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)
Last Thursday the school announced that sophomore running back Kody Suttonhad left the team for personal reasons. Sutton later spoke with reporters and said his mom was sick and he needed to be closer to his home in Texarkana, TX.
He stayed in town this weekend and watched the Pokes second scrimmage. He also used this weekend to talk to his family and fully assess the situation. I guess changing schools and moving all that way isn't required as Sutton has decided to stay in Laramie. He met with Coach Christenen and he was able to rejoin the team, he participated fully in practice this morning.
Last week Sutton was fourth on the depth chart and didn't perform great in the first scrimmage. Perhaps the situation with his mom was effecting his performance and he wasn't able to really focus well because of his family situation. Certainly wish her the best.
The school released a statement from Coach Christensen this morning regarding Sutton rejoining the team and it sheds some light on what is happening.
It is posted just after the jump.
"Kody (Sutton) had some personal issues that he was able to work out," said Wyoming head football coach Dave Christensen. "He came to me this weekend, and asked if he could come back on the team. We’re glad to have him back, and I think he’s excited to be back.
"I thought he was going to be finished (as a Wyoming Cowboy). But he was able to work through some things, and he has some personal issues going on that I’m not going to get into because they are personal. But he didn’t leave our program last week on bad terms by any means. He’s part of our program, he’s part of our family.
"He is fourth on the depth chart, and will have to earn his way back up the depth chart.
"When you recruit young men to your program you never want to see any of them leave. It’s good to have Kody back with us, and it’s good to know that he will still have an opportunity to earn his degree from the University of Wyoming."
This now gives the Cowboys five running backs on scholarship, four of which are healthy. Sutton and Brandon Miller are the only two running backs on the roster that played last year. Sophomore Nehemie Kankalongo is dealing with a shoulder injury and is out 4-6 weeks.
Wyoming won't release an updated depth chart until after their final scrimmage which takes place this Wednesday. This would be how I would project the current depth chart for Pokes at running back.
Sutton will need to have a nice performance on Wednesday if he wants to move up the depth chart. Cowboy fans can certainly breathe easier now knowing the there are four backs available. It was certainly scary to think about heading into week one with only three active members of the backfield.