College Football Preview: The 2015 Wyoming Cowboys
Wyoming Cowboys Preview
2014 Record: 4-8
Craig Bohl looks to take a few steps forward in his second season with the Wyoming Cowboys.
Overview: Craig Bohl and North Dakota State were a great combination before he took over Wyoming and struggled in 2014. With a year of experience does Bohl have his systems and players in place to succeed?
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Offense: For a team that averaged just 21 points the loss of your quarterback is bad news. Colby Kirkgaard threw for 2,600 yards on 57% but six quarterbacks are on the roster and three star Indiana transfer Cameron Coffman might have the edge. The receiving corps loses their top two options in Jalen Claiborne and Dominic Rufran which makes Tanner Gentry (32-435) the top target. The Cowboys were productive on the ground with Brian Hill (145-796) and Shaun Wick (127-753) but their production in 2015 is a question with three starting lineman back with virtually no depth.
Defense: Wyoming wasn’t a shutdown defense with around 32 points per game allowed. The defensive line looks to be a strength with four of their top six returning with Eddie Yarbrough (10.5 TFL-4 S) and Siaosi Hala’api’api (5.5 TFL-3 S) the best of the lot. The linebacking unit gets back just two players that saw action in 12 games but experience playmakers are needed here. The secondary is in about the same shape with two players seeing much of the field and likely freshman providing depth so if anybody gets hurt there could be issues.
Special Teams: Punter Ethan Wood and kick returner DJ May are the only players back on special teams so there has to be replacements found but the larger issue is the coverage teams which were not very good and killed field position.
Outlook: Wyoming did improve last season and given Bohl’s track record there will be some positive growth although I don’t think it will be enough to make a significant difference over the four 2014 wins.