VIDEO: Tedder Easton

Wyoming senior running back Tedder Easton has been one of the more pleasant stories for the Cowboys this season.

The former walk-on has seen more playing time than at any point in his career. He is the team’s fourth-leading rusher with 249 yards, and is second with five rushing touchdowns.

Easton had a 79-yard run in UW’s 48-10 loss to No. 16 Fresno State last Saturday — the longest run for the Cowboys this season.

He also has one of the more dynamic personalities on the team, which always makes for a fun interview.

In this video interview, Easton talks about that long run and why he wears jersey No. 22. He also talks about the confidence of the team that is riding a three-game losing streak going into Saturday’s game at Boise State.

VIDEO: Cowboys Coaches Clinic: Pete Kaligis

This is the seventh of a season-long series of video interviews with University of Wyoming football coaches, and how they teach and coach certain aspects of the game. This one features assistant head coach, co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach Pete Kaligis.

Kaligis has running backs Shaun Wick, Brandon Miller, Omar Stover and Tedder Easton go through some drills, and also features former UW player and current graduate assistant Ghaali Muhammad demonstrating a drill.

Check back to wyosports.net every week for this feature.

UW announces depth chart for Nebraska

Wyoming’s first depth chart of the season for Saturday’s game at Nebraska came out Monday, and there were not a lot of surprises.

Eight first-year players are projected to start — three true freshmen, one redshirt freshmen, two redshirt juniors and two junior-college transfers. Here are some notable items from Monday’s depth chart:

–True freshman receiver Tanner Gentry will start at one of the four receiver spots. Gentry rapidly climbed up the depth chart throughout fall camp. He beat out junior Trey Norman.

–Senior Robert Herron, juniors Dominic Rufran and Jalen Claiborne are the other starting receivers. Others listed on the depth chart this week are redshirt freshmen Eric Nzeocha, Nico Brown, Trent Sewell, Tanner Simpson and Jake Maulhardt; senior Jarrod Darden (a transfer from Colorado), and juniors Keenan Montgomery, Norman and Justin Berger.

–Junior-college transfer Tyran Finley will start at cornerback opposite of junior Blair Burns. Not a surprise there since the injury to junior DeAndre Jones midway through camp.

–Three of the four backups at the cornerback and safety positions are manned by guys who have never played a game at UW. True freshman Tim Hayes is behind Burns at one cornerback spot. Redshirt freshman Cortland Fort, who has gone back and forth from cornerback and safety, is behind Finley. True freshman Xavier Lewis is the backup at strong safety behind junior Darrenn White. Jones, who was the starter at cornerback when fall camp started before he was injured, is the backup for senior Marqueston Huff at free safety.

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UW’s offensive depth chart for Nebraska

Wyoming coach Dave Christensen will release his first depth chart of the season Monday.

But I thought I would take a shot of predicting how it will look now, starting with the offense. Look for the defense and special teams to come later this weekend. As always, I welcome your comments, thoughts and questions.

OFFENSE

Quarterbacks

Brett Smith, Jr., 6-3, 206

Jason Thompson, So., 6-2, 206

Colby Kirkegaard, Sr., 6-3, 205

Tommy Thornton, Fr., 6-1, 205

Notes: There was never a doubt Smith would be the starter. In three fall camp scrimmages Smith was 39-55 for 553 yards with nine TDs and one INT. … Thompson also had a solid camp. He was 33-49 for 440 yards with four TDs and two INTs. … There was good competition at the No. 3 spot. I give Kirkegaard the edge based on his experience, but it would not surprise me if Thornton is No. 3 on Monday.

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Video: Tedder Easton

Wyoming junior running back Tedder Easton saw his first game action of his career at Nevada — mostly in short yardage situations. He talks about that and his unique story of how he came to the school.

For more on Easton, see WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi’s column in Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and also at www.wyosports.net.

Media Monday wrap for UW football

The Mountain West won’t hand down any punishment to Wyoming sophomore quarterback Brett Smith for being ejected in last Saturday’s 35-28 overtime loss at Nevada. Smith was ejected from the game midway through the fourth quarter after getting his second unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

Coach Dave Christensen also won’t be disciplined by the MW for his comments after the game on Smith’s second penalty. This is what he said: “He’s running off the field and is three yards from the sideline and takes his helmet off and he gets kicked out of the game? That’s unbelievable. The (official) said he swore. Do we think people don’t swear out there? That’s remarkable you can have that kind of impact.”

Smith talked candidly about the game Monday, and apologized for being emotional after the game. For more on that, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and to see the video interview go to www.wyosports.net or check back here to the blog.

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UW-Nevada postgame thoughts

What another crazy game!!

And disappointing for Wyoming with a 35-28 overtime loss to Nevada.

Can’t say I’ve ever seen a quarterback — or any player for that matter — ejected for two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties like UW sophomore quarterback Brett Smith.

If he stays in the game does UW win? Got to like its chances. The drive Smith led to give UW a 28-21 lead was 17 plays, 82 yards and ate up 8:11 on the clock. The Cowboys ran the ball as well as I’ve seen them this season on that drive. They converted three third downs and the TD was on fourth-and-1 where Smith ran it in on a great play fake.

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