Wednesday, Wyoming safety Andrew Wingard tweeted “Everything from here on out is a last go round, my senior year... CRAZY!”
The fact that next year will be Wingard’s senior year is good news for Wyoming fans, though they would gladly take more than one last year of Wingard. When asked in November whether he might declare for the upcoming NFL Draft, the two-time all-Mountain West selection was not sure.
“I haven’t really thought about it,” Wingard said at the time. “If I was to look at a grade or something and see I could go in this round or this round, maybe, but as of right now, I’m just playing with my teammates and enjoying this season.”
When contacted for comment Thursday on Wingard returning, a UW spokesman said the tweet spoke for itself.
Wyoming already has to account for one significant early departure, as redshirt junior quarterback Josh Allen declared for the draft after Wyoming’s Potato Bowl win. The year before, running back Brian Hill declared for the 2017 NFL Draft after his junior season.
Wingard, who did not redshirt, tied for the Mountain West lead in 2017 with 0.38 interceptions per game. He also recorded 8.8 tackles per game, seventh in the conference. He was a freshman all-American in 2015.
Wyoming junior defensive end Carl Granderson and redshirt sophomore linebacker Logan Wilson both told the Star-Tribune they were returning to Wyoming for the 2018 season. The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft is Monday.
Cain has surgery
Wyoming defensive tackle Conner Cain had a second surgery Thursday morning to remove two screws in his right ankle and leg, which was successful, his father said. Cain suffered the season-ending ankle break Oct. 21 at Boise State.