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Wyoming Football: Can the Pokes Prove That They Are Cowboy Tough?

Wyoming is having an injury filled 2015. Can they close ranks and improve on a 1-6 start?

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Injuries are part and parcel for any NCAA football team during the course of a season. Some teams are affected more than others. There's no doubt that the 2015 Wyoming Cowboys have seen their fair share of players going down. En route to a 1-6 start, the Cowboys have lost senior quarterback Cameron Coffman for a stretch during the early part of the season, senior RB Shaun Wick, LB Lucas Wacha and DB Robert Priester to concussions, junior nose tackle Chase Appleby to a season ending ACL tear.

Now it looks like it's a possibility that they might not have Biletnikoff watch List WR Tanner Gentry (37 catches, 678 yards) for the upcoming tilt versus Boise State due to a shoulder Injury. Gentry leads the Cowboys in receiving yards and has played the previous games with a painful rib cartilage injury.

Who will fill the breach?

True freshman wide receivers James Price, Joe Parker will have to contribute more to the offensive attack this week versus Boise State. Beware Boise State: Jake Maulhardt, the teams second leading receiver (36 catches, 366 yards) has played very well this year and perhaps we will see more from TE Jacob Hollister (18 catches, 2 TDs), who contributed a touchdown grab in the Pokes victory over Nevada last week. Hollister, an ex quarterback, appears to be coming into his own and might prove to be an X factor/safety blanket for the Mountain West Conference's reigning  offensive player of the week Cameron Coffman.

If Tanner Gentry doesn't suit up against Boise State this Saturday, it might well be the case that youth and and newly found depth make a splash against a solid Boise State defense.