WYO RB Kody Sutton Leaves Team, K Daniel Sullivan Returns

BOISE, ID - NOVEMBER 26: Kody Sutton #3 of the Wyoming Cowboys runs the ball against the Boise State Broncos at Bronco Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)

This afternoon Wyoming released a press release detailing the scrimmage on Saturday. It featured both shocking positive and negative news.

After a paragraph complementing the play of Brandon Miller and the freshmen duo of D.J. May and Shaun Wick was a sentence with the loss of a key returner.

Christensen announced on Thursday that sophomore running back Kody Sutton has decided to leave the program for personal reasons.

That is all the information the school will probably ever say on the situation. On his twitter account Sutton said that he some family things going on and needed to head back home. He mentioned on August 2nd that his mom got sick right before he left for fall camp.

In 2011 Sutton appeared in seven games, rushing 30 times for 146 yards. In the first scrimmage of fall camp he ran for 15 yards on six carries.

There was some positive news in the release is that sophomore kicker Daniel Sullivan has rejoined the team. He had been expected to redshirt this year after dealing with a medical issue.

The Cowboys are now down to just three healthy scholarship running backs with the loss of Sutton. The injury to Nehemie Kankalongo is an even bigger blow now. He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with an arm injury suffered in the first scrimmage.

It is amazing how deeply the running back position has flip-flopped in a year. Last August we were looking at a very experienced group led by Alvester Alexander, Ghaali Muhaamad and Sutton. None of them are an option at this point. I loved Muhammad at running back last year and would love for him to make the switch back. I don't have a say in the situation though.

This scrimmage will be very important to see who the team plugs into the running back group. Zaquoya Parham is a walk on but still had seven carries for 14 yards in the first scrimmage. Tedder Easton got several carries in spring drills, he may be another candidate. Seems like Sutton is likely to end up UTSA. He has a friend on the roster and is now following several UTSA accounts on twitter.

Don't let the tough news about Sutton stop you from celebrating the return of Sullivan. Last week it was considered "90%" that he would redshirt, now he is back practicing with the team. Even if he doesn't play this year, the fact he is considered healthy enough to resume football activities is a huge achievement. Great to have more depth at kicker and give the special forces a lift.

I was expecting this to be a slow news afternoon. That certainly turned out to be wrong.

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