LARAMIE -- Caleb Robinson was having the best offseason of his collegiate career, according to Jay Sawvel.

Now, that's all over.

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"We did have one loss," Wyoming's rookie head coach said following Thursday's practice in Laramie. "... He was really, really, really playing well. He'll have a surgery here coming up in a little bit, so you feel for him."

Though Sawvel failed to get into specifics, Robinson is the first player to suffer a known season-ending injury during spring camp.



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The 6-foot-2, 286-pound defensive tackle appeared in 10 games last fall, registering just nine total tackles, as he made his way back from an offseason car accident that left him with "significant injuries" -- both physically and mentally -- Robinson told the Casper Star Tribune last August.

“I’m still recovering from the injuries to this day, which is one of the reasons why I haven’t been getting as many reps as I usually do,” Robinson told the CST last fall. “It’s a little bit of a drain with that type of traumatizing car accident, but I’ll get back to it. By the season I should be there.

“Even now, I feel confident enough to keep pushing forward, although it hurts and all that other stuff. Time waits for no man. I’ll keep pushing.”

A native of Omaha, Neb., Robinson chose Wyoming after Nebraska and South Dakota State kicked the tires on the First team All-Metro selection from Burke High School.

He played in two games as a true freshman during the 2020 season and became a regular in the rotation the following season, tallying 17 tackles from the Cowboys' interior. He added 14 more stops during his sophomore year while sharing time with Cole Godbout and Jordan Bertagnole.

"I say at times, you know, I love this kid and I love that kid -- a lot of it has to do with the fact that I spend a lot of time with them in their workouts, seeing them year round and things of that nature," Sawvel said. "So, you know, those things are hard sometimes when a guy puts so much into it and then has to have something like that happen."



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If Robinson opts for a medical redshirt, he will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Gavin Meyer, along with Bertagnole, Ben Florentine, Jayden Williams and Jaden Williams, among others, are expected to vie for playing time this fall.

The Cowboys will be back on the practice field this Saturday afternoon in Laramie. Wyoming's annual spring game will take place seven days later at East High School in Cheyenne. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

University of Wyoming’s Top 50 Football Players

During the summer of 2021, counted down the Top 50 football players in University of Wyoming history, presented by Premier Bone & Joint Centers, Worthy of Wyoming.

The rules are simple: What was the player's impact while in Laramie? That means NFL stats, draft status or any other accolade earned outside of UW is irrelevant when it comes to this list.

This isn't a one-man job. This task called for a panel of experts. Joining 7220's Cody Tucker are Robert GagliardiJared NewlandRyan Thorburn, and Kevin McKinney.

We all compiled our own list of 50 and let computer averages do the work. Think BCS -- only we hope this catalog is fairer.

Don't agree with a selection? Feel free to sound off on our Twitter: @7220sports - #Top50UWFB

Gallery Credit:

- University of Wyoming’s Top 50 Football Players