It is has been a very slow offseason for the football players other than signing day. That is actually a nice change of pace after some of the news and drama that has happened the past couple years. There has been plenty of shuffling with the coaches but the roster has appeared to stay intact.
With spring practice starting in March there will be a certainly be more news as that draws nearer. The first casualty of spring was announced this week with senior running back Brandon Miller who suffered a non-football injury this week. The specific injury was not released by the school but it is serious enough to cause him to miss all of the spring drills and the spring game. WyoSports wrote that the injury is believed to be a broken arm.
Tthis injury is obviously big for Miller who is heading into his senior year. He has bounced back and forth between running back and receiver the last couple years. Now this will provide an opportunity for the crop of underclassmen running backs to gain more reps/confidence and experience. They are the future of the team and the run game certainly struggled last year. Their growth will be essential if the Cowboys look to make a bowl game in 2013.
D.J. May and Shaun Wick will be the top battling for the starting spot with Miller on the shelf. May led the team last with 369 yards rushing a 4.79 yard average. Wick ran for 350 yards and scored four touchdowns. Wick was injured at the end of last of the year but is expected to be ready to go this spring.
Another name to keep your eye out for is freshmen Omar Stover who enrolled in January after graduating early from Bollingbrook HS (IL). The 6-0 195lb Stover could make a name for himself with a strong spring. Certainly this is anyone's job to win. Regardless of the starter a rotation will certainly utilized as Coach Christensen has stated he expects the team to become more run oriented this season as he provides more insight on the offense.