2023 Wyoming Cowboys Football Season Preview

Prepare for an enlightening interview with Ryan Thorburn, esteemed college football analyst, as he imparts his expert analysis on the much-anticipated 2023 Wyoming Cowboys football season. In this exclusive dialogue with CFBDynasty, Thorburn will delve into the team’s strengths, potential obstacles, standout athletes, and the overall perspective for the forthcoming season. This interview guarantees to offer an extensive preview of what fans can anticipate from the Wyoming Cowboys in 2023.

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Let’s get into our Q&A session with Ryan Torburn! He covers Wyoming Cowboys football for the Star Tribune. Follow him on Twitter for all the latest and greatest Cowboys information. There is a lot of confidence for this Wyoming squad!

What's your favorite place to eat in Laramie?

Laramie has a really strong restaurant and brewery scene, so it is difficult to pick just one. I’ll say J’s Prairie Rose Café for breakfast, Born in a Barn for lunch and the Altitude Chophouse & Brewery for dinner.

Overall, how do you believe the offense will compare to the 2022 version?

As long as Craig Bohl is the head coach, Wyoming will have a run-first (and second and sometimes third) approach to offense, which means it won’t look much different in 2023. I think the addition of running back Harrison Waylee, the speedy Northern Illinois transfer, will make the Cowboys more explosive. Dawaiian McNeely gives the unit a nice one-two punch in the backfield. Tight ends Treyton Welch and John Michael Gyllenborg present mismatches in the passing game that should help give the offense more balance. The passing game cannot be worse than it was in 2022.

What do you expect from the QB position in 2023?

I expect Andrew Peasley to start every game, as long as he’s healthy, and to be a better manager of the offense. The super senior will be more efficient this season after making the transition from Utah State’s spread to Wyoming’s pro-style offense during his first season in Laramie. The QB2 competition is ongoing, but the coaching staff seems to have more confidence in the backups, which means Peasley will have the green light to run the ball, one of his strengths.

How do you see the workload at RB being distributed?

Waylee is the favorite to win the starting job and he will be on the short list of best skill players in the Mountain West. McNeely has starter talent but has been unable to stay healthy in recent seasons, which is why Wyoming aggressively courted Waylee as soon as his name entered the portal. Waylee should have a 1,000-yard season and 10 touchdowns with McNeely finishing off some opponents with big fourth quarters.

How does the offensive line compare to the 2022 group?

The offensive line, which is typically a strength, will be an area of concern entering fall camp because the Cowboys lost left tackle Eric Abojei to graduation and right guard Emmanuel Pregnon to USC via the transfer portal. I would expect Frank Crum to move from right tackle to left tackle and for Jack Walsh to fill in well at right guard. Nofoafia Tulafono is one of the best centers in the Mountain West. The Pokes will rely on redshirt freshmen to plug the rest of the holes, which could make navigating a tough non-conference schedule even more challenging while they get up to speed.

What do you think the distribution will be to the WR/TE's?

Welch will be Peasley’s go-to target again after leading the team with five touchdown receptions last season. Wyoming lost its leading wide receiver to the portal in each of the past two seasons in Isaiah Neyor (transferred to Texas after the 2021 season) and Joshua Cobbs (transferred to Houston after the 2022 season). In 2023, the receivers will try to get the job done more by committee with the combination of returners Alex Brown, Will Pelissier and Wyatt Wieland and incoming grad transfers Ayir Asante (Holy Cross) and Devin Boddie (Vanderbilt).

For our dynasty fantasy freaks, who are some young players that stand out as potential future breakout players?

D.Q. James is making his way back from a torn ACL, but the speedy change-of-pace running back has a chance to breakout during conference play once he’s healthy. The aforementioned Gyllenborg is also among the fastest players on the team at 6-foot-5, 243 pounds. Redshirt freshman Caleb Merritt has the demeanor and football I.Q. of a team captain but needs to win a spot during fall camp.

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