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When I was a junior in college, I covered the Rock Bridge (Missouri) High School beat for the Columbia Missourian sports section. (Fun fact: Wyoming will play a member of that team for the second straight season this year, now that Oregon wide receiver Alex Odofile has joined Missouri as a graduate transfer. OK, well I thought it was a fun fact.)

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To the naked eye, Josh Allen’s arm looks to be one of a kind. The former Wyoming quarterback, who was drafted seventh overall by the Buffalo Bills, demonstrated in his three years in Laramie that he had a cannon on his shoulder, and his arm continued to impress as he went through the draft process.

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Former Wyoming offensive lineman Ryan Cummings received a camp invite from the Houston Texans on Saturday, he told the Star-Tribune. Cummings joins former Wyoming fullback Drew Van Maanen, who also received a camp invite from Houston. Cummings said he is still waiting to hear from other teams about potentially signing as an undrafted free agent.

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Josh Allen’s road to the NFL Draft was never smooth. Out of Firebaugh, California, a small farming town in the Central Valley, he was a scrawny, unrecruited high school quarterback. After a season at two-year Reedley College, his scholarship offers came from Wyoming, Eastern Michigan and nowhere in between. Allen chose Craig Bohl and the Cowboys, but his first Division-I start was interrupted by a broken clavicle.

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Leading up to Thursday’s NFL Draft, the Star-Tribune has been presenting daily interviews with draft experts talking about former Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen. ESPN’s analysts suggested Allen is in play for the No. 1 pick but maybe not Nos. 2 or 3. Benjamin Allbright said Allen wouldn’t fall past No. 5. Chad Reuter thought Allen could become a Super Bowl-winning quarterback, while Dion Caputi thought Allen might be more worthy of a fourth-round pick. Dane Brugler called him “unique,” and Tony Pauline likened Allen to both Cam Newton and Tim Tebow.

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DALLAS — In 1967, the San Diego Chargers selected defensive tackle Ron “Pedro” Billingsley with the 14th overall pick of the NFL/AFL Draft. Billingsley, who died last February, was a 6-foot-8 University of Wyoming graduate out of Florence, Alabama. He was taken 10 picks after Purdue quarterback Bob Griese, one of eight Hall of Famers taken in that draft, which lasted 17 rounds.

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Cleveland general manager John Dorsey has remained tight-lipped about who the Browns will select first overall in next week’s NFL Draft, and it appears that extends to more than just the media. Former Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen, who is considered to be a strong possibility for the Browns at No. 1, said he doesn’t know where he’s going to be drafted, either.

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Logic might suggest that the closer we get to the NFL Draft, the more reliable the projections will become. But there’s just as much pointing to the opposite. After all, teams have more and more incentive to fill the echo chamber with misinformation in order to help generate their preferred outcome.

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LARAMIE — You don’t have to look hard into the national media coverage surrounding former Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen to find someone throwing his 2017 supporting cast under the bus. The potential top pick in this month’s NFL Draft regressed statistically in his final season as a Cowboy, and many pundits have suggested the offense that surrounded him was to blame.

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LARAMIE — Spring has been Brock Beddes’ time to shine during his time at Wyoming. Last year’s spring camp marked the Natrona County graduate’s introduction to the Wyoming football program, and his 30-yard field goal wound up accounting for the only points in the Cowboys’ spring game.

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LARAMIE — The Wyoming football team’s offense has spent the last year playing second fiddle to the Wyoming defense. The Cowboys forced more takeaways than any other team in the Football Bowl Subdivision last year and just eight defenses allowed fewer points per game. Meanwhile, the offense was the fifth-worst in the nation in 2017 in yards per play.

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LARAMIE — The effects of college football’s early signing period, first implemented last year, are numerous and might take years to gauge. For instance, Wyoming football signed 20 players in December and as a result has more early enrollees than usual in camp this spring.