LARAMIE — When junior Josh Allen was the first player introduced Saturday at Wyoming’s senior day ceremony, the implications were pretty clear.
Allen has likely played his last game at War Memorial Stadium.
Head coach Craig Bohl was asked after Wyoming’s 13-7 loss to Fresno State if Allen would return to the team in 2018.
“I would say no,” Bohl said. “He and I have had some talks, and I think he’s going to plan on moving forward (to the NFL). So that’s what the plan was today.”
Bohl was also asked about Allen being included with Wyoming’s nine seniors in the pregame introduction.
“Well, Josh is set to graduate and (is) a senior,” Bohl said, seemingly alluding to the fact that Allen, who received a medical redshirt in 2015, is an academic senior.
When Allen chose to return to Wyoming in 2017 instead of entering the NFL Draft, it came with the implication that it was for one more season. However, Allen, who is projected to be a first-round draft pick, never formally said whether he would forgo his senior year.
Allen did not play in the game, his first missed start in 25 games, because of a shoulder injury. He did not meet with media after the game. He has not spoken with media since suffering the injury in the first half of Wyoming’s win at Air Force last week.
Junior Nick Smith started in Allen’s place Saturday and completed 20 of 32 passes (62.5 percent) for 231 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions.
Bohl said he had an indication Friday that Allen wouldn’t be able to play against Fresno State, the team Allen rooted for growing up. Allen dressed but did not warm up. After coming to midfield for the coin toss, he wore a baseball cap and headset on the sideline.
Bohl was not sure whether Allen would be available next week for Wyoming’s regular-season finale at San Jose State.
“I was given indication that we’d have him back this week,” Bohl said. “So we’ll just have to look and see where he’s at next week. I know this, if there is any way in the world he can play, he’s going to play. And he wants to play. It just comes down to whether a guy is physically capable and cleared to play.”
Allen’s mother posted on Facebook that Allen had suffered an AC joint sprain. The Mountain West preseason offensive player of the year has completed 131 of 251 passes (56.2 percent) this season for 1,658 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. In his Wyoming career, he has completed 354 of 630 passes for 4,912 yards and 41 touchdowns, adding another 12 touchdowns on the ground and one via reception