Hill inching closer to UW’s career rushing record

Wyoming junior running back Brian Hill needs 74 yards to pass Devin Moore (2005-08) and become the Cowboys’ career rushing leader. Hill enters Saturday night’s Border War at Colorado State with 2,890 yards in 28 games.

Brian Hill

Brian Hill

To put that in some perspective, Moore needed 44 games and broke the mark in UW’s last game of the 2008 season against … you guessed it, Colorado State. The Cowboys hope Hill breaks the record Saturday, and then some. They also hope for a better outcome than Moore experienced. UW lost that 2008 game at Colorado State 31-20.

Hill first must pass Ryan Christopherson (1991-94) for second place, but needs only 17 yards to do that. The last time a UW running back broke the school’s career rushing record on the road was Gerald Abraham (1984-87) in the Cowboys’ regular-season finale at Hawaii. Abraham broke the mark with 2,278 yards. That’s now sixth in school history.

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Wyoming vs. Northern Illinois State football primer

Some news, notes and quotes for Wyoming’s season-opening game Saturday night at home against Northern Illinois. Kick off is at 8:30 p.m. at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium. The game will be televised by CBS Sports Network.

First, my No. 1 key for the Cowboys:

Craig Bohl

Craig Bohl

A good start: Third-year UW coach Craig Bohl said earlier this week he wants his team to start strong and finish stronger throughout the season. The Cowboys must get off to a good start, which was a problem last season as they were outscored 125-28 in the first quarter. Finishing stronger won’t make a difference if UW finds itself in an early hole like it did most of the 2015.

Agree or disagree? For more keys and coverage of the game, see Saturday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.

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Moore back to support former teammates

Former Wyoming running back and career rushing leader Devin Moore is in Laramie today to support former teammates Marcel Gipson and Chris Prosinski at the their pro timing day later this afternoon.

Moore is under contract with the Indianapolis Colts, and despite a recent shoulder injury (that didn’t require surgery) he is excited for the upcoming season as a return specialist. Moore said he isnt’ worried at this point about the probable player lockout by the owners. The deadline for that is tonight at midnight.

Moore ran for 2,963 yards and 15 touchdowns for the Cowboys from 2005-08.

Another former UW player, cornerback Derrick Martin, also is here today. He was recently cut by Super Bowl champ Green Bay. He didn’t play in the Super Bowl due to injury.

Martin was the first UW player in school history to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft. He was taken in the sixth round by the Baltimore Ravens in 2006.

I’ll have more from UW’s pro day later this afternoon.