LARAMIE — Two players — one on offense and one on defense — who were projected to have big roles for the University of Wyoming football team won’t play this season due to injuries.
Sophomore running back Trey Woods and sophomore nose tackle/defensive tackle Javaree Jackson will miss the 2018 season with shoulder and back injuries, respectively.
Fifth-year UW coach Craig Bohl told the SportsZone on KFBC 1240 AM in Cheyenne last Thursday that both players will undergo surgery and not play this season. Bohl also said that both will redshirt. UW confirmed this Tuesday.
Woods was the Cowboys’ leading rusher last season with 142 carries for 493 yards. He also had UW’s longest run of 59 yards. Woods was moved from linebacker to running back after fall camp. Woods injured his shoulder during spring drills.
Coming out of spring, Woods, junior Kellen Overstreet and senior Nico Evans were all listed as “or” in terms of the starter. Overstreet missed most of spring drills with a shoulder injury, but is expected to be ready for fall camp.
Overstreet was UW’s second-leading rusher last season with 481 yards on 109 carries, and his three rushing touchdowns were the second-most on the team. Evans was UW’s third-down back in 2017 and had 11 carries for 19 yards, and caught 10 passes for 70 yards and one touchdown.
The only other running back on UW’s roster that has played in a game for the Cowboys is sophomore Mike Green, who got four carries last season as a redshirt freshman. Redshirt freshman Xazavian Valladay could figure into the mix more this season.
As a true freshman last season Jackson played in 11 games with one start, and recorded 24 tackles including 1.5 tackles for loss. Jackson was listed No. 3 on the depth chart at nose tackle coming out of spring behind seniors Sidney Malauulu and Conner Cain, both of whom are coming off back and ankle injuries.
Robert Gagliardi is the WyoSports senior editor. He can be reached at email@example.com or 307-755-3325. Follow him on Twitter at @rpgagliardi.