Fifth-year University of Wyoming football coach Craig Bohl said Thursday junior offensive guard Gavin Rush will likely miss the entire season with a biceps injury that will require surgery.
Rush started in 22 of 27 games in his UW career. He was competing with redshirt freshman Eric Abojei for the starting job at left guard. Abojei also is out with a concussion, and no time frame has been offered for his return.
As of now, redshirt freshman Keegan Cryder, the starting center entering fall camp, is the front-runner to slide over to left guard. Sophomore Logan Harris of Torrington, who started all 13 games at center last season, also is getting a lot of snaps at guard and some at center. Harris was moved to guard in the spring.
Redshirt freshman Patrick Arnold is the leading candidate to start at center.
Bohl said sophomore starting right tackle Alonzo Velasquez (knee) will likely miss the Aug. 25 opener at New Mexico State, but he hopes to get him back for the Sept. 1 home-opener against Washington State.
Redshirt freshman Rudy Stofer is playing for Velasquez. UW is thin on depth after that as junior backup Pahl Schwab of Afton is out with a concussion.
Three redshirt freshmen could be in the starting lineup for UW’s season-opener, along with two seniors — left tackle Zach Wallace and right guard Kaden Jackson.