LARAMIE -- During fall camp, Craig Bohl said it wouldn't be easy for rookies to crack the lineup with so many returning veterans.

Wyoming welcomed back 95% of its roster from 2020 due to the NCAA granting an additional year of eligibility because of the COVID-19 pandemic. That was the second most in college football.

The Cowboys' eighth-year head coach, however, did mention a couple of names when the topic of skipping a redshirt season came up -- DQ James and Jaylen Sargent.

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Bohl said during his Monday press conference that Sargent has been in the mix with the wide receivers in practice, but has yet to earn any playing time. James, a speedy running back from Lancaster, Texas, has also yet