LARAMIE — Wyoming’s trip to Hawaii ended with an eight-hour flight immediately after its 17-13 loss late Saturday night that put the Cowboys back in Laramie at approximately 12:30 p.m. local time Sunday.
Ideally, head coach Craig Bohl would like his team to have a week off to recuperate from a trip that covered nearly 7,000 miles in less than 72 hours, but that won’t happen with Wyoming staying on the road this Saturday for an 8:30 p.m. MT kick at Fresno State. Bohl said he’s proposed the idea of a bye week following a trip to the island for any team in the Mountain West Conference without much luck.
“That didn’t get any wheels, any traction, so as coaches, you play with what you’re dealt with,” Bohl said.
Bohl said he had breakfast with some of his players Monday morning and could sense jet lag setting in. But it’s not any different than what most teams in the MW have to deal with when making the trip to Hawaii.
In fact, Wyoming has the same schedule Fresno State did last season following its trip to the island. After beating the Warriors 31-21 last November, Fresno State turned around the next week and traveled to Wyoming, knocking off the Cowboys 13-7.
“They’re a little bit tired,” Bohl said of his players. “Jet lag comes into play, but I think there’s a resolve and focus that we want to improve on a lot of things.”
Yet it was Dontae Crow who handled the punting duties against Hawaii.
A receiver by trade, Crow averaged 43.2 yards on his five punts with his longest covering 46 yards. That’s an improvement from what the Cowboys were getting from Zaleski, who averaged 39 yards a punt.
Crow said he went to the coaching staff during practice last week with the idea given his background. Crow punted during his prep days at Sheridan High School and also played soccer in high school. Bohl said he went all the way up to kickoff before deciding to go with Crow, who’s again listed as the starting punter on the depth chart this week.
“It’s been a long time since I can remember that you lose your punter for the whole year, and typically you’re not going to have a lot of backing up, but we thought Dontae did some good things in the ballgame,” Bohl said. “He got the ball off. I think our net punting was pretty good.”
Bohl said the only injury Wyoming came out of the Hawaii game with was right guard Kaden Jackson, who left the game after taking a blow to the head and didn’t return. Bohl said he would get more information on the severity of Jackson’s injury Monday.
The chances of cornerback C.J. Coldon returning this week are “somewhere between hopeful and doubtful,” Bohl said. Coldon has missed the last two games with an arm injury.