Wyoming Might Have To Rely On Trio Of True Freshman
A pair of green wide receivers and a defensive tackle to see time in 2017.
The youth movement is beating ushered in at Wyoming
It was only three years ago that the Wyoming defense was one of the youngest in the country, and arguably one of the worst to boot. The past two years the unit slowly improved and while it was not amazing last year they were great at forcing turnovers and scoring points off of turnovers.
Wyoming is now at the point under Craig Bohl that it is not necessary to put young players on the field unless they are really talented, and that looks to be happening this year.
The three true freshman who could see significant playing time this year are wide receivers Jared Scott and Avante’ Cox plus defensive tackle Ravontae Holt. There is also the possibility of Javaree Jacksons not redshirting this year.
“I think (it’s) an indication is our recruiting is continuing to improve,” Bohl said via the Casper Star-Tribune. “I think you’re also seeing freshmen, they’re maturing faster than what they used to, so the lay of the land of college football is changing.”
Bohl’s criteria for true freshman playing fall into emotional maturity, physical need and positional need.
“If all those three are a yes, we’re in it to win it,” he said. “Our thought process is if they can help us win right now, we’re going to play them.”
The wide receiving group makes sense for a positional need as the Cowboys lost Tanner Gentry and it could take multiple players to fill his roll, plus Wyoming needs a complementary receiver to starter C.J. Johnson.
These two receivers bring in a completely different style of game as Cox is a slot receiver and comes in at 5-foot-11, 170-pounds; while Scott is a giant in comparison at 6-foot-6 and will be a great target for Josh Allen to take advantage of even the defensive backs who are six-feet tall.
“First of all, he’s a tall guy that’s got a big presence,” Bohl said speaking of the former three-star Scott. “I think he’s got triple-X hands or something like that. He made a one-handed catch the other day that was really outstanding.
“I think we were looking at it, looking at playing him, and when he did that, that was a big play. Doesn’t matter what level of competition. And we’re going to look at playing him.”
Wyoming is at the point in Bohl’s tenure that if he has talent he will put it to work on the field, and if not he will use a redshirt to get them ready to contribute the following year.