Up Next for the Broncos: Wyoming in Laramie

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 Cowboy backfield.

 

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, 250, Sr.) 

 

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 Cowboys. 

 

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.


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