Pokes ponder life after Allen, look strong on defense

WYOMING – As scrimmages continue in Laramie, the Wyoming Cowboys are solidifying a starting lineup that will be heavy on the defensive side of the ball.

While the Pokes will no longer enjoy the services of their star QB Josh Allen behind center, a bright side is the defense. Head coach Craig Bohl’s rebuild appears to be on schedule even with the departure of Allen to the NFL draft this year.

Coming off of back-to-back 8-win seasons, the Poke defense in particular has been a strength. Last year, the Cowboys’ defense was among league leaders and ranked No. 1 in the nation in takeaways.

Led by senior All-America candidates Andrew Wingard, SS, and Carl Granderson, DE, Wyoming will likely be turning the ball over to its offense early and often. But can the Pokes move the ball?

Bohl named Tyler Vander Waal his starting quarterback back in spring camp. The redshirt freshman has a long way to go and he’ll make mistakes but Bohl likes his big arm and playmaking abilities.

Wyoming will open the 2018 season at New Mexico State on August 25. The game’s start has been pushed back in order for it to be broadcast on ESPN2. It will now will now kick off at 8pm Mountain Time.

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