2017 Wyoming Cowboys football
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl champion
ConferenceMountain West Conference
DivisionMountain Division
2017 record8–5 (5–3 MW)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorBrent Vigen (4th season)
Offensive schemePro-style
Defensive coordinatorScottie Hazelton (1st season)
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumWar Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 30,181)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Mountain West Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
Mountain Division
No. 22 Boise State xy$   7 1     11 3  
Colorado State   5 3     7 6  
Wyoming   5 3     8 5  
Utah State   4 4     6 7  
Air Force   4 4     5 7  
New Mexico   1 7     3 9  
West Division
Fresno State xy   7 1     10 4  
San Diego State   6 2     10 3  
UNLV   4 4     5 7  
Nevada   3 5     3 9  
Hawaii   1 7     3 9  
San Jose State   1 7     2 11  
Championship: Boise State 17, Fresno State 14
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017 Wyoming Cowboys football team represented the University of Wyoming during the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Cowboys were coached by fourth-year head coach Craig Bohl and played their home games at War Memorial Stadium. They participated in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West Conference. This was their first year with new defensive coordinator Scottie Hazelton, who was previously an NFL linebackers coach with Jacksonville Jaguars for three seasons and was also Bohl's defensive coordinator for two seasons at North Dakota State.[1] They finished the season 8–5, 5–3 in Mountain West play to finish in a tie for second place in the Mountain Division. They were invited to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl where they defeated Central Michigan.

Previous season

The Cowboys finished the season 8–6 overall (6–2 in Mountain West play). They finished in a three-way tie for the Mountain Division title. After tiebreakers, they represented the Mountain Division in, and hosted, the Mountain West Championship Game where they lost to San Diego State. They were invited to the Poinsettia Bowl where they lost to BYU.

2017 recruiting class

Wyoming signed 23 high school players and one transfer.[2]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 210:00 a.m.at Iowa*BTNL 3–2468,075
September 92:00 p.m.Gardner–Webb*ATTSNRMW 27–019,051
September 165:00 p.m.Oregon*
  • War Memorial Stadium
  • Laramie, WY
CBSSNL 13–4929,139
September 238:15 p.m.Hawaii
ESPN2W 28–21 OT17,796
September 302:00 p.m.Texas State*
  • War Memorial Stadium
  • Laramie, WY
StadiumW 45–1021,784
October 142:30 p.m.at Utah StateStadiumW 28–2322,234
October 218:15 p.m.at Boise StateESPN2L 14–2435,565
October 285:30 p.m.New Mexicodagger
  • War Memorial Stadium
  • Laramie, WY
ESPNUW 42–318,249
November 45:00 p.m.Colorado State
CBSSNW 16–1322,840
November 118:15 p.m.at Air ForceESPNUW 28–1424,257
November 1812:00 p.m.Fresno State
  • War Memorial Stadium
  • Laramie, WY
ATTSNRML 7–1315,440
November 255:00 p.m.at San Jose StateESPN3L 17–2012,653
December 222:00 p.m.vs. Central Michigan*
ESPNW 37–1416,512

Personnel

Coaching staff

Name Position Seasons at
Wyoming
Alma mater Before Wyoming
Craig Bohl Head Coach 4 Nebraska (1982) North Dakota State – Head Coach (2013)
Brent Vigen Associate Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks 4 North Dakota State (1998) North Dakota State – Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks (2013)
Scottie Hazelton Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers 1 Fort Lewis (1997) Jacksonville Jaguars – Assistant Linebackers (2016)
Mike Bath Running Backs / Fullbacks 4 Miami, Ohio (2001) Miami, Ohio – Interim Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator (2013)
AJ Cooper Special Teams Coordinator / Defensive Ends 4 North Dakota State (2006) North Dakota State – Defensive Ends / Co-Special Teams (2013)
Jake Dickert Safeties 1 Wisconsin–Stevens Point (2007) South Dakota State – Co-Special Teams / Safeties (2016)
Scott Fuchs Offensive Line 4 North Dakota State (1995) North Dakota State (2013)
Mike Grant Wide Receivers 2 Nebraska (1993) North Texas – Wide Receivers / Receiving Coordinator (2014)
Pete Kaligis Defensive Tackles / Nose Tackles 9 Washington (1994) Montana – Offensive Line (2008)
John Richardson Cornerbacks 4 North Dakota State (2010) North Dakota State – Cornerbacks (2013)
Gordie Haug Director of Recruiting 4 Bemidji State (2009) North Dakota State – Running Backs (2013)
Aaron Bohl Defensive Graduate Assistant 1 Minnesota State Moorhead (2016) Minnesota State Moorhead – Linebacker
Jacob Claborn Offensive Graduate Assistant 2 California Lutheran (2009) Central Washington – Offensive Line (2015)
Josh Firm Offensive Graduate Assistant 3 Missouri S&T (2013) Bron-Villeurbanne Falcons – Offensive Coordinator (2014)
Rob Schlaeger Defensive Graduate Assistant 1 Southwest Minnesota State (2015) West Florida – Outside Linebackers (2016)

Roster

2017 Wyoming Cowboys Football

Quarterbacks

  •  1 Nick Szpor – Sophomore (6'3", 205)
  • 15 Nick Smith –
    Junior (6'4", 231)
  • 17 Josh Allen (C)
    Junior (6'5", 233)
  • 18 Tyler Vander Waal – Freshman (6'4", 210)

Tailbacks

  •  3 Milo Hall –
    Sophomore (5'8", 190)
  •  4 Xazavian Valladay – Freshman (6'0", 185)
  • 16 Trey Dorfner – Freshman (6'0", 175)
  • 22 Nico Evans –
    Junior (5'9", 211)
  • 23 Mike Green II –
    Freshman (5'11", 205)
  • 24 Jerard Swan –
    Freshman (6'0", 182)
  • 28 Garrett Gardner –
    Sophomore (6'0", 205)
  • 29 Kellen Overstreet –
    Sophomore (5'11', 216)

Fullbacks

  • 34 Jeff Burroughs –
    Freshman (6'1", 242)
  • 35 Jaylon Watson –
    Sophomore (6'0", 245)
  • 36 Drew Van Maanen (C)
    Senior (6'1", 241)
  • 38 Garrett Shipman – Freshman (6'2", 232)
  • 47 Matt List – Junior (5'11", 240)

Wide Receivers

  •  2 Jared Scott – Freshman (6'6", 215)
  •  9 Isaac Leppke –
    Freshman (6'4", 187)
  • 12 Dontae Crow –
    Freshman (5'9", 172)
  • 13 John Okwoli – Sophomore (6'2", 207)
  • 14 C.J. Johnson –
    Sophomore (6'2", 204)
  • 19 Ayden Eberhardt –
    Freshman (6'2", 190)
  • 21 Erik Spurlin-Renfroe – Freshman (6'1", 180)
  • 24 Jerard Swan –
    Freshman (6'0", 182)
  • 25 Austin Conway –
    Sophomore (5'10", 178)
  • 26 Avante' Cox – Freshman (5'11", 170)
  • 31 Isaac Jefferson –
    Sophomore (5'8", 152)
  • 39 Justyn Stindt – Freshman (6'2", 185)
  • 80 James Price – Junior (6'2", 208)
  • 82 Luke Padula – Freshman (6'0", 185)
  • 88 EC Ogu – Freshman (6'2", 175)
  • 89 Parker Dumas –
    Freshman (6'5", 216)

Tight Ends

  • 33 Josh Harshman – Junior (6'3", 235)
  • 81 Austin Fort
    Junior (6'4", 244)
  • 83 Mason Keeler – Freshman (6'6", 240)
  • 84 Nate Weinman – Freshman (6'7", 235)
  • 85 Tyree Mayfield –
    Junior (6'3", 241)
  • 87 Sam Maughan –
    Freshman (6'3", 220)
 

Offensive Linemen

  • 55 Gavin Rush – Sophomore (6'3", 298)
  • 57 Patrick Arnold – Freshman (6'3", 290)
  • 59 Ryan Cummings – Senior (6'6", 309)
  • 61 Kaden Jackson – Junior (6'2", 294)
  • 62 Rudy Stofer – Freshman (6'6", 255)
  • 64 Zach Thatcher –
    Freshman (6'5", 282)
  • 67 Cole Turner –
    Junior (6'4", 293)
  • 68 Dalton Fields –
    Senior (6'3", 288)
  • 69 Eric Abojei – Freshman (6'5", 320)
  • 71 Jace Webb –
    Freshman (6'4", 309)
  • 72 Zach Wallace – Junior (6'7", 303)
  • 73 Keegan Cryder – Freshman (6'4", 240)
  • 74 Brinkley Jolly –
    Junior (6'5", 277)
  • 75 Dustin Weeks –
    Freshman (6'8", 291)
  • 76 Justis Borton –
    Freshman (6'2", 253)
  • 77 Pahl Schwab –
    Sophomore (6'5", 302)
  • 78 Alonzo Velazquez – Freshman (6'6", 270)
  • 79 Logan Harris – Freshman (6'3", 275)

Defensive Linemen

  • 29 Garrett Crall –
    Freshman (6'5", 235)
  • 37 Josh Calvert –
    Freshman (6'0", 214)
  • 42 Kevin Prosser – Junior (6'2", 223)
  • 44 Victor Jones – Freshman (6'4", 235)
  • 51 Trevor Meader –
    Sophomore (6'4", 239)
  • 53 Josiah Hall –
    Sophomore (6'1", 243)
  • 54 Austin Lopez –
    Sophomore (6'3", 223)
  • 58 Nela Lolohea – Senior (6'1", 253)
  • 63 Ravontae Holt – Freshman (6'4", 260)
  • 86 Javaree Jackson – Freshman (6'5", 250)
  • 87 Conner Cain –
    Junior (6'4", 283)
  • 90 Gavin Dunayski – Freshman (6'6", 250)
  • 91 Carl GrandersonJunior (6'5", 243)
  • 92 Shiloh Windsor – Sophomore (6'3", 234)
  • 93 Youhanna Ghaifan –
    Sophomore (6'4", 290)
  • 94 Hunter Lee – Freshman (6'4", 281)
  • 95 Dylan Leston – Freshman (6'5", 240)
  • 96 Sidney Malauulu –
    Junior (6'3", 307)
  • 99 Brent Gilliland –
    Sophomore (6'2", 282)
 

Linebackers

  •  7 Chavez Pownell Jr. –
    Junior (5'11", 202)
  •  8 Jalen Ortiz –
    Senior (5'10", 196)
  • 30 Logan Wilson (C)
    Sophomore (6'2", 229)
  • 35 Skyler Miller –
    Freshman (5'11", 204)
  • 41 Davon Wells-Ross – Freshman (6'5", 190)
  • 43 Ben Wisdorf –
    Sophomore (6'1", 222)
  • 45 Adam Pilapil –
    Junior (6'1", 213)
  • 46 Cassh MaluiaSophomore (6'0", 230)
  • 48 Trey Woods – Freshman (6'3", 210)
  • 49 Trevon Weaver – Freshman (6'2", 215)
  • 50 Ryan Gatoloai-Faupula – Freshman (6'1", 210)
  • 52 Jahmari Moore –
    Freshman (6'2", 232)
  • 55 Ryan Mazzola – Freshman (6'2", 220)

Defensive Backs

  •  2 Robert Priester – Senior (5'9", 180)
  •  3 Alijah Halliburton – Sophomore (6'2", 190)
  •  4 Antonio Hull – Junior (5'10", 192)
  •  5 Rico GaffordSenior (5'11", 182)
  •  6 Marcus Epps (C)
    Junior (6'0", 206)
  •  9 Tyler HallSophomore (5'10", 184)
  • 11 DeAndre Watson –
    Sophomore (5'11", 181)
  • 13 Brennan Kutterer – Freshman (6'1", 200)
  • 16 Riley Sessions –
    Freshman (5'11", 196)
  • 18 Keyon Blankenbaker – Freshman (5'10", 170)
  • 19 Anthony Makransky –
    Junior (5'10", 184)
  • 22 Sidney Washington Jr. –
    Freshman (5'9", 167)
  • 23 Tim Kamana –
    Senior (5'11", 213)
  • 24 Braden Smith –
    Freshman (5'10", 190)
  • 25 Esaias Gandy – Freshman (6'1", 183)
  • 27 C.J. Coldon – Freshman (6'1", 175)
  • 28 Andrew WingardJunior (6'0", 209)
  • 40 Taylor Dodd – Freshman (6'2", 195)

Placekickers

  • 40 Cooper Rothe – Sophomore (5'11", 174)

Punter

  • 15 Tim Zaleski – Freshman (6'5", 215)

Long Snapper

  • 91 Kolton Donovan – Senior (6'3", 250)

Statistics

source:[3]

Team

Offense

Defense

Key: SOLO: Solo Tackles, AST: Assisted Tackles, TOT: Total Tackles, TFL: Tackles-for-loss, SACK: Quarterback Sacks, INT: Interceptions, BU: Passes Broken Up, QBH: Quarterback Hits, FF: Forced Fumbles, FR: Fumbles Recovered, BLK: Kicks or Punts Blocked, SAF: Safeties

Special teams

Scores by quarter (all opponents)

1 2 3 4OT Total
All opponents 40 99 38 510 228
Wyoming 69 125 47 577 305

Awards and honors

All-Conference Teams

First Team

Youhanna Ghaifan, So., DL

Carl Granderson, Jr., DL

Andrew Wingard, Jr., DB

Second Team

Logan Wilson, So., LB

Rico Gafford, Sr., DB

Honorable Mention

Josh Allen, Sr., QB

Tyler Hall, So., Ret

Senior Bowls

Josh AllenSenior Bowl

Rico GaffordNFLPA Collegiate Bowl

Box Scores

at Iowa

1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 0 3 0 0 3
Hawkeyes 0 14 7 3 24

See also: 2017 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

Gardner–Webb

1 2 3 4 Total
Runnin' Bulldogs 0 0 0 0 0
Cowboys 14 10 0 3 27

See also: 2017 Gardner–Webb Runnin' Bulldogs football team


Oregon

1 2 3 4 Total
Ducks 14 28 0 7 49
Cowboys 10 0 3 0 13

See also: 2017 Oregon Ducks football team


Hawaii

1 2 3 4OT Total
Rainbow Warriors 0 7 7 70 21
Cowboys 0 7 7 77 28

See also: 2017 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors football team and Hawaii–Wyoming football rivalry


Texas State

1 2 3 4 Total
Bobcats 0 10 0 0 10
Cowboys 0 31 14 0 45

See also: 2017 Texas State Bobcats football team


at Utah State

1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 3 6 7 12 28
Aggies 6 10 0 7 23

See also: 2017 Utah State Aggies football team and Utah State–Wyoming football rivalry


at Boise State

1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 7 0 7 0 14
Broncos 0 3 7 14 24

See also: 2017 Boise State Broncos football team


New Mexico

1 2 3 4 Total
Lobos 0 0 0 3 3
Cowboys 7 35 0 0 42

See also: 2017 New Mexico Lobos football team


Colorado State

1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 3 7 0 3 13
Cowboys 0 6 3 7 16

See also: 2017 Colorado State Rams football team and Border War (Colorado State–Wyoming rivalry)


at Air Force

1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 7 14 0 7 28
Falcons 0 7 7 0 14

See also: 2017 Air Force Falcons football team


Fresno State

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 3 7 3 0 13
Cowboys 0 0 0 7 7

See also: 2017 Fresno State Bulldogs football team


at San Jose State

1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 0 7 3 7 17
Spartans 7 6 0 7 20

See also: 2017 San Jose State Spartans football team


vs. Central Michigan–Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

1 2 3 4 Total
Chippewas 7 0 7 0 14
Cowboys 21 6 3 7 37

See also: 2017 Central Michigan Chippewas football team and 2017 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl


Players in the 2018 NFL Draft

See also: 2018 NFL Draft

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Josh Allen QB 1 7 Buffalo Bills
Rico Gafford CB UDFA - Tennessee Titans

References