Tyler Vander Waal is Wyoming's starting quarterback. For now.

The redshirt freshman was named the Cowboys' starter ahead of senior-to-be Nick Smith in the team's post-spring depth chart released Wednesday.

Vander Waal, a three-star Ball State decommit out of Sacramento, fills the role vacated by Josh Allen, who left Wyoming with one year of eligibility remaining to enter the NFL Draft. 

Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl said during spring camp that the team would name a starter at the end of the 15 practices but that he was not yet guaranteed to be the starting quarterback in the season opener. 

Smith, a Merritt Island, Florida, native, competed for the starting job in Spring 2016 after starting two games in relief in 2015, appearing in five. Allen won the job and wound up playing every snap in 2016. Smith started two games in 2017 when Allen was out with a sprained shoulder, losing to Fresno State and at San Jose State. Vander Waal redshirted in 2017.

Smith has thrown for 716 yards on 67-of-134 passing (50 percent) with four passing touchdowns and three interceptions.

In Wyoming's spring game Saturday, Smith completed 8-of-12 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown, while Vander Waal completed 15-of-23 passes for 129 yards.

At the other main position battle, C.J. Coldon was named Wyoming's second starting cornerback alongside Antonio Hull, who was a medical redshirt last season. On the offensive line, redshirt freshman Eric Abojei was named co-starter at left guard along with Gavin Rush. Keegan Cryder was named the starting center, backed up by Patrick Arnold. Logan Harris, Wyoming's starting center in 2017, was listed as the third-string left guard.

At running back, Kellen Overstreet, Nico Evans and Trey Woods were named co-starters, in that order. Converted defensive end Austin Lopez was named Jaylon Watson's backup at fullback.

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Brandon Foster is the Star-Tribune's managing editor. He joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 as the University of Wyoming sports reporter after graduating from the University of Missouri and covering Mizzou athletics for two years.

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