What you need to know ...
The offense went in the tank as the season went on plagued
by turnovers and no consistency. The normally pass-happy
one-back attack could take a little bit of a turn with four
excellent running back options working behind an experienced
line, while the passing game will try to retool without star
receiver Jovon Bouknight and without any quarterbacks named
Bramlet. Jacob Doss has an inside line on the starting job, but
he'll have plenty of competition and will have to look over his
shoulder at Karsten Sween, Stinson Dean, and JUCO transfer Ian
Passing: Jacob Doss
7-13, 49 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Wynel Seldon
187 carries, 871 yds, 11 TD
29 catches, 421 yds
Star of the offense: Senior OT Chase Johnson
Player that has to step up and become a star: Junior QB
Unsung star on the rise: Junior WR Michael Ford
Best pro prospect: Johnson
Top three all-star candidates: 1) Johnson, 2) RB Wynel
Seldon, 3) RB Joseph Harris
Strength of the offense: Running back
Weakness of the offense:
With four good prospects ready to battle for the right to
be the first non-Bramlet to quarterback the Cowboys in several
years, this will be the key to the team's future. Jacob Doss
knows the offense the best and he has the most experience, but
Karsten Sween is a big-time talent who appears ready now.
Stinson Dean can do a little of everything well, and JUCO
transfer Ian Hetrick will get every shot at winning the job.
The key to the unit: The interceptions have to be
kept to a minimum. Casey and Corey Bramlet threw for a ton of
yards, but they also gave the ball away way, way, way too much.
Corey threw 31 picks over the last two years alone.
Quarterback Rating: 6.5
- Jacob Doss, Jr. - 7-13, 54%, 49 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Doss will get the first look to take over for Corey Bramlet, but
he'll have a fight on his hands to keep the job. He was a top
recruit for the program a few years ago coming over from SEC
country, and he has been around long enough to know what he's
threw for 8,034 yards and 112
touchdowns in high school and has the live arm and athleticism to
put up big numbers.
- Karsten Sween, RFr.
A star California high school passer throwing for 8,107 yards
and 86 career touchdowns, the lefty has a big-time arm and
all-star skills; now he just needs a little time and some
experience. He was the number two quarterback coming out of
spring ball and will get a shot to start this fall.
- Stinson Dean, Soph.
A good all-around prospect with excellent running skills and an
accurate arm. He's the best rushing option of the four
quarterbacks battling for the job and knows the offense after
seeing plenty of practice time as the number three man over the
last two seasons.
- Ian Hetrick, Jr.
The JUCO transfer will get every shot at taking over the
starting job when he gets to camp. He ran a no-huddle offense
for Santa Rosa Junior College in California where he threw for
3,104 yards and 30 touchdowns last season.
Is this the best Wyoming backfield
ever? If all the parts are healthy, it might be close. Wynel
Seldon proved he can be a consistent number one back, but he'll
be more effective in a rotation. The return of Ivan Harrison and
Joe Harris from injuries will be a big boost, while
receiver/running back Devin Moore will add a home-run element to
The key to the unit: Everyone has to be healthy and
has to work well in a running back-by-committee situation.
Usually that's a bad thing, but it'll be a plus with so many
Running Back Rating: 7
- Wynel Seldon, Soph. - 187 carries, 871 yds, 4.7 ypc, 11
TD, 27 catches, 198 yds, 14.5 ypc
Seldon came into last year expecting to be a good reserve and he
ended up carrying the workload. A steady scorer with four two
touchdown days and three 100-yard efforts, the 6-0, 205-pound
power back should be even more effective with three good runners
to help keep him fresh. He grew into a reliable receiver as the
season went on.
- Devin Moore, Soph. - 26 carries, 123 yds, 4.7 ypc,
6 catches, 63 yds, 10.5 ypc
Able to play running back or receiver, the speed sophomore could
move to wide out with the return of Joe Harris from injury.
While he's not all that big at 5-9 and 182 pounds, he has the
moves to grow into an electrifying playmaker if he gets a little
bit of room to roam. If he's not the team's fastest player, he's
- Ivan Harrison, Sr. - 4 carries, 6 yds, 1.5 ypc
Expected to be the starter going into last year, the 5-7,
190-pound veteran was never right after trying to recover from
knee and shoulder problems from 2004. He tried to make a go of
it, but couldn't. Now the team's leading rusher in 2004 will be
a key speed back even though knee injury sapped a bit of his 4.4
- Joseph Harris, Sr.
The former JUCO transfer is the team's best back when 100%
healthy. He struggled through a knee injury in 2004 and missed
all of last season, but now he's back and ready to be a key
number two man in the rotation. In a limited role in 2004, and
with the injury, he still ran for 409 yards and cranked out two
The loss of all-star Jovon Bouknight means
that Michael Ford has to become a reliable number one target at
the X position after finishing second on the team in receptions.
