LARAMIE -- Craig Bohl has now completed four Zoom interviews with the local media since the Mountain West backtracked and decided to carry on with the 2020 season.

In each of those meetings, Wyoming's seventh-year head coach has talked about the highly anticipated quarterback battle between Sean Chambers and Levi Williams.

He's discussed the competition at plenty of positions. He's even raved about the attitude of his players in an uncertain time.

One name, however, keeps popping up -- Victor Jones.

Heard of him?


Last season, the 6-foot, 4-inch, 245-pound defensive tackle/ end hybrid tallied a modest 20 tackles to go along with three tackles for loss in just two starts for the Cowboys.

As a redshirt freshman in 2018, Jones registered 15 tackles in 11 games, including four against Missouri and Wofford.

"Victor Jones continues to make some really nice plays on the inside (of the defensive line), so we’re well pleased with that," Bohl said Monday night.

He added more Wednesday.

"Victor is an older guy, and certainly there's time when you know it's time to bring your 'A-game,'" Bohl said. "He's going to be counted on a lot. He certainly answered the bell and we are excited about how he is going to play against Nevada."

Why is Jones so important?

Did you miss the word "hybrid" above?

Jones can plant himself on the interior of the defensive line or go to the outside and rush the passer. That could be significant this fall after starters Solomon Byrd and Mario Mora, along with another defensive tackle, Claude Cole and end Devon Wells-Ross, decided to opt out of the season because of medical concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

Ravontae Holt is also still slowly nursing his way back to full speed after an ACL derailed his 2019 season.

The Sacramento product, was a three-star recruit out of Inderkum High School. He was dubbed the 108th best recruit out of talent-rich California by 247sports.

Jones was named a First-Team All-Metro lineman as a senior and received plenty of looks from Power-5 programs like California, Oregon State and Utah. He was also offered by Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada and New Mexico.

This winter, look for Jones lined up next to Cole Godbout and Holt in the middle, or on the outside opposite Garrett Crall.

Bohl already has Jones in his sights.

So does Wyoming center Keegan Cryder -- quite literally.

Cryder took it a step further, comparing Jones to a former player who recorded 135 tackles and 11 sacks in just 30 games.

"The thing with him is how fast he is and he's really great with hands," the junior said Wednesday night. "He reminds me a lot of Youhanna Ghaifan because how good he is at avoiding blocks. He's very quick out of his stance. He's a playmaker." 

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