LARAMIE — Sean Chambers is the University of Wyoming’s starting quarterback heading into fall camp.
UW released its post-spring depth chart Thursday, and Chambers was listed as the starter ahead of sophomore Tyler Vander Waal.
Chambers, a redshirt freshman, started three games and played in four last season before he broke his right leg in the second-to-last game against Air Force. Chambers capped off the spring by going 9 of 16 for 139 yards and one touchdown to lead the White to a 14-9 victory over the Brown in UW’s spring game last Saturday.
“I think I did everything in my power (to be the starter),” Chambers said after the game. “There still are a lot of things to work on. We’re not where want to be as an offense, but we’re in a good place right now.”
Vander Waal started nine games last season, and led the Cowboys to four of their six victories. He replaced Chambers against Air Force and helped lead a fourth-quarter rally for a 35-27 victory. However, UW’s offense scored two touchdowns or fewer in seven of Vander Waal’s starts.
UW’s offensive line dealt with a myriad of injuries during the spring, and sophomore Keegan Cryder took reps at center, guard and tackle. Cryder earned Freshman All-America honors last season at center, and is listed as the starter there heading into fall camp. Sophomore Patrick Arnold, who has always played center, is now listed at left guard and is in a battle with sophomore Eric Abojei to be the starter.
Junior Logan Harris of Torrington is the starting right guard. The two starting tackles are junior Alonzo Velasquez and sophomore Rudy Stofer. Velasquez didn’t do much in the spring due to offseason knee surgery. Stofer missed the spring game with a concussion.
UW isn’t settled at two of its three wide receiver positions. Seniors Raghib Ismail Jr. and C.J. Johnson are listed as “or” as starter at the “F” receiver. Junior Ayden Eberhardt and senior John Okwoli grouped at the “X” receiver. Senior Austin Conway, who injured a knee late in the spring but is expected to be healthy for fall camp, is the starter at UW’s “Z” wide receiver.
Junior walk-on Skyler Miller of Torrington, who moved from linebacker in the spring, earned the starting fullback spot over senior Jaylon Watson. Cheyenne East grad and UW senior Ben Wisdorf is the backup at weak-side outside linebacker behind senior Cassh Maluia.
Defensively, the starter at free safety will be determined in fall camp between junior Braden Smith and redshirt freshman Rome Weber.
UW lists only one player at nickel, a hybrid defensive back/outside linebacker, in sophomore Keyon Blankenbaker, who missed some time this spring with a pulled hamstring.
Senior Josiah Hall and junior Garrett Crall are listed as the starters at both defensive end spots, even though both missed the spring recovering from knee and foot surgeries, respectively.
The backups behind Hall and Crall have yet to be determined. Redshirt freshman Leevi Lafaele and sophomore Davon Wells-Ross, along with redshirt freshman Solomon Byrd and redshirt freshman walk-on Teagan Liufau will battle that out in fall camp.
UW lists Conway as its only punt returner, and it didn’t list anyone as kickoff returners. At punter, junior Tim Zaleski is the starter and senior walk-on Ryan Galovich is the backup. Zaleski didn’t punt during the spring after a knee injury forced him to miss the final seven games of 2018.
Robert Gagliardi is the WyoSports senior editor. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 307-755-3325. Follow him on Twitter at @rpgagliardi.