September 15, 2012; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Idaho Vandals head coach Robb Akey yells from the sideline against the LSU Tigers during the first half at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Idaho 63-14. Mandatory Credit: Crystal Logiudice-US PRESSWIRE
The Cowboys head to Moscow, ID this weekend and they certainly will not be at full strength. Injuries have taken their toll recently and now two players have left the program.
Junior WR T.J. Smith was dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules. Smith had some clutch catches in 2010 but has had problems with academics and was suspended at the beginning of the season for this violating team rules as well. Senior OG Zach Rushing has left the teams for personal reasons but remains in Laramie. Rushing lost the starting position at RG to Jake Jones after fall camp finished. He was injured last week in practice. Some rumors out that there that Rushing had a serious injury and he wouldn't be able to make it back this year.
Wish both players the best in the future. The offensive line was really beat up last week and it certainly didn't help the production of the offense last week against Cal Pol. Redshirt freshmen Austin Traphagan and Rafe Kiely both got their first playing time last week due to injuries to Josh Leonard and Jake Jones. This week Leonard and Jones are both listed as starters with Traphagan and Kiely as backups.
There are several players listed as doubtful for the Idaho game: QB Brett Smith, WR Robert Herron, RB Brandon Miller and DE Miraldo Michel.
Colby Kirkegaard is listed as the starter and Jason Thompson is his backup. Last week the offense was fairly limited under Kirkegaard but that was partially due to the play calling. He was only allowed to make short passes. Do you want see Thompson get the start or give Colby another chance? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
Will Michel hurting, Eddie Yarbrough will get his first start at right defensive end. Michel is listed the backup, if he can't go perhaps Mark Willis will see the field and the #freemarkwillis movement will be overjoyed. Patrick Mertens remains the starter at right defensive tackle. Kurt Taufa'asua is back and listed as the backup.
Last week DeAndre Jones got the start at cornerback ahead of Marquestion Huff. Jones had the only interception for the Pokes, still he is listed as the backup behind Blair Burns this week. Huff is starting again, his backup is Darrenn White.