Wyoming Cowboys (6-3) vs Utah State Aggies (5-4)
Coach: Craig Bohl
Wyoming Players to watch
**Sophomore QB Tyler Vander Waal (6-4/214)
Starting QB Sean Chambers is out for the season with a knee injury. Last year’s starting QB, Tyler Vander Waal, took over as the Cowboys’ starting quarterback last Saturday against No. 21 Boise State. Vander Waal looked very competitive against the Broncos. Vander Waal will be throwing to Raghib Ismail,Jr., son of former Heisman Winner; and Austin Conway.
Senior MLB Logan Wilson (6-3/250)
Last week, Wilson was named Reese’s Senior Bowl Defensive Senior-of-the-Week with 10 tackles (6 solo), 1 Sack/TFL, and 1 INT in Wyoming’s tough loss vs Boise State.
In 2018, as a junior, Wilson ranked No. 5 among active FBS players in the nation in Career Defensive TDs scored (3). He entered his senior season with 316 career tackles, which ranked him No. 2 among all active FBS players entering the 2019 season. He has a very good shot at racking up 100 tackles this season – currently has 72 total tackles with 3 games remaining.
**Sophomore RB Xazavian Valladay (6-0/190)
Valladay had 37 touches vs Boise State for a total of 124 yards. The previous week (against Nevada), Valladay had a career day with 204 yards on the ground. Coach Bohl said, “We’ll keep on running him, that’s our plan. We are in it to win it. He’s our best runner and we’ll keep on running him.”
Senior PK Cooper Rothe (5-11/178)
Rothe was a top-3 finalist for the 2018 Lou Groza Award. This season, Rothe is 11-17 in field goals. He missed two against Idaho, and then turned around and missed his only chance in Week 4 vs Tulsa. Coach Bohl said earlier this week, “I wouldn’t say he’s in a slump. He’s gonna bounce back. He’s an excellent kicker and he needs to be kicking well against Utah State.”
Coach: Gary Andersen
Utah State Players to watch:
*Junior ILB David Woodward (6-2/235)
Woodward has 252 career total tackles, up to this point. He has 20.5 tackles-for-loss and 8 sacks. He was named 1st team Mountain West in 2018; and also name an All-American by Pro Football Focus (PFF). Woodward is a very athletic player who has great size and runs well in pass coverage; he is a good blitzer and can cover down the field; and has proven himself versatile enough to play both inside and outside linebacker.
*Junior QB Jordan Love (6-4/220)
Love flashes NFL talent. He can extend plays, showing shiftiness in the pocket; he has plenty of arm strength to make even the most difficult of throws to the sidelines; and has shown on film, over and over again, that he is a superb athlete. Scouts love his potential but worry about his accuracy, poise and decision-making. “When you look at Jordan Love,” said Daniel Jeremiah, an NFL Network analyst, “you’re intrigued not by what he is right now, but by what he can become.”
*Junior WR/KR Savon Scarver (5-11/190)
As a sophomore in 2018, Scarver was named the Jet Award winner, which is awarded to the nation’s top return specialist. He possesses tremendous top-end speed. Scarver recently set the school record for kick returns for a touchdown in a career and is closing in on the all-time FBS mark. Scarver has five career kickoff returns for touchdowns and a career kickoff return average of 29.2 yards. Scarver has returned 63 kickoffs for 1,841 yards.
“Unbelievable natural instincts,” Coach Andersen said. “He has such a natural skillset, to see the field setting up in front of him. He has tremendous speed, unbelievable athletic ability.”
Senior PK Dominik Eberle (6-2/195)
On Monday, Utah State kicker Dominik Eberle was named Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week for second time this year. Eberle made field goals from distances of 25, 38 and 30 yards, the last of which was the game-winning kick over Fresno State. His game-winning kick against the Bulldogs tied him with Utah’s Louie Sakoda (2005-08) for the most field goals made all-time in conference history.
Eberle is also the conference record holder for most the PATs made consecutively with 152, and is the Utah State record holder for points scored in a career with 323.
Maverik Stadium – AstroTurf
Nov. 16 | Logan, Utah
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