The return of Tyler Holden from a foot problem should provide an
immediate boost, while punt return star Hoost Marsh has to grow
into an inside role. If Evan Weatherspoon, Ryan Gallimore, and
true freshman Derrick Levy aren't ready for prime time early on,
there won't be much of a rotation. The tight end situation could
grown into a strength with Wade Betschart and Chris Sundberg
each good enough to be used far more.
The key to the unit: Scoring. Wyoming receivers
caught 18 touchdown passes last season with Bouknight grabbing
12 of them and tight ends catching four.
Receiver Rating: 6
- Michael Ford, Jr. - 29 catches, 421 yds, 14.5 ypc
Is he the next star Cowboy receiver? The 6-2, 203-pound junior
will take over the number one role now that Jovon Bouknight is
gone. While the explosion is there, the consistency has to
follow. He hasn't scored a touchdown yet despite being used as a
deep threat, and he all but disappeared over the second
half of the season until he caught five passes for 54 yards in
the season finale against San Diego State.
- Tyler Holden, Sr. - 16 catches, 173 yds, 10.8 ypc
Holden was limited last year by a foot injury that kept him out
of three games and didn't allow him to do much over the second
half of the year. He should be 100% after taking all off-season
to heal, and he should grow into an excellent number two target
at the Y position where his tremendous athleticism should make
him a dangerous weapon.
- Hoost Marsh, Jr.
Known mostly for being a fantastic punt returner averaging 10.8
yards per try over the last two seasons. Marsh will now see more
work as a receiver starting at the inside Z position. One of the
team's fastest players, he'll be at his most dangerous when he gets the ball
in his hands and he can make defenders miss.
- Tight end Wade Betschart, Jr. - 7 catches, 72 yds, 10.3
ypc, 2 TD
The long-time veteran has to turn into more of a dangerous
target. He's a good-sized blocker at 6-3 and 255 pounds with the
strength to be a major factor in the running game. Now that John
Wadkowski is gone, Betschart's receiving numbers will be there.
- Evan Weatherspoon, RFr.
The former free safety will try his hand at receiver where ha
had a strong spring in place of an injured Tyler Holden. He's a
physical 6-1 and 183 pounds with 4.5 speed, but he's still going
to need a little time to work on being a polished route runner.
Derrick Levy, Fr.
The true freshman will get every shot at playing time at the X
position behind Michael Ford. He's an extremely athletic
speedster who went to Milford Academy to get noticed, and he
blossomed catching 26 passes for 480 yards and eight
- Tight end Chris Sundburg, Soph. 1 catch, 5 yds
More like a big wide receiver than a blocking tight end, the
6-5, 238-pound sophomore has receiver speed and should become a
fantastic safety valve to complement Wade Betschart.
This is an experienced group that needs to be far more
consistent and get more of a push for the running game. Big Chase
Johnson and rising star Kyle Howard should be outstanding on the right
side, while the rest of the line will shuffle around a bit with Jason
Karcher moving from guard to center and Tim Bond stepping into the
opening at right guard. As far as the developed depth, there isn't any
with five redshirt freshmen needing to quickly become part of the
The key to the unit: The starting five has to stay
healthy as long as possible. Being more physical will be important with
a good group of backs that just need a little bit of room.
Offensive Line Rating: 6
- OT Chase Johnson, Sr.
The massing 6-8, 325-pound senior is one of the Mountain West's best
linemen and should be the anchor of the line. This is his fourth year as
a starter having been one of the team's steadiest players. While he
isn't always dominant in the running game, his long arms and quickness
make him a good pass blocker.
- OG Kyle Howard, Soph.
Ready to step into the full-time role after starting the final four
games of last year, the 6-6, 299-pound sophomore should be a good one
after a little more experience. He's a smart, strong blocker who will be
one of the team's better run blockers.
- C Jason Karcher, Sr.
The main man at right guard last season, he'll move to center to take
over for Drew Severn. He's a solid 6-3 and 291 pounds after getting in
better shape over the last year. He's a good veteran who should have few
problems handling the line calls.
- OG Tim Bond, Soph.
Part center and part guard, Bond saw time in two games last year on the
right side. At 296 pounds, he's one of the team's biggest linemen and
needs to be a major factor in the running game now that 2005's starter,
Jason Karcher, has moved to center.
- OT Hunter Richards, Sr.
The former transfer from Nebraska-Kearney ended up starting every game
on the right side over the last two seasons and has grown into a steady
all-around blocker. He has bulked up to 297 pounds to fill out his 6-7
frame, but his strength remains as a pass blocker.
Ryan Otterson, RFr.
Undersized at 6-5 and 250 pounds, he'll use his tremendous athleticism
to try to be a factor on the left side behind Chase Johnson.
Essentially, he's like another tight end.
- C Russ Arnold, RFr.
Able to play center guard, the 6-4, 278-pound redshirt freshman could
grow into a key backup. If he shines right away at center, Jason Karcher
can move back to guard. He was a top recruit for the program and could
be a star once he adds more weight.