen,” Pownell said. “Me, (redshirt freshman walk-on Adam Pilapil) and Marcus are all about at the same skill level. We have to make sure we’re grinding every day.”