Wyoming RB Woods not ruled out after all

Wyoming running back Trey Woods may be able to play this season after all.

Three weeks after the school announced that Woods would sit out the 2018 season due to a shoulder injury, Cowboys coach Craig Bohl told the Casper Star-Tribune that he is not ruling out a return by the sophomore running back.

“There’s an opportunity he may be back,” Bohl told the newspaper. “Initially, we thought that he for sure would be out for the year, and he may be back. What’s also interesting is this year will be the first year a player can play four games and still preserve that redshirt year. So we’ll see where he’s at on that calendar.”

The NCAA passed a rule earlier this month that will allow a player to appear in up to four games without losing a year of eligibility. So, even if Woods returns four games at the end of the year, he could still qualify for a medical redshirt season.

Woods led the Cowboys in rushing as a freshman in 2017 with 493 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 124 carries. He also had four receptions for 74 yards.

Even with Woods, Wyoming had one of the nation’s least efficient running games in the nation, averaging only 3.17 yards per rush. That was sixth-worst in the country, according to the newspaper.

Kellen Overstreet, Nico Evans and Woods, who was recruited by the school as a linebacker, were listed as co-starters at running back atop the team’s depth chart following spring practice.

“He has had surgery, and so we’re just waiting on his recovery,” Bohl said of Woods. “He’s a little bit ahead of where we thought he’d be. He certainly won’t be ready the first game, but as the season goes along, we feel like he’ll be ready to go.”