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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Weighing in on MW All-Conference football

There were not a lot of surprises when the All-Mountain West first and second football teams came out Tuesday.

Here is the link to the complete list:

http://www.themwc.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/120412aaf.html

Congrats to Wyoming senior center Nick Carlson and senior defensive tackle Mike Purcell for making the first team. I voted for both on my first team. Of UW’s players, those two were the most deserving and had the best chance of making the first team.

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UW football Media Monday wrap-up

Coach Dave Christensen was reprimanded by the Mountain West and sophomore starting quarterback Brett Smith is day-to-day.

Those  were the biggest things that came out out Monday’s weekly interview session with players and coaches.

The reprimand by the MW wasn’t a surprise, and everyone at UW — Christensen included — had to have seen it coming. Christensen apologized for his reaction toward Air Force coach Troy Calhoun after the Cowboys 28-27 loss last Saturday through a news release Sunday night from UW. He apologized again Monday. See Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, or go to www.wyosports.net for what he had to say.

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Video: Chris Tormey

Wyoming defensive coordinator Chris Tormey talks about a couple of players who have stood out for the Cowboys so far this season, and the keys to slowing down Nevada’s pistol offense. The interview was done on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012.

Tormey also used to be the head coach at Nevada in the early 2000s.

Join WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi for his live chat during today’s Wyoming-Nevada game at 4:30 p.m. — 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Log on here at wyomingcowboysblog.com or at wyosports.net.