Whose stock is on the rise in Laramie?
LARAMIE -- Which Wyoming players saw their stock rise in Thursday night’s 34-24 loss to Colorado State inside Canvas Stadium?
WR/ Ayden Eberhardt
Craig Bohl definitely had plenty of concerns after watching the game tape from Fort Collins. But the news wasn't all bad. He's impressed with his "playmakers" on the outside. "The wide receivers are starting to emerge," Bohl said during his weekly press conference. "We have not had that the last couple of years." Bohl didn't single anyone out. He didn't have to. Senior Ayden Eberhardt's career night speaks for itself. The Colorado native snagged seven balls for 132 yards. That's a whopping 18.9 yards per catch. So far this season, Eberhardt has 11 catches for 173 yards. In 2019, he hauled in just eight passes for 168 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
TE/ Treyton Welch
This guy also fits in the playmaker category. Treyton Welch, who was the talk of fall camp at the tight end position, had his best receiving game in a UW uniform last Thursday night. The Buffalo, Minn., product reeled in two passes for 55 yards. That's an average of 27.5 yards per catch. Though he only has three receptions thus far, Welch said he has embraced another role -- blocking. "I love blocking," he said Monday. "It's new to me (didn't have to block in high school), but it's been my main focus." Wyoming has amassed 553 rushing yards through three games. Welch has three catches this season for 79 yards.
S/ Esaias Gandy
Before the CSU game, we said to watch for Esaias Gandy to have a big game just like former safety Alijah Halliburton did last season against the Rams. Halliburton racked up 14 tackles, including one for loss on a big fourth-down attempt. Thursday night, Gandy finished with nine tackles. He also sacked Patrick O'Brien once and landed 2.5 tackles for loss. "I love playing in the box," he said Monday. "Who wouldn't?" Gandy is the team's fourth-leading tackler with 17. UW coaches talked a lot Monday about "letting guys loose." If No. 5 is one of those guys -- like Halliburton was a season ago -- look out.