Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Wyoming Cowboys season with what you need to know.
2018 Record: 6-6 overall, 4-4 in Mountain West
Head Coach: Craig Bohl, 6th year, 28-35
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE WYOMING OFFENSE
– The 2016 Wyoming offense exploded for 503 points. Two years later, the program struggled to get to 248, going on a seven game run without scoring more than 19 points, before things started to work late against the weaker teams on the schedule. Any improvement starts with a better passing game.
– The offense didn’t explode with Josh Allen at the helm in 2017, and the passing game was among the least-efficient in America when he was off being a Buffalo Bill. The quarterbacks combined to hit 49% of their passes with just eight touchdowns and four picks – it was a weeeee bit conservative.
Tyler Vander Wall is back after starting early on as a freshman, but the gig is almost certainly going to go to redshirt freshman Sean Chambers, a 6-3, 218 pounder who was the more effective of the two last year and in spring ball.
– The top two yardage receivers are gone, but Raghib Ismail – yes, his son – is back along with leading pass catcher Austin Conway. There’s a massive infusion of options from the latest recruiting class, and 6-2 senior CJ Johnson will is a part of the big, physical group that now needs the ball more – and needs to do more with it when there’s a chance.
– The passing attack might have been an issue, but the running game was solid, averaging close to 200 yards per game behind a line that was terrific at keeping defenses out of the backfield.
Three starters are back up front, but leading rusher Nico Evans is done after his 1,325-yard season. Second-leading rusher Xazavian Valladay is back after averaging 5.6 yards per carry in his freshman season, but it’s a very, very thin group of backs.