LARAMIE – Wyoming have lost players to Big Sky, Conference USA, Mid-American Conference and a rival from Mountain West this offseason.
Then on Saturday, the Pokes experimented with both sides of the Power 5 revolving door.
Michigan State transfer Cole DeMarzo, a 6-4, 225-pound linebacker from Hilton Head, SC, has announced his transfer to UW.
Isaiah Neyor, the Cowboys main receiver who entered the NCAA transfer portal after the famous Idaho Potato Bowl, chose Tennessee as the landing spot.
DeMarzo is leaving the Big Ten for the opportunity to help the Cowboys replace All-American linebacker Chad Muma, who is preparing for the NFL Draft after finishing second in the FBS with 142 tackles this season.
Neyor, who tallied 878 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns in UW’s first offense, will now be in the SEC spotlight with the Volunteers.
âThe trip I took was not the ideal trip where I came out of high school with all of these offers,â Neyor, who was also recruited by LSU, Texas, USC and other Power 5 programs since his graduation. entrance to the portal, said Rivaux. âI started playing in high school late which kind of delayed everything. I got this offer from Wyoming and took it and I thought from day one that I was going to give them everything. what I had, I feel like I did.
“I took that and now I’m on the portal and looking to display this talent on a bigger platform. I can’t wait to be there.”
DeMarzo joins a unit that has been the strength of the program since Logan Wilson took over as middle linebacker before being replaced by Muma in 2020.
Returning Cowboys linebacker Easton Gibbs, who was second on the team with 89 tackles starting on the weak side against Muma in 2021, as well as top substitutes Shae Suiaunoa and Connor Shay.
A three-star prospect coming out of high school, DeMarzo chose the state of Michigan over offers from the Air Force, Appalachian State, Army and Cincinnati.
After playing on the Spartans scout squad as a true freshman in 2020, DeMarzo has appeared in one game this season.
DeMarzo’s addition comes a day after Snow College quarterback Evan Svoboda transferred to the Star-Tribune he had accepted an offer from UW head coach Craig Bohl to compete for the starting station in 2022.
“If you need a first down I can go get you a first down. I like this style with the reads,” the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Svoboda said of the coordinator’s playbook. offensive Tim Polasek, who also relies on the quarterback. runs. “Obviously they run a lot. For me, I hope they polish it up and air it out a bit more.”
Five of the 10 UW players who have entered the portal since the end of the regular season have found new homes so far.
Quarterback Levi Williams transfers to Utah State after leading the Cowboys to a victory over Kent State in the Potato Bowl to cap a 7-6 season for UW.
Defensive end Victor Jones will play Akron and safety Rome Weber will play Western Kentucky.
Jones has tied for the team lead with 3.5 sacks this season after being suspended in 2020. Weber was seventh on the team with 41 tackles after retiring from the 2020 season.
Backup safety Cameron Murray moves up to FCS to play for northern Colorado.
Quarterback Sean Chambers, nickel fullback Keyon Blankenbaker, cornerbacks CJ Coldon and Azizi Hearn and running back Xazavian Valladay are still on the hunt for landing points.
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