Boise State is preparing for the Wyoming Cowboys in game number three of the Bronco season next Saturday in Laramie. Wyoming opened the 2006 season with a 38-7 whitewashing of WAC member Utah State. We take a sneak peek at the Cowboys, who will present Boise State with several challenges.
A season that began with so much promise last year ended in
disaster for Wyoming, as the
Cowboys were 0-6 to end the year. Coach
Joe Glenn, who recently received a contract extension, has the Cowboys prepared
to avert the collapse in 2006.
After six years of the quarterbacks Bramlet (Casey and
Corey), Jacob Doss has emerged as the new Wyoming
signal-caller. He's another good one; he
performs like a veteran already. Wynel Seldon (6-0, 205, So.) turned in a respectable 871
yards and 11 TD's as a freshman last year.
Michael Ford (6-2, 203, Jr.) is the top returning receiver with 29
catches for 421 yards from the 2005 season.
Seniors Hoost Marsh (5-9, 172) and Tyler Holden (6-0, 179) are the other
wideouts, with Wade Betschart (6-3, 255, Jr.) set to go at tight end.
Up front, it's a couple of big power forwards Chase Johnson
(6-8, 325, Sr.) and Hunter Richards (6-7, 297, Sr.) at the tackle positions,
Kyle Howard (6-6, 299, So.) and Tim Bond (6-4, 296, So.) at guards and senior
Jason Karcher (6-3, 291) the center.
Defensively, seven seniors and five starters return, led by
strong safety John Wendling (6-1, 222, Sr.).
Free safety Dorsey Golston (6-0, 194, Sr.) and cornerbacks Michael Medina (6-0, 181, Jr.) and Julius Stinson (5-10, 177, Jr.) join him in the
Nose guard Jake Mayes (6-3, 292, Sr.) anchors the defensive
front, flanked by end Corey mace (6-3, 287, Sr.) and tackle Mike Groover (6-3,
The linebacking crew is experienced, with returning starters
Luke Chase (6-1, 240, Jr.), Austin Hall (6-2, 225, Sr.) and Ward Dobbs (6-0,
242, So.) joined by sophomore Mike Juergens (6-4, 240).
Freshman Jake Scott (5-8, 157) is thrust into the lineup at
placekicker, while Billy Vinnedge (6-1, 188, Jr.) the punter. March will handle both punt and kick returns. John Wendling will
also be back to field kickoffs.
Last season, a 4-1 start was ruined by a 0-6 finish which
left Laramie fans reeling. The Cowboys began with a 38-7 pasting of Utah
State, holding the Aggies to just
129 yards of total offense while piling up 460 yards themselves. Utah
State produced just one play over
nine yards the entire game. Another
measurement of the dominance was in first downs, a 31-5 advantage for the
Seldon ran 18 times for 99 yards while backup Devin Moore
carried the ball 14 times for 61. Doss
was 18-27 for 239 yards with his favorite targets being Holden (4-71) and
Michael Ford (4-20). Doss fired
touchdown strikes to Holden, Seldon and March and showed poise when receivers
were covered downfield, dumping the ball off to Seldon for good yardage. Medina
also had a 20-yard interception return for Wyoming.
Wendling ran one kick back for 30
yards while Moore had an 18-yard
return. March had five punt returns for
36 yards for the Cowboys.
Wyoming travels to play Virginia today.