Nope, I'm pretty sure he hasn't played at all. He is with the second group, though, so if any of the starters go down he'd be next in line. But at this position, I think they've been happy with both Mertens and Olive.
Wyoming will get Hala'api'api back this week though, so that'll add another Buck LB that they can sub in and rush off the edge.
Along with Puletasi, of course.
He's not starting but he may play. He's behind Huff at free safety. It's good to see him back, though. I know he was really itching to get back after being out for about a month.
I think that's a lot of it. Krill is clearly the better blocker. I don't think Bruce has played poorly, but Krill has been more steady catching passes in practice the past two weeks and he's more well rounded with what they like to do.
I don't necessarily expect him to catch a pass, but he should be out there and it's possible.
He's been doing a great job. Stratton was a spread QB in high school, so he has the mobility and arm to give Wyoming that Air Force look. He's been busy, too, because he's getting some play with the actual offense.
Here's a hint: if Stratton hits the field on Saturday (not holding), a trick play may be coming. And he'll be involved in it.
I believe so. I think they do that for every home game, though I don't know for sure. I'll feel pretty slighted if I don't get to experience that.
I've asked him about it, and he seems to have come to terms with it. He has a good attitude. I think he realizes that redshirting means he can start two seasons as Wyoming's QB. In the end, I think he wants to be "the guy."
But you won't see any attitude problems from Thompson. Very good kid, and a good member of the program.
The usual suspects will play -- Rufran, Herron, Gentry, Claiborne, Darden. Beyond that, Nico Brown played a bit last week and I wouldn't be surprised to see him out there a bit again, depending on the situation.
I don't think you'll see many more receivers than that if Montgomery and/or Norman can't go.
I don't think Eric Nzeocha and Tanner Simpson are quite on that level yet.
He's shown some things in practice, but I don't think he'll see the field just yet. Good size for the position, though.
A lot of people have been disappointed in him so far, and it's understandable. He hasn't made plays, and I think coaches haven't really seen him as a hard worker so far, either. He's listed at 4th on the depth chart at a WR spot this week, so he won't be playing any time soon.
Fun fact: Darden's catches last week were his first ones since his junior year of high school. Not sure why he never caught on at Colorado, maybe it had something to do with having three coaches in four years.
Quest has been everything they want from him. He's a big-time vocal leader and he's been a huge playmaker so far. He is THE leader of the defense, without a doubt.
Next year, they'll need Nzeocha to have a big year. If Stanton keeps progressing, he could be there too. As a vocal leader next year, though, Blair Burns. He's already that kind of guy as well as a very consistent contributor.
I think he's one of the best defensive freshmen they've had in the Christensen era, along with Burns a few years ago. He lifts more than any other of the DBs, and he's a true freshman. He pretty much came to Laramie ready to go. And the coaches have that confidence in him.
Agreed. Wacha has also made plays. The sooner they get him back, the better.
Right now I'll say Huff. He's been rising, and Herron has been a little disappointing in the first few weeks. Had two fumbles last week and has also had some drops. Herron also needs to prove he can stay healthy.
If he has a big year, Tyler Strong could be in that mix as well.
Well, I'm supposed to be unbiased, so I can't comment on that. But I believe it's sometime around 2015. And if the coaching staff is the same, I'd absolutely LOVE to see Christensen go against Pinkel. That'd be a Darth vs. Obi Wan/ student vs. Master scenario.
At this point, I think Christensen is a more current, imaginative offensive mind than Pinkel is. I like the way he calls a game for the most part.
I also talked to Don James a few weeks away, and he applauded Christensen for being way ahead of his time with the no huddle and spread offense. That's big-time praise.
I like the Pokes to win, but the recent past tells me that it won't be a blowout. It could be a blowout, but the Falcons are tough at home and I think they'll grind out yards and score some. We'll see.
"All American" would be a big leap, but I think he can definitely be First-Team MW, minimum. The sad truth is not many Mountain West players get the recognition to reach All American status.
He has the skill set. He's not the biggest DE, but he's fast and he gets in the backfield. 4 sacks in 3 games is a good start. I'm hoping he doesn't wear down near the end of the season.
Getting Lange and Awrabi back should really help Yarbrough stay fresh, though. Both of those guys will play.
Wyoming's offense isn't playing at the same level as Utah State's offense right now. Keeton has to be one of the best 3-5 QBs in the country with the way he's playing. We'll see if they play at the same level on the road at USC this week.
I think Boise State can be had this year. Air Force ran the ball on them a ton in the first half, and Boise also gave up rushing yards in its previous games. Wick could hit the ground running on the blue turf.
Yeah, he requested that. He thought he could make more of an impact, and obviously they liked what they saw because he was playing with the first team D before he got hurt.
I also picked Fresno to win. That game will tell us a lot about both teams, Boise in particular.
Lots of good Mountain West games this week, guys. I, for one, am pumped to see how they turn out.
Nope, but they're trying hard to recruit tight ends that can catch. Looks like DC wants that to be part of the offense in the next few years.
Thanks, Gold! I'm having a great time, and hopefully it shows.
And that's all the time I have for this week, folks. I have to go pick up my Air Force credentials. Three days away! See you guys next week.