Former Cowboy Nevermann now at North Dakota, but not playing this week

Former Wyoming football player Oscar Nevermann is now playing for North Dakota, and ironically, those two teams open the season at 2 p.m. Saturday at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie.

Oscar Nevermann

Oscar Nevermann

Nevermann, who is from Sweden and a junior at UND, came to UW as a running back and was moved to linebacker before he left.

Normally when a player transfers from an FBS school, like UW, to a FCS school, like North Dakota, they can play right away without having to sit out a year. But that’s not the case for Nevermann.

UW coach Craig Bohl and UW sports information director Tim Harkins both said Tuesday that UW athletics has a policy that states if a player transfers to a school that’s on the Cowboys’ schedule the following season, that player must sit out a year.

“That’s standard procedure, and it wasn’t any decision I made,” Bohl said.

Tom Miller, who covers North Dakota football for the Grand Forks Herald, told me via email that Nevermann was in fall camp for UND, and “looked pretty good at running back.” Miller also said that UND folks feel Bohl is being difficult because of the North Dakota-North Dakota State rivalry. As most of you know, Bohl coached at North Dakota State for 11 years from 2003-13 before coming to UW. However, UND and NDSU only played once when Bohl was the NDSU coach, and that was in 2003. North Dakota State made the move from Division II to Division I-AA. North Dakota waited a few years before it made the switch.

I will have a Q&A with Miller later this week about the UW-UND game.

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Smith liked his California experience

Former Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith didn’t have some of the experiences as a couple of his teammates, or others who are eligible for this year’s NFL Draft, which is Thursday through Saturday in New York City.

Smith didn’t play in any of the college all-star games. But that wasn’t his fault. Those games are for college seniors. Smith announced in December he would forego his senior season at UW to enter the draft.

Brett Smith

Brett Smith

Smith also wasn’t invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana, in February. That was more of a surprise to many, including Smith. Former UW receiver Robert Herron and defensive back Marqueton Huff were invited to the combine.

But Smith did work out with EXOS, formerly known as Athletes Performance, in Carlsbad, California over the winter. He worked with renowned trainer Brent Callaway and former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia. Some of the other quarterbacks that trained with Smith were San Jose State’s David Fales, Central Florida’s Blake Bortles and Washington’s Keith Price.

“I got to see a lot of cool stuff, and I love California,” Smith said. “I grew up going to California every summer with my family, and I missed it a lot. I met a lot of new people and experienced a lot of cool things.”

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Herron ready for his big day

I recently caught up with former Wyoming receiver Robert Herron, one of three UW football players who have the best chances of being taken in this year’s NFL Draft, which is Thursday through Saturday in New York City.

For more on that story, see Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.

Robert Herron

Robert Herron

Herron is projected by many of the NFL Draft “experts” to be UW’s best prospect. He is the 111th overall prospect by CBSSports.com and 116th by Walterfootball.com. That would put him in the third to fourth rounds.

Here are some quotes from Herron that didn’t make Thursday’s story:

On some of his more eye-opening experiences leading up to the draft: “Meeting with the teams. The (NFL Scouting) Combine was interesting. Not just the physical stuff, but the mental stuff from meeting with the teams, team doctors and answering a lot of questions. They asked me things like if I smoke, drink and if I have a girlfriend. With all the stuff that happened with (former Notre Dame linebacker Manti, Te’o last year, teams are asking about that stuff (with the fake girlfriend).”

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Yarbrough, Huff named All-MW

It was a little ironic that the two Wyoming football players that made the first and second All-Mountain West teams were on defense.

Eddie Yarbrough

Eddie Yarbrough

But despite having one of the worst defenses in the nation in nearly every statistical category, sophomore defensive end Eddie Yarbrough made the first team and senior safety Marqueston Huff made the second team.

Hard to argue both players’ production. Yarbrough led all MW defensive linemen with 89 tackles. He also had a team-best 12 tackles for loss and 6.5 quarterback sacks. His two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries also tied for first on the team.

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UW-Utah State postgame thoughts

Wyoming’s 2013 football season came to an end Saturday with a 35-7 loss at Utah State.

The final score wasn’t a surprise, but the way things transpired was — in a way.

Here’s video of the team coming off the field after the game, while Utah State (8-4, 7-1) celebrated its Mountain Division title.


The Cowboys played well defensively. Two turnovers from the offense gave Utah State short fields, which resulted in two touchdowns. UW also allowed a punt return for a touchdown.

Even though Utah State isn’t an offensive juggernaut without starting quarterback Chuckie Keeton, UW allowed a season-low 310 total yards. The Cowboys were not overwhelmed defensively, and I agree with coach Dave Christensen’s assessment that the defense played well enough for the team to win this game.

But the offense and special teams didn’t.

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VIDEO: Marqueston Huff

Wyoming senior free safety Marqueston Huff talks about his new haircut, facing a must-win from here on out for the team to get bowl eligible and looks back at his senior class in this interview done on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 in Laramie, Wyo.


For more UW’s game today against Hawaii, see today’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang. And, log on to wyosports.net for more video interviews with UW senior football players and news about today’s game.

 

VIDEO: Marqueston Huff

Wyoming senior free safety Marqueston Huff talks about the recent changes on the defensive coaching staff and the opportunity that awaits the Cowboys when they host No. 17 Fresno State Saturday night on ESPN2. The interview was done on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 in Laramie, Wyo.


For more on the game, see today’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net. Also, join WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi for his live chat from the game, starting at 7:45 p.m. For links to the chat, see this blog and wyosports.net.

UW-Fresno State notes and quotes

Here are some notes and quotes about Wyoming’s football game against No. 17 Fresno State at 8:15 p.m. Saturday at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.

— UW coach Dave Christensen and Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter went against each other as assistant coaches in the Mid-American Conference. Christensen was at Toldeo and DeRuyter at Ohio.

— “They’re averaging over 500 yards a game, and the thing that’s impressive is they’re doing it both in the running game and throwing game. That’s a tough combination.” — DeRuyter of UW’s offense.

— “I think if you’re in good shape, it can be a factor if you allow it to be. If you’re not in good shape, it will kill you. … I think our guys will be fine.” — DeRuyter on playing at 7,220 feet of elevation Saturday.

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Young ready to help UW defense any way he can

Bill Young, Wyoming’s new quality control staff member in football, got to Laramie Sunday and was quickly put to work.

“I was up at 3:45 a.m. (Monday morning) because Jamar is a worker,” Young said with a laugh about interim UW defensive coordinator Jamar Cain.

The uniform combination for Wyoming's home game with Fresno State Saturday, which UW is promoting as a "white out" game. Photo by Robert Gagliardi/WyoSports

The uniform combination for Wyoming’s home game with Fresno State Saturday, which UW is promoting as a “white out” game. Photo by Robert Gagliardi/WyoSports

Part of the reason Young was up that early is because UW practices during the morning hours this season. The long-time defensive coach and defensive coordinator at the college level attended UW’s Monday morning practice.

So what exactly does a quality control staff member do?

First, Young is not a full-time staff member. NCAA rules allow colleges to have nine full-time assistant coaches. Even though UW fired defensive coordinator Chris Tormey last week, it promoted graduate assistant Dwain Crawford to full-time status for the rest of the season to help cornerbacks coach Renaldo Hill with UW’s defensive backs.

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