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Ismail Jr.

Numerous freshmen on the Wyoming football team tweeted out screenshots of the Cowboys’ recently updated online roster this week, photo evidence that they were officially college athletes.

“Dreams really do come true...” quarterback Sean Chambers tweeted.

Besides the team’s new mugshots, however, the most notable revelations from the updated roster are the numbers that will be worn by the incoming class.

One of those immediately stands out: Raghib “Rocket” Ismail Jr., whose father is a Heisman Trophy runner-up who goes by the same nickname, will wear No. 17 for the Cowboys. You might recall the previous No. 17 at Wyoming: quarterback Josh Allen, who in April became the highest-drafted player in program history.

Ismail is a transfer from Cisco (Texas) College and will be a junior in the fall.

Freshman receiver Gunner Gentry, whose older brother Tanner wore No. 4 at Wyoming, will wear No. 5. Redshirt freshman running back Xazavian Valladay is already No. 4 on the offensive side of the ball. Chambers will wear No. 12. Long snapper Jesse Hooper will wear No. 99.

Freshman Reow Jackson is listed as an athlete, meaning it has not yet been decided whether he will play on offense or defense. However, he is listed as No. 7, a number held by linebacker Chavez Pownell Jr. While this could suggest Jackson will play on offense, where there is no No. 7, it might also mean he plans to redshirt, as Pownell is a senior. There cannot be two teammates with the same number on the field at the same time. However, uniform numbers can be changed mid-season, as was the case last year when then-freshman Trey Woods flipped from linebacker to running back.

The players were photographed in gold collared shirts, as opposed to jerseys as in past years. The Cowboys have yet to unveil their uniforms under new sponsor Adidas.

Follow University of Wyoming athletics reporter Brandon Foster on Twitter @BFoster91

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College Sports Reporter

Brandon Foster reports on University of Wyoming athletics. He joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 after graduating from the University of Missouri and covering Mizzou athletics for two years. A St. Louis native, he lives in Laramie.

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