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Wyoming Loses Starting DT Patrick Merterns To Injury; Other Roster News

Two weeks from the kickoff fall camp, are you ready?

Robert Gagliardi talked with Dave Christensen to get some updates on the football team and the news was a mixed bag.  Let's go ahead and get the bad stuff out of the way here.

Christensen also said sophomore right defensive tackle Patrick Mertens may be lost for the season due to an injury. Mertens played in all 12 games last season as a true freshman and recorded 39 tackles and two sacks.

Of course there are no specifics on the injury since that is how Christensen rolls.

This is a big loss for the defensive line who was on the verge of returning all four starters this year.  According to Gags the top two contenders to fill in for Mertens are Ben Durbin and Kurt Taufa’asau who are both juniors.  The depth at defensive tackle isn't nearly as good as it at defensive end.  JUCO transfer Miraldo Michel is listed at 6-3 286 so he has the size to play tackle, however he works much better playing off the edge.  

BJ Sumter was moved to right guard from defensive tackle during the spring to help out the offensive line.  At 6-1 296 he is certainly a candidate to move back to the defensive side if needed.

The other bad news is that incoming WR London Muse didn't qualify academically so he will have to go the JUCO route.  Last year Wyoming lost two players from their 2010 recruiting class who failed to qualify.  Muse would have provided some depth but there are still four other quality wide receivers in the class.

Now time for the good news!!!!

RB Ghaali Muhammad is progressing well with his rehab and will be ready for the season opener.  Earlier in the summer the prognosis had not sounded as favorable.  Excited to see what he and the rest of the running backs can do this year.

Christensen also confirmed that there will be a walk-on JUCO QB that will be joining the team.  The name of the player can't be released until camp starts.  The leading candidate right now is Cody Sokol out of Scottsdale CC.  He is a pocket passer who would provide some nice depth but the battle will still come down to Brett Smith and Adam Pittser.

Speaking of the QB battle this will thing will certainly a competitive affair.  Haven't heard many updates on Pittser but Brett Smith has been killing it.  In strength tests he has set a couple records for QB's and I believe has been the only freshmen to meet seven specific team strength benchmarks.  He also volunteered to stay an extra week this summer to work with the upperclassmen.  Typically freshmen go home a week early after finishing up their summer school sessions.

In 7on7 drills he has shown that same accuracy that he demonstrated throughout the spring.  Smith is doing everything he can to make sure that he holds onto that #1 spot.  Once August 3rd hits the competition will really heat up with Pittser.  For now you've got to love the spirit and enthusiasm that Smith is bringing to the table.