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.

Josh Allen

Josh Allen

As for how he’s approaching the bye week, UW redshirt sophomore quarterback Josh Allen said: “We have a lot more to improve and a lot more room to grow. We go into every week trying to go 1-0, and this week is no different. I told the guys we have to prepare like we’re going to play this week. The tension will be a little lower and more relaxed, but  we can’t really take any time off or take any time for granted.”

See Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net, on my story about true freshman defensive end Shiloh Windsor, who may see playing time this season depending on the severity of Granderson’s injury. Windsor had an interest in day last Saturday, and he’s playing a position he didn’t come close to playing while in high school in Oklahoma.

If you check out Bohl’s Monday news conference, here’s the link:

http://www.wyosports.net/university_of_wyoming/facebook-live-craig-bohl-s-oct-news-conference/article_dba1e0ba-8f1f-11e6-8de8-ab3402220763.html

2 thoughts on “Bye week welcomed, but Cowboys still plan to work

  1. RG,
    What’s your feel for the depth behind Granderson at DE. From what I have seen he looks like a nice young player and wondering how solid the backups are?

    • The main guy who has played behind Granderson is a JC transfer, Nela Lolohea. He’s been decent, but he will play a lot more snaps now so we will see. He’s a mature kid. He’s married and been on an LDS mission. Not sure if that means anything on the football field, but he has a very mature take on everything.

      The other backup on that side looks to be a true freshman they are going to pull the redshirt off of — Shiloh Windsor. He’s 6-3, 224 and was a high school running back. UW recruited him as a defensive end and they like him a lot. He may have played earlier had he not had a groin injury early in camp.

      I don’t know if they will move the other two defensive end from the other side over — sophomore Kevin Prosser and redshirt freshman walk-on Josiah Hall. Both have been solid this season. Hall has been a pleasant surprise overall and likely will go on scholarship after the season.

      Hope this answers your question. Appreciate the interest.

      RG

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