LARAMIE — Two games was all Logan Wilson needed this season to crack the top 10.
Wyoming’s senior linebacker continued his ascent on the school’s all-time tackles list with 11 stops in the Cowboys’ win over Texas State on Saturday. The Casper native now has 340 for his career, which puts him 10th on the list.
“It’s very cool. Very humbling,” he said. “I never thought I’d be in that position.”
Wilson began the season with 316 tackles — second-most among active Football Bowl Subdivision players. He passed Minnesota Vikings safety and former teammate Marcus Epps for 11th on the list with 13 tackles against Missouri in the Cowboys’ opener before passing former linebacker Tyler Gottschalk (2000-03) for his current spot.
Barring an injury that would keep him off the field, Wilson will continue to climb the list.
A four-year starter, Wilson is just four tackles shy of moving past former linebacker Ward Dobbs (2005-08) and needs just five more to pass another former teammate, Lucas Wacha (2013-16), for eighth on the list. Given Wilson has led the Cowboys in tackles each of the past two seasons and hasn’t had fewer than 94 in a season, finishing as one of the top five tacklers in Wyoming history seems like a safe bet for the 6-foot-2, 250-pounder.
He needs just 34 more to join that club. The real question is whether Wilson can reach the top 3. He’ll need 101 tackles in Wyoming’s final 10 games (not counting a possible bowl game) to surpass another former linebacker, Jim Talich (1994-97), for that distinction. And he needs 114 more to catch another former teammate, Andrew Wingard, who finished his collegiate career last season as the Mountain West’s co-leader with 454 career tackles — second-most in school history.
Not bad for someone who was playing defensive back at Natrona County High School five years ago.
“I came here as a safety in the first place and got moved to linebacker,” said Wilson, who’s averaging 8.2 tackles a game for his career. “My goal was to just contribute any way I could whether that was on special teams all four years or whatever it was. Then I got thrown in the fire my redshirt freshman year, and I just never looked back.”
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Hull is still in California
Senior cornerback Antonio Hull is not listed on Wyoming’s updated depth chart for the second straight week. He is still back home in California dealing with what was referred to as a personal matter by Wyoming coach Craig Bohl, who said last week he wouldn’t comment further on Hull’s situation.
Bohl said Monday the team is preparing as if Hull won’t be available again for Saturday’s game against Idaho. He added he’s hopeful Hull will rejoin the team at some point this season.
“It’ll kind of be week by week with where he’s at,” Bohl said. “We’ll let you know, but hopefully he’s able to come back soon.”
Bohl said free safety Rome Weber sustained a concussion in the first half against Texas State and is going through protocol this week. Weber was still listed as the starter on the updated depth chart, and Bohl said he anticipates Weber being able to play Saturday.
Left guard Eric Abojei went down in the fourth quarter of last week’s game and eventually left the game, but he was also listed at the top of the depth chart Monday and is “fine,” Bohl said. Running back Xazavian Valladay is expected to be ready for Saturday’s game after tweaking an ankle against Texas State.
“He may not practice today, but we are anticipating he’ll be back at full speed probably (Tuesday),” Bohl said.