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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UW-San Jose State football key to the game; other notes and quotes

Here is WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi’s top key to the game for the Wyoming Cowboys in their homecoming game at 2 p.m. today against San Jose State at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium:

Possess the ball — and finish: Wyoming wants to wear teams down in the fourth quarter. To do that, it must possess the ball and finish drives. Even when the Cowboys can’t do that, they need to avoid a lot of three-and-outs and flip field position in the punt game. UW has a slight edge in time of possession this season at 30 minutes, 50 seconds, but it needs that figure to be around 34 or 35 minutes.

Yes, no? What do you think about this one?

Here is Gagliardi and WyoSports editor Scott Nulph’s preview for today’s 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-Hawaii postgame thoughts, video highlights

That was one of the weirdest games I have ever covered or been a part of. Not the wierdest, but it ranks right up there.

I was in the stands — not working — when UW beat San Diego State 52-51 in Laramie in 1990. I covered the 53-45 triple overtime win at UNLV in 2004 where UW rallied and got bowl eligible that year.

UW beat Hawaii 59-56 in overtime Saturday at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium. The announced crowd was 12,227, but there were not that many here. Less than 10,000 in my estimation. And this game had the combination of being entertaining, sad, embarrassing and down-right odd all in the span of four hours and six minutes.

Here are some video highlights, including UW’s last touchdown in regulation, Hawaii’s successful two-point conversion to force overtime and the overtime possessions for both teams.


Still, the few people that were there saw an exciting game. UW and junior quarterback Brett Smith broke all sorts of records. Smith threw for 498 yards and seven touchdown passes, and ran for another. UW had nearly 800 yards of total offense. Senior receiver Robert Herron caught four touchdown passes. He and junior receiver Dominic Rufran both had more than 100 yards receiving — the first UW duo since 2005 to do that.

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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.

 

UW-San Jose State postgame thoughts

It’s become an all too familiar story for the Wyoming football team.

The Cowboys’ defense allowed a season-high 642 yards of total offense in a 51-44 loss at San Jose State Saturday night at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif.

The defense got off to a good start — three straight three-and-outs and then a fumble recovery. After that, it did virtually nothing.

Senior quarterback David Fales missed on just 10 of his 37 pass attempts. He threw for 482 yards and five touchdowns. The Spartans also ran for 160 yards, and it seemed like more.

Fales scored the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard quarterback sneak with 8 seconds left. Here’s the video of that play.


The offense did some good things. Junior quarterback Brett Smith threw for three touchdowns. Sophomore running back Shaun Wick had 234 yards, and senior receiver Robert Herron had a school-record 93-yard touchdown reception where he simply outran everyone from San Jose on a short pass. It was similar to what he did last year at Texas on his 82-yard touchdown run and catch. The 93-yard play was the longest in UW history — touchdown or not.

But it wasn’t enough.

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VIDEO: Robert Herron

Wyoming senior receiver Robert Herron talks about his season so far, which has had its ups and downs, and about playing in his home state of California this week against San Jose State. The interview was done on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 in Laramie, Wyo.


For more on Herron, see Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.

UW-Air Force postgame thoughts

I have got to say, when Wyoming’s offense is executing it is fun to watch.

Case in point was its 56-23 win at Air Force Saturday night and went into Sunday morning.

Six straight touchdown drives, and seven in the first eight possessions. If it were not for a fumble it might have been eight in a row.

Here is video of the team singing the school fight song to a large group of Wyoming fans after the game.


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