With depth chart decisions looming, Bohl’s lips are zipped
LARAMIE -- Yes, Wyoming's head coach has let a few cats out of the bag throughout this modified fall camp.
Like the one about playing both Sean Chambers and Levi Williams at quarterback.
There's the obvious choices, too.
The offensive line is all but set. The tight end room is deep. The receiving corps is young and plentiful. Xazavian Valladay will be the featured back. The rest, Craig Bohl said, will have to fall in line and separate themselves.
A few felines are still suffocating in that sack though.
One defensive end position hasn't been decided -- or shared publicly. Same goes for the outside linebacker spot and basically the entirety of the special teams units.
Whomever those players will be, they will be replacing Solomon Byrd, Cassh Maluia, Austin Conway and the program's all-time leading scorer, placekicker Cooper Rothe, among others.
No pressure, fellas.
That news should all come when the first depth chart is expected to be revealed leading up the Oct. 24 season opener in Reno.
"I think we’re getting pretty far along in determining who our linebackers will be," Bohl said. "I’m going to hold on announcing anything on that, the same with the defensive ends.
"We’ll release that come this Monday."
Bohl said he knows who will handle kickoffs and punting duties.
Well, that's tricky.
Some of the guys who will likely litter that unit have spent the better of two weeks quarantined in a dorm room.
"That is a great question, because it certainly is a different look,” Bohl said when asked if missing 31 freshmen in camp will affect coverage units. "We were well pleased with the recruiting of this freshmen class, and we were well pleased with the work they had done this summer. Unfortunately, the number of freshmen who will be playing in this first game, I think will be very, very minimal. So, we’re not going to be counting on those guys right away."
In layman's terms -- look for starters and role players to be chasing down kickoffs and punt returns at Nevada.
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As far as the signal callers go, the lone mystery remaining is who will be under center on the Cowboys' first offensive snap.
"I think we’ll make a decision after this Saturday," Bohl said. "I think we’re going to stay with our overall statement that both guys will play. Right now, Sean has a little bit of an edge off of his body of work, but we’re well pleased with Levi.
"I want to make real clear that (offensive coordinator Brent) Vigen and myself feel very comfortable playing either one of them, and both of them will be playing in the games."
How about this for suspense -- will both ever be on the field at the same time?
"If I told you that, I'd be tipping my hand," Bohl joked. "I said both guys would play, I didn't say they would play at the same time."
Wyoming tight end Nate Weinman wasn't divulging secrets, either. But one thing the junior did say about the quarterbacks -- be prepared to see more of a passing attack than you did in 2019 when the Cowboys sat near the bottom of the conference in nearly every category.
"I definitely think both are doing a great job and we’re more balanced now,” Weinman said. "I think you’ll see a lot more of the passing game this year. We’re running a lot more pass plays in practice and adding in more plays for the tight ends and the receivers."
Wyoming and Nevada are scheduled to kickoff at 5 p.m. (MST) from Mackay Stadium in Reno.