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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Wyoming-Air Force football notes and quotes

Here are some notes and quotes that didn’t make the print or online platforms for WyoSports this week leading up to Saturday’s Wyoming-Air Force football game.

Craig Bohl

Craig Bohl

–First-year Wyoming football coach Craig Bohl said the Cowboys have a big challenge facing Air Force’s option-oriented offense and its 3-4, blitzing defense. But Bohl also said: “I hope they look at us and have their hands full, also.”

–Air Force has modified its offense some over the years from a true triple-option. Make no mistake, the Falcons are option-oriented, but run a lot of those concepts out of different formations and blocking schemes. But it is still option football. “We appreciate Air Force’s commitment to sticking to their guns,” Bohl said.

–Bohl said he got a pretty good pulse of his team in about the second quarter of last week’s game with Montana. “We have good physical skills, but I wouldn’t say we have great physical skills. … For us to be very good this year, we’re going to have to become a more physical football team. I thought we got off to a good start (last week), but we have to be a little more assured in what we are doing.”

–UW senior cornerback DeAndre Jones on playing a conference game this early: “We’re going to try and be the first in the conference this season to get a win. Every conference game is important.”

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Muhammad out, Sutton in

Today’s weekly news conference with coach Dave Christensen and players was highlighted, or in this case lowlighted, with the news junior running back Ghaali Muhammad is out for the rest of the season with an injury suffered against TCU last Saturday.

True freshman Kody Sutton will have the redshirt pulled off him, and Christensen said he could play at Air Force Saturday. Christensen wants to have three running backs available, and Sutton gives UW three with junior Alvester Alexander and sophomore Brandon Miller, who has been playing more at receiver the last couple of games.

Good move or bad move to burn the redshirt off Sutton?

For more on that, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.

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Prosinski drafted by Jaguars

Wyoming safety Chris Prosinski was drafted in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars Saturday.

He was the 121st overall pick.

Some quick notes:

–Prosinski is the first UW player to be drafted since safety John Wendling was taken in the sixth round by the Buffalo Bills in 2007.

–Ironically, Prosinski and Wendling are both Wyoming products; Prosinski from Buffalo and Wendling from Rock Springs.

–Prosinski is the highest draft pick from UW since offensive lineman Steve Scifres was taken in the third round by the Dallas Cowboys in 1997.

–The last three players drafted from UW were defensive backs: Prosinski, Wendling and Derrick Martin (Batlimore, 2006).

–Jacksonville has drafted two UW players in its history. The other was running back Ryan Christopherson in the fifth round in 1995.

–According to UW’s football media guide, Prosinski is the 83rd player ever taken in the NFL Draft.

–Current UW players in the NFL, not including Prosinski, are: WR Malcom Floyd (San Diego), DL Mitch Unrein (Denver), DL Corey Mace (Buffalo), OL Adam Goldberg (St. Louis) and Martin (Green Bay).