The Wyoming depth chart doesn't look much like it did at the start of the season, or even three weeks ago for that matter. The team that will visit Fresno State on Saturday has lost three key players over the past three weeks to knee injuries, is down five starters on defense from the start of the year and just last week in a loss at Colorado State lost its leading rusher with a broken hand.
Shaun Wick, who has accounted for 705 of the Cowboys' 1,064 rushing yards and five of their nine rushing touchdowns, will be out for four weeks and maybe longer.
"We're in a position where we have to make some adjustments here," coach Craig Bohl said on Monday during his weekly press conference. "But certainly losing Shaun, because that was backed up and I don't know if you even know it, our other tailback, D.J. May, had torn his ACL late, late, late on Wednesday's practice so in short order we were down two tailbacks."
The Cowboys did get 121 rushing yards on 28 plays from freshman Brian Hill at Colorado State, but the losses on defense are not going to help a unit that is ranked eighth in the Mountain West in total defense at 444.6 yards per game and ninth in scoring defense at 32.3 points per game.
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Wyoming went into that game against the Rams without starting outside linebacker Mark Nzeocha, end Sonny Puletasi and free safety Darrenn White, and ended up losing two of the players starting in their place with outside linebacker Malkamm Muhammad and free safety Jesse Sampson going down with elbow and leg injuries.
They have some adjusting to do, obviously.
"What you do, you do the very best you can," Bohl said. "It's easy to say, 'Next man up,' but sometimes the next man up is not the best guy for that positon and so it's really important that each player we put out on the field, we put them in positon to be successful and instill confidence -- and that's what we're about as of today in those meeting rooms.
"Is it unusual? Yes, this is unusual to have this many, but what I've found through the years is typically there are ebbs and flows and you have a whole rash one year and the next year ... I can remember one year I was at Duke we went through the whole year and didn't lose a starter on either side of the football."