Projecting Regular Season Stats

Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

The Cowboys are off to a torrid pace this season. We take look at what they may achieve.

After four games the Cowboys are looking impressive in several categories.  The sad thing about writing that sentence is that it means that the regular season is already one third complete.  But at least Wyoming has two bye weeks so this season will stretch out even further and hopefully end with a bowl game.

With so many records being broken this year it makes you wonder what things will look like at the end of the year.  With four games we have a decent sample size so that any outliers can be balanced out better.  What I've done is basically just take the current stats and multiply by three to achieve our results.  Completely accurate? No way.  Still if some of these figures end being reached then it will be incredibly impressive.

With some tough defenses in the latter portion of the schedule it will certainly be difficult to continue some of these rates of production.

Let's take a look at what the future may hold for the Cowboys.

QB

Brett Smith: 3945 passing yards, 39 touchdowns and nine interceptions.  997 rushing yards and four touchdowns.

Finishing with nearly 5,000 total yards of total offense would be an incredible feat for Smith and rank as one of the best seasons in Mountain West history.  It seems like every week he improves his game even more. Johnny Manziel was the only player to break 5,000 yards of total offense last year and he needed 13 games to do so.

RB

Shaun Wick: 1069 yards rushing and 15 rushing touchdowns.

Brandon Miller: 498 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns, 258 passing yards and three touchdowns.

Even though Wick has seen his yardage totals decrease the last couple weeks that hasn't kept him out of the endzone.  Amazing that he is still on pace for a 1,000 yard rushing season.  His 15 touchdowns would be one more than Alvester Alexander had in 2010.  Devin Moore was the last Wyoming running back to rush over 1,000 yards back in 2008.

WR

Dominic Rufran: 99 catches for 1,155 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Robert Herron: 69 catches for 1,071 yards and six touchdowns.

Tanner Gentry: 66 catches for 681 yards.

Jalen Claiborne: 42 catches for 441 yards and nine touchdowns.

It appears that "Wide Receiver U" is back!  The last Wyoming receiver to break a 1,000 yards receiving was Jovon Bouknight back in 2005.  To have have two players do it in the same year takes us back to an era long ago.  Amazing that Rufran is on track finish with nearly 100 receptions.  Tanner Gentry is getting better and better each week.  If he finishes with 681 yards that would have led Wyoming in three of the last five seasons.

TACKLES

If they keep up these statistics there would be four defenders that would eclipse 100 tackles on the year: Jordan Stanton, Marqueston Huff, Lucas Wacha and Eddie Yarbrough.  It's nice to see linebackers and defensive linemen getting most of the tackles as opposed to the secondary like most years.  Huff saw over half of his tackles take place in the first game of the year against Nebraska.

SACKS

Sophomore Eddie Yarbrough is on pace for 13.5 sacks.  Last year Wyoming only had 10 total as a team.  Sonny Puletasi is currently projected to finish with 7.5.  The defensive line has done much better this year at putting pressure on the quarterback and that has certainly paid off.

Obviously there is a lot of football yet to be played.  Still it is impressive to see what kind of potential this team has to finish the year.  Coming within 80-90% of these projections would still mean a tremendous season.

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