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2017 Prespring Rankings: No. 65 Wyoming Cowboys

2017 Prespring Rankings: No. 65 Wyoming Cowboys


The 2017 prespring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Wyoming Cowboys


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No. 65: Wyoming Cowboys

Wyoming Cowboys Prespring Status

Wyoming went from the college football abyss to one of the hottest programs around, even after a rough end to the season. Head coach Craig Bohl not only got the Cowboys to the Mountain West Championship and a bowl game – losing both – but he’s now known as the guy who can turn quarterbacks into scorching-hot NFL prospects. More on that in a moment.

There are some key losses, though, with five starters gone on offense including record-setting rusher Brian Hill, and all-star center Chase Roullier. On the other side, though, the Cowboys are loaded with veterans after starting nine underclassmen late in the season. LB Lucas Wacha is the lone defensive loss.

Wyoming Cowboys Biggest Issue

There’s a whole lot of lost offensive production. Hill ran for 1,860 yards and 22 touchdowns last year, with backup Shaun Wick gone after adding 523 yards and seven scores. Tanner Gentry and the top three receivers are done, too, with Jake Maulhardt and TE Jacob Hollister helping to combine with Gentry for 25 of the team’s 29 touchdown catches. However, three of them came from top returning target C.J. Johnson, and the other one came from …

Wyoming Cowboys Biggest Positive

Josh Allen. Of course, all the returning talent on defense is a massive plus for a defense that struggled, but at least comes back loaded with experience. But the biggest deal was when Allen decided to return for his junior year when he might have been the No. 1 quarterback taken in this year’s draft.

Now, between Carson Wentz and Allen, Bohl is becoming the coach to play for if you have the measureables, and Allen certainly has no problem there. The 6-5, 225-pounder threw for 3,203 yards and 28 scores, and ran for 523 yards and seven touchdowns. The spotlight will be on all year long.

Really, Why Are The Wyoming Cowboys Ranked Here?

It’s good year up top for the Mountain West, but with all the returning defensive starters, and with Allen sure to make everyone around him better, Wyoming will be one of the league’s most interesting teams. It could and should be even better than last season – but it’ll be the hunted.