2008 OUTLOOK: Coach Joe Glenn's confidence in the offense stems from the experience he now has on the offensive line. That, coupled with the implementation of a tight end and fullback, will allow the Cowboys a chance to control the football with their running attack. If they can do that, their defense stands a better chance of not wearing down like it has the past two seasons while still managing to finish in the top 25. How well Wyoming can make the transition to a physical running team could determine whether it can return to a bowl game for the first time since 2004.
SCOUTING THE OFFENSE
"All we needed were some birthdays," Glenn says of a line that now will start two seniors, two juniors and a sophomore. He says an improved line will limit the number of seven-step, downfield throws Wyoming's QBs have tried the last two seasons to make the offense go. An improved line should benefit Wynel Seldon more than Devin Moore. Seldon is the between-the-tackles runner. Moore's benefit will come if and when defenses have to stack the line of scrimmage to stop the run and he has more chances to make chunks of yardage around the edges in the open field.
SCOUTING THE DEFENSE
Glenn lauded the spring performance of redshirt freshman MLB Gabe Knapton and feels good about the interior with Knapton and Dobbs backing the veteran defensive line. OLBs Weston Johnson and Mike Juergens could help form a unit that quietly could be one of the better ones in the MWC. Depth behind the starters on the line is a concern. Glenn has experience at the safety position in seniors Quincy Rogers and Michael Ray, but sophomore Chris Prosinki could be the best player of the group.
SCOUTING THE SPECIAL TEAMS
K Jake Scott had an inconsistent spring, which is a concern to Glenn. He's better at kickoffs, and the Cowboys will give incoming freshman Austin McCoy every chance to compete for a starting job in the fall. P Nick Landess performed well in the spring game after an up-and-down session. Moore will get some open-field opportunities as the kick returner.
--TE Chris Sundberg sat out spring ball because of an injury to the back of his knee. After a visit to noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews, Sundberg should be close to 100 percent in the fall.
--Wyoming also held out Dobbs (shoulder), TE Joe Evers (lower back), ILB Mark Oliver (shoulder), OLV Matt Barella (knee), NG Marcus Felker (foot) and Johnson (disciplinary) for the spring game. All will be ready to go in the fall. RB James Davis suffered a mild neck stinger in the spring game.
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