LARAMIE — Wyoming coach Craig Bohl wasted little time in finding his next offensive line coach.
Klayton Adams has been hired to replace Scott Fuchs, who’s not returning to the Cowboys’ staff. Adams comes to Wyoming from Colorado, where he coached the past six seasons.
“I’m extremely excited for the opportunity to work at the University of Wyoming with Coach Bohl, his staff and a group of people who have done an unbelievable job to elevate this program,” Adams said in a statement. “The facilities are first class, the program is first class and the university is first class. I can’t wait to get started working with the players here.”
Fuchs coached the Cowboys’ offensive line for five seasons after following Bohl to Wyoming from North Dakota State, where he served in the same role on Bohl’s staff from 2009-13. His departure was first reported by FootballScoop.
Under Fuchs’ watch, the offensive line helped Wyoming finish in the top 50 nationally in rushing two of the last three seasons and blocked for a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in Nico Evans (2018) and Brian Hill (2015 and 2016). But Wyoming, which gave up the 53rd-most sacks in the FBS this season, finished outside the top 50 in sacks allowed in all but one of those seasons.
Adams spent the last three seasons as the offensive line coach on Colorado’s staff under Mike MacIntyre, who was fired after the season. Adams doubled as the Buffaloes’ co-offensive coordinator this season.
In Adams’ first season as the offensive line coach in 2016, Colorado averaged its most yards per carry (4.12) in a decade and had its first 1,000-yard rusher in seven years in Phillip Lindsay, who ran for 1,474 yards in 2017 to become the first player in CU history to post back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.
CU ranked 74th and 99th, respectively, in rushing the last two seasons. The Buffaloes haven’t ranked better than 77th nationally in sacks allowed the last three seasons.
Adams has experience coaching in the Mountain West, serving as MacIntyre’s tight ends coach at San Jose State from 2011-12 before MacIntyre took over at Colorado the following season. The 35-year-old got his coaching career started as a graduate assistant at Boise State, where he played center for then-coach Dan Hawkins from 2003-04.
“We are really excited about the addition of Klayton Adams to coach our offensive line,” Bohl said in a statement. “Klayton enjoys a great national reputation for developing dominant offensive linemen. His experience within the Rocky Mountain region, the West Coast and the Mountain West make him a natural fit for our program.”
Bohl still has another vacancy to fill on his staff with tight ends coach Mike Bath leaving to join Western Michigan’s staff.