Cowboys back to game-week mode

The bye week is over, and it’s back to game preparations for Wyoming as it plays at Nevada Saturday night.

UW got some extra work in last week against Nevada during its bye week. Third-year coach Craig Bohl said last Thursday’s practice wasn’t good, but liked how his team came back on Saturday. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Josh Allen said that practice was one of the best the team’s had all season.

Here is UW’s depth chart heading into the Nevada game:

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Bye week welcomed, but Cowboys still plan to work

Wyoming is on its lone bye week of the season, and while it won’t be like a normal game week for the Cowboys there’s still plenty of work to be done.

“We’ll be pretty much in game-week mode this entire week,” third-year coach Craig Bohl said.

The Cowboys practice Tuesday through Thursday, and again on Saturday. Coaches will be on the road recruiting near the end of the week. UW’s next game is Saturday, Oct. 22 at Nevada. It was announced Monday that game will start at 8:30 p.m. MT and be televised on ESPN2.

Carl Granderson

Carl Granderson

UW released a depth chart despite no game Monday. There were no changes from last week. Sophomore defensive end Carl Granderson was still listed as the starter, but UW is waiting for MRI results on his injured left knee suffered in the first quarter against Air Force.

One interesting note from today: UW is one of three teams in all of the Football Bowl Subdivision that has scored at least one defensive touchdown in consecutive games this season. The others are top-ranked Alabama and No. 12 Mississippi. Alabama leads the nation with seven defensive touchdowns. It scored at least one in its first three games, and in its last two. UW and Ole Miss has done so in each of their last three games. The Cowboys’ four defensive touchdowns are tied for the second-most in the country.

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UW defensive ends didn’t all start their careers there

One of the more surprising aspects of Wyoming’s depth chart for its season-opener Saturday against Northern Illinois was redshirt freshman walk-on Josiah Hall as the starter ahead of sophomore Kevin Prosser.

Josiah Hall

Josiah Hall

However, don’t look too much into that because both will play Saturday, and throughout the season. Hall gives UW a little more size at 237 pounds, compared to 215 for Prosser.

But what’s intriguing about those two and most of UW’s defensive ends is that hardly any of them started their football careers as defensive ends.

Hall and Prosser were linebackers in high school. Same can be said about UW’s other starter, sophomore Carl Granderson. The 6-foot-5, 243-pounder was an outside linebacker who didn’t play with his hand in the dirt like he does at UW. Granderson also played some at wide receiver in high school.

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Haug talks UW football recruiting

Gordie Haug is in his first year as Wyoming’s wide receivers coach, but he is in his second year with coach Craig Bohl as the Cowboys’ director of recruiting.

Gordie Haug

Gordie Haug

To date, UW has 10 verbal commitments for its 2016 class — all high school kids. The latest came Tuesday night when kicker Cooper Rothe from Longmont High in Longmont, Colorado, committed via his Twitter account. The 6-foot-, 180-pound Rothe, also plays defensive back and has four interceptions this season, and had nine last season. He is 3 of 4 on field goals this season with a long of 55. He was 4 of 8 last season with a long of 42. Rothe also was offered by Air Force.

UW isn’t a program that normally gets a lot of early verbals, and 10 to this point is the most in nearly 20 years of me covering this beat.

“It’s a pretty comfortable spot,” Haug said. You dont what to have too many at this point because we want those players who see themselves playing at the highest levels who may wait for offers from bigger conferences. When those offers don’t come, we’ve been there through the (recruiting process) and talking to them throughout.

“Nine is about where we want to be. I think we will get a couple more before the season is done. Then in December and January we will close out the class.”

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