Wyoming football notes, and some Halloween fun

Another Monday, another round of interviews with Wyoming football coaches and players — not to mention a handful of conference and national honors/recognition.

The Cowboys were named the National Team of the Week by the Football Writers Association of American for their 30-28 win last Saturday over previously No. 13 Boise State (now No. 24). Senior Ethan Wood was  named the Ray Guy Award Punter of the Week in the country. Tight end Jacob Hollister and nose tackle Chase Appleby were the Mountain West Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively.

Here is this week’s depth chart heading into Saturday’s game with Utah State:


The only changes have senior Adam Kinder as the back up at one defensive end spot behind sophomore Kevin Prosser. That’s because true freshman Shiloh Windsor is in the concussion protocol and his status — as of now — is unknown for this week. Windsor did not finish the Boise State game.

Also, senior Eli Moody of Lovell, a former walk-on who was awarded a scholarship, is the backup behind sophomore Brinkley Jolly at right tackle. Jolly made his first start  of his career last week. More on him later this week.

Now for some Halloween fun. I asked some of the players, and one assistant coach, what their favorite Halloween candy and costumes were. Here are the results:

Junior fullback Drew Van Maanen: Candy: Milk Duds; Costume: “I dressed as my sister once.”

Offensive line coach Scott Fuchs: Candy: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups; Costume: “Groing up in North Dakota it was a fluffy coat because it was always so cold.”

Senior linebacker D.J. May: Candy: Snickers; Costume: A ninja.

Sophomore offensive tackle Brinkley Jolly: Candy: KitKat; Costume: Superman.

Senior wide receiver Jake Maulhardt: Candy: Abba Zaba; Costume: “I dressed up like my cousin for like 10 years because he was an NFL football player.” His cousin is former NFL linebacker Scott Fujita, who played with the Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns from 2002-12.

Redshirt freshman defensive end Josiah Hall: Candy: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or Milk Duds. Costume: Buzz Lightyear.

Junior cornerback Robert Priester: Candy: Snickers; Costume: Spider Man.

Junior running back Brian Hill: Candy: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups; Costume: “The Scream mask with the blood. I was scared of that when I was a kid, so it was a big deal for me to overcome that fear and wear that mask.”

Senior nose tackle Chase Appleby: Candy: “Twix, as long as it was ice-cold.”; Costume: Allen from “The Hangover.”

Me: Candy: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups; Costume: A pirate or football player was always my go-to costumes, but my favorite was going as a turtle when I was in college.

How about you? Would love to hear your Halloween favorites!

Lots of good stuff coming this week leading up to the Utah State game, so check out the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net. Also, check back to this blog.