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.)
People occasionally ask sports writers, “Do you root for the team you cover?” And the answer is, more or less, “Sort of?”
When Drew Van Maanen spoke on the phone with a Houston Texans employee to set up his travel plans, the woman on the other line mentioned that she had just spoken with another player from near Parker, Colorado.
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.
Rico Gafford has always dreamed of reaching the NFL.
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.
Former Wyoming cornerback Rico Gafford signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent Saturday, he confirmed to the Star-Tribune. Gafford was not selected in this weekend's seven-round NFL Draft.
Van Maanen gets invite from Texans
ARLINGTON, Texas — Wednesday morning, Josh Allen was calm and ready for the day he had waited for his whole life.
Former Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen was selected seventh overall by the Buffalo Bills in the 2018 NFL Draft, making him the highest-drafted player in Wyoming history.
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.
LARAMIE — As far as the crowd at the Buckhorn was concerned, there were two people waiting to be drafted Thursday night: Josh Allen and Not Josh Allen.
On the eve of the NFL Draft, an article posted on Yahoo Sports revealed old tweets from former Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen that appeared to include racially insensitive language. Allen was taken with the seventh overall pick by the Buffalo Bills.
ARLINGTON, Texas — On a gray Wednesday, just windy enough to make two Wyoming products feel at home, a mix of middle schoolers and future millionaires took part in the most basic of football drills. Handing the ball off, playing catch, knocking tackling dummies to the turf. The game of football, simplified.
Tyler Vander Waal is Wyoming's starting quarterback. For now.
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.
Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen — widely regarded to be a first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft — made an impression during the postseason at the Senior Bowl, NFL Combine and UW's Pro Day. But, as league analysts have noted, in-game performance during his career with the Cowboys will be the …
LARAMIE — The Buckhorn Bar and Parlor has been waiting for ESPN to come to town.
We’re bringing you Josh Allen analysis straight from the horses’ mouths every day leading up to the NFL Draft. Today, Benjamin Allbright of FM 104.7 in Denver runs through his thoughts on Allen.
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.
LARAMIE — Josh Calvert made sure to point out that this spring wasn’t “the best thing that ever happened to (him).”
We’re bringing you Josh Allen analysis straight from the horses’ mouths every day leading up to the NFL Draft. Today, Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout runs through his thoughts on Allen.
LARAMIE — Wyoming barely had enough running backs to put on a spring game. Only two running backs, Nico Evans and Mike Green II, took carries in Saturday’s exhibition, which the Gold team won 10-8. They made the most of it.
LARAMIE — Logan Wilson is going to have an interesting week.
We’re bringing you Josh Allen analysis straight from the horses’ mouths every day leading up to the NFL Draft. Today, Dion Caputi of National Football Post runs through his thoughts on Allen.
LARAMIE — It had been a rough spring camp for the Wyoming football team. Injuries piled upon injuries left the Cowboys occasionally using a kicker and safety at defensive end in Saturday’s spring game, with 2017 senior Nela Lolohea returning to lend a hand at defensive tackle.
LARAMIE — The Wyoming offense wouldn’t mind seeing the end zone Saturday. Last year, the two offensive units units were held to just one made field goal in the Cowboys’ annual spring scrimmage.
We’re bringing you Josh Allen analysis straight from the horses’ mouths every day leading up to the NFL Draft. Today, Chad Reuter of NFL.com runs through his thoughts on Allen.
LARAMIE — There are more Wyoming-related quarterback questions to be answered in the next week than, “Where is Josh Allen going to be drafted?” The Cowboys will also name a starting quarterback after spring camp comes to an end Saturday, filling the vacancy left by Allen.
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.
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.
LARAMIE — The fact that the Wyoming interior defensive linemen are dealing with injuries this spring is not especially notable. The same can be said for the running backs, the wide receivers, and the defensive ends.
LARAMIE — Tuesday, Wyoming head football coach Craig Bohl said that the Cowboys’ depth on the offensive line is the best its been since he arrived in Laramie.
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.
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.
LARAMIE — Construction on Wyoming athletics’ High Altitude Performance Center is not complete, but the Cowboys football team has already gotten to take advantage of some components of the $44 million complex.
LARAMIE — One positive for the Wyoming receiving corps this spring? Their hands don’t have to take the abuse of Josh Allen fastballs anymore.
LARAMIE — For fans and media, the April 21 Brown and Gold game will provide the best opportunity to get a sense of the current shape of the Wyoming football team. But Saturday, behind closed doors, the Cowboys will get most of the way toward determining the team’s post-spring depth chart.
LARAMIE — The injury bug that has bitten the Wyoming football team this spring has been especially interested in the running backs group.
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.
LARAMIE — Long snapper is a position that tends to be ignored unless a problem arises. Unfortunately for the Wyoming football team, plenty of time was spent discussing the long snapper spot last season.
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.
LARAMIE — Jaylon Watson had the luxury of watching and learning behind Drew Van Maanen last season. Now, he’s leading the charge.
LARAMIE — Some Wyoming football players are preparing for their final year of college football. Safety Andrew Wingard, for example, has already taken a look at the NFL as a possibility and is back for one last season in brown and gold.
LARAMIE — Last year at this time, Milo Hall was busy earning the job as Wyoming’s starting running back. This spring camp, he’s learning a new position.
LARAMIE — Actions speak louder than words.
LARAMIE — Last year, the Wyoming football team had arguably the Mountain West’s best defense. This spring, the Cowboys likely could put together a solid defense just with injured players. (Hypothetically, of course.)
LARAMIE — Even after being injured in Wyoming’s season opener at Iowa, cornerback Antonio Hull figured to be a big part of the Cowboys’ defense in 2017.