A closer look at the Wyomingites wearing the brown and gold

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University of Wyoming football head coach Craig Bohl will release his first fall depth chart any day now. Some players such as linebacker Logan Wilson and tight end Austin Fort — from Casper and Gillette, respectively — know their spot atop the list while others will wait for the release of the depth chart for affirmation of their standing.

The UW roster as a whole features 17 Wyomingites and while many have donned red shirts and served as practice bodies, some will navigate their way into niches that see them play meaningful snaps this fall and further into their football careers.

But where do all these local faces come from and what do the results tell us?

Three-time defending state champion Sheridan High School, to no great surprise, boasts the most athletes playing collegiate ball in Laramie. Offensive lineman Blayne Baker will begin his UW career this fall, while wide receiver Dontae Crow and safety Riley Sessions have resided in Laramie for the past couple years.

Natrona County High School, last year’s runner-up in 4A, lays claim to a pair of players at UW. Standout linebacker, and future pro, Logan Wilson, and tight end Josh Harshman will both play many meaningful snaps in 2018.

Offensive lineman Frank Crum and safety Taylor Dodd stayed hyper local, playing high school ball at Laramie prior to suiting up for the Pokes. Fort played at Campbell County, and linebacker Ben Wisdorf has Cheyenne East roots to round out the 4A athletes now playing Mountain West football.

Torrington has sent two football players to UW in offensive lineman Logan Harris and linebacker Skyler Miller. A couple 3A teams from the western reaches of the state — Star Valley and Jackson — used to house offensive lineman Pahl Schwab and running back Theo Dawson.

2A football program Wheatland has a pair of players gearing up for the Pokes in offensive lineman Justis Borton and linebacker Josh Calvert.

Rounding out the Wyomingites on UW’s roster are a couple former 1A footballers in safety Brennan Kutterer, who played at Tongue River, and Yoder full back Jeff Burroughs.

So in review, 53 percent of the Wyoming-based talent at UW played high school football at the 4A level, while another 24 percent competed within the 3A ranks. If you divide the state into four sections, 10 of the 17 players come from the southeast portion of the state, five call the northeast portion home, and the remaining two have western-Wyoming roots.

Five of the 15 offensive lineman on UW’s roster come from the Equality State. The average size of the out-of-staters sits at 6-foot-4, 303 pounds while the five Wyomingites average out at 6-4, 278 pounds.

Both local tight ends, Harshman and Fort, gained the fifth- and sixth-most receiving yards last season for the Pokes, and both will catch numerous balls this fall.

UW’s special teams, defensive line and quarterback positions represent the only groups that don’t have a Wyomingite.

Wyoming is the third most-represented state on the roster as California and Colorado lead the way with 27 and 19 players, respectively.

Wyomingites have a place within the UW football program and the numbers bear that out. While not all will significantly contribute in 2018, or in their career, there are a few that will make a sizable impact and beam with local pride every step of the way.

By |August 10th, 2018|

About the Author:

Bud Denega joined The Sheridan Press in November 2017 as the primary sports reporter. He is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from the University of Wyoming. Prior to working in Sheridan, Bud spent time as a sports reporter for the Minot Daily News in Minot, North Dakota, before being a sports reporter for the Laredo Morning Times in Laredo, Texas. Email Bud at: bud.denega@thesheridanpress.com

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