Cowboy scholarship numbers back up to 80

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--Wyoming entered the 2012 fall with 80 scholarship players. That's a far cry from the 62 the Cowboys had two seasons ago. The Casper Star-Tribune reported that coach Dave Christensen inherited 77 scholarship players when he took over the team in 2009. That number dropped to 62 in 2010 as injuries, academic issues and defections took its toll on a team that finished 3-9. The team had 76 scholarship players last season.

--It's been an interesting fall camp for K Daniel Sullivan and RB Kody Sutton. Sullivan was reportedly out for the year because of an undisclosed medical condition, but days later he returned to the team and now has no plans of redshirting.

"I'm back quicker than was planned," Sullivan told the Casper Star-Tribune. "I recovered quick. I'm good to go."

Sutton quit the team for personal reasons when Sullivan returned, but Sutton also rejoined the team days later.

Texas leads 4-0 (last meeting, 2010, 34-7 Texas)

Coach Dave Christensen believes Wyoming has its most talented and deepest set of skill players since he's been head coach. QB Brett Smith put the offense on his shoulders in 2011. Christensen does not expect a repeat in 2012. WRs Chris McNeill and Robert Herron are ingrained in the scheme, and the Cowboys hope to test Longhorns DBs Quandre Diggs and Carrington Byndom, who combined for six interceptions, 30 pass breakup and 36 pass deflections in 2011. The Wyoming running game must rely on four backs with limited experience, plus Smith, to take on a Texas unit that yielded just 96.2 yards rushing last season.

Though the Cowboys have been secretive about what they're going to do, they have to find a way to stop the Texas RB tandem of Joe Bergeron and Malcolm Brown, who combined for 1,253 yards and 10 TDs in 2011. As a unit, the Longhorns averaged 202.6 rushing yards per game. The Cowboys have a lot of experience on the defensive line with three seniors starting, and they're hoping their younger but more athletic LB corps can help slow the Texas attack.

"I know our situation last year with the run defense. We have to fix that before we get too fancy." -- Wyoming defensive line coach Derrick LeBlanc, about a unit that gave up 232.0 yards per game on the ground, to the Casper Star-Tribune.

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