What You Need To Know About The Wyoming Offense
– Explain it away however you want, but Josh Allen just wasn’t that great. He might have all the tools, and the Buffalo Bills are hoping he’s about to be special, but the Cowboys had an NFL-caliber quarterback and still finished with the fifth-worst offense in college football.
The passing game was 103rd in the nation, the scoring pop wasn’t there when the defense wasn’t helping the cause, and there was way, way too many stalled drives.
Nick Smith might have been the main backup last season, but redshirt freshman Tyler Vander Waal had the better offseason. Both of them are more big, strong, dangerous passers under Craig Bohl, and no matter what, the passing production will be better.
– Everyone is back in the receiving corps that has the upside to do a whole lot more. Austin Conway leads the way at the Z position after coming up with a team-high 61 grabs, but he’s a midrange target. C.J. Johnson is the bigger play guy at the spot, and James Price is a 6-2, 212-pound matchup problem on the outside. Throw in a loaded tight end situation with three great options, and the veteran targets are there for Vander Waal to work with.
– Trey Woods only ran for 493 yards, but that was enough to lead the team. He’s gone for the year after getting hurt this spring, but Kellen Overstreet is more than fine to take over the work. The offense will mostly work around the passing attack, but the backs are there – even without Woods – to improve on the worst ground game in the Mountain West. But the O line has to do its part.
The front five wasn’t bad, but it was really, really young. And now, with four returning starters – three of them underclassmen last season – there’s depth, there are options, and it should be a spirited fall camp. The tackles are set with Zach Wallace on the left side and Alonzo Velazquez on the right, but the inside will be fine by the start of the season.
Biggest Key To The Wyoming Offense
Keep the chains moving. The Cowboy offense was last in the Mountain West in first downs and had a nightmare of a time on third downs. Going on long, sustained drives just didn’t happen, with the O that converted close to 44% of its third down tries in 2016 hitting on just 33% of its chances. UW was under the 30% mark five times – it went 1-4.