Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Christensen releases depth chart

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Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen talks to the Cowboys after the Brown and Gold spring game.

Cowboy football depth chart

Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen and his staff released an updated depth chart on Wednesday. The depth chart includes 16 returning starters from last season who earned the No. 1 spots at their position again this spring. Of those 16, seven return on offense, seven on defense and two on special teams.

“We had 15 practices this spring to evaluate our players,” said Christensen. “Several players were limited with injuries, and so we weren’t able to fully evaluate all of our guys, but this is the depth chart entering the fall. All of our players know that when fall camp begins, the evaluation process will continue. They will once again have an opportunity to compete for a starting position.”

The returning offensive starters from last season who are listed No. 1 on the final spring depth chart include seniors Jesson Salyards (tight end), Greg Bolling (wide receiver) and Ryan Otterson (offensive tackle); juniors Sam Sterner (offensive guard) and David Leonard (wide receiver) and sophomores Clayton Kirven (offensive tackle) and Brandon Stewart (wide receiver).

The other players listed No. 1 at their offensive positions entering the fall are seniors Karsten Sween (quarterback) and Russ Arnold (center), who both having starting experience from previous seasons; junior Darius Terry (running back) and freshman Nick Carlson (offensive guard).

On defense, the seven returning starters from 2008 who are listed No. 1 at their positions entering the fall include seniors John Fletcher (defensive tackle), Mitch Unrein (defensive end) and Weston Johnson (outside linebacker); juniors Chris Prosinski (free safety) and Marcell Gipson (cornerback); and sophomores Tashaun Gipson (cornerback) and Gabe Knapton (inside linebacker).

One returning starter from last season who missed most of 2009 spring drills and is listed No. 2 at noseguard is senior Fred Givens. He will battle sophomore Alex Stover for that starting spot. Stover is listed No. 1 at noseguard entering the fall. The other defensive players No. 1 at their positions coming out of the spring are: senior Matt Barella (outside linebacker); junior Jamichael Hall (strong safety); and sophomore Brian Hendricks (inside linebacker).

Senior place-kicker Jake Scott and sophomore punter Austin McCoy also earned the No. 1 spots at their positions coming out of spring. Both started for the Cowboys last season.

The Wyoming Cowboys will report for fall practice on Wednesday, Aug. 5. The first practice of fall camp will be Aug. 6. Media day will be held on Saturday, Aug. 8 in the afternoon.

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