Mark Willis and Eddie Yarbrough at the 2012 Border War - Cowboy Altitude
A new roster gives us a glance at player attrition and other roster changes.
The Wyoming Athletic Department never sent an official release of players leaving the team or position changes. However with the 2013 football roster recently updated it gives us a chance to piece together all the changes that occurred. Gone are all the seniors from last year and then there were numerous other changes.
Let's break things down.
Junior Nehemie Kankolongo has made the switch from running back to linebacker. He has dealt with numerous injuries over the years and has seen younger players move ahead of him on the depth chart. Hopefully a new position will offer him a fresh start and a chance to see the field. There will now be even more competition at LB this year.
Jeff Roueche is now listed as DE/LB as opposed to just DE like last year. The 6-3 242lb senior played in every game last year and recorded 11 tackles.
There are a couple upperclassmen that are no longer listed on the roster.
Senior DE Mark Willis has seen limited play time the last three years. After appearing in nine games in 2011 he saw that number drop to four games in 2012. His biggest chunk of playing time last year against Idaho and he responded with three tackles and a sack. At 6-4 225 Willis has seen larger players move ahead of him on the depth chart regularly. Willis is set to graduate this year and is still in Laramie. He'll likely end up transferring for his fifth year like Ben Durbin did in 2012. Maybe he'll end up playing closer to his home in Illinois.
OL Travis Bogard was injured last year and that has ended his playing career. He is still enrolled at Wyoming.
LS Zach Ewan is gone as expected. He didn't come back to Laramie for the second semester and Christensen said in the fall that he wasn't returning.
A notable walk-on for the team was supposed to be Nathan Noble. The 29 year old former Marine with a soccer background was supposed to enrolling this winter and Sports Illustrated wrote about his journey. Noble is not listed on the roster and it seems to be a situation where he no longer had any eligibility. A sad end to what could have been an exciting story.
The 2013 recruiting class is obviously the biggest addition. There are also a number of walk-on's listed with the majority of them being from Wyoming.
Luke Leddige was a track athlete at Portland State and transferred to Wyoming to play with his brother Nathan an redshirt freshmen OL. Luke is a junior wide receiver and listed at 6-2 205.
One walk-on came from very far away. WR Oscar Nevermann is a 6-1 210lb freshmen from Stockholm, Sweden. He played a variety of positions in Sweden where he competed on the National Junior team.