Coach Craig Bohl and his Wyoming staff have released their first Spring football depth chart for the 2015 season. The roster as a whole is still quite young and lacking depth in many positions. Injuries to some positions have made the first initial depth chart cloudy when it pertains to the Fall. With that said, these injuries have allowed some players to get more reps than they normally would've received this Spring.
The secondary has been the hardest hit so far when it comes to injuries, most notably the safety positions. With Xavier Lewis and D.J. May being sidelined, two new freshman have moved to the top of the first depth chart at free safety in red-shirt freshman Adam Pilapil (6'1", 182-pounds) and freshman Isaiah Jefferson (5'10", 170-pounds). Both Lewis and May could be in the mix for the starting strong safety position as well.
The linebackers are a position that are very inexperienced and with senior linebacker Malkaam Muhammad (6'0", 228-pounds) being on the injury list, only junior weak-side linebacker Lucas Wacha (6'1", 215-pounds) returns with any real game experience at the linebacker position. The group as a whole not only lacks experience but lacks size. Currently the three starting linebackers follows with converted safety Tim Kamana (5'11", 196-pounds) playing strong-side linebacker, converted tight-end Eric Nzeocha (6'3", 211-pounds) playing middle linebacker and Lucas Wacha (6'1", 215-pounds) playing weak-side linebacker. The positive of the linebacker group is that they will bring plenty of speed to the defensive side of the ball.
The defensive line (ends and tackles) have good depth and blend of experience/youth led by All-Mountain West senior left-end Eddie Yarbrough (6'3", 251-pounds) and junior defensive tackle Uso Olive (6'1", 301-pounds).
The cornerbacks as a whole are young but there is a lot of new talent in the mix. Only sophomore Robert Priester (5'9", 170-pounds) is hindered by injuries at this moment and he should definitely be in the mix for a starting position come Fall.
Offensively injuries have luckily not been a issue. Only red-shirt senior wide receiver Justin Berger (6'2", 200-pounds) has been out for any period of time this Spring.
Depth along the offensive line is being worked out and staying healthy upfront will go a long ways for this unit this coming season. The offensive line as a whole is quite young, with only two seniors in the mix with converted defensive tackle Troy Boyland (6'2", 297-pounds) at the top of the depth chart at right guard and Rafe Kiely (6'3", 306-pounds) who is battling sophomore Charlie Renfree (6'3", 270-pounds) for the starting center position. Kiely was the starter last season.
The quarterback position is starting to solidify with red-shirt senior Cameron Coffman (6'2", 186-pounds) leading the way. One new positional switch is red-shirt freshman Austin Fort (6'4", 218-pounds) moving from quarterback to tight-end.
The running back position has good depth and talent. The Cowboys are looking for a third back to step up behind senior Shaun Wick (5'10", 212-pounds) and sophomore Brian Hill (6'1", 205-pounds). At this moment sophomore Joshua Tapscott (5'9", 205-pounds) and red-shirt freshman Nico Evans (5'9", 186-pounds) are battling out for the third spot but incoming Parade All-American freshman Kellen Overstreet (5'11", 200-pounds) could definitely be in the mix come Fall.
Both the fullback and tight-end (Y) positions see familiar faces manning the starting spots in sophomore Drew Van Maanen (6'1", 222-pounds) and senior Jacob Hollister (6'4", 230-pounds).
Lastly with the wide receivers we find the two most productive and experienced receivers start at the top of the X and Z positions. Z receiver is junior Jake Maulhardt (6'6", 215-pounds) and X receiver is junior Tanner Gentry (6'2", 200-pounds). The position as a whole will see a major influx of talent come this Fall but in the mean time both Maulhardt and Gentry look to lock down their starting spots this Spring.
The depth chart as a whole is quite fluid and it is bound to change as Spring ball nears its end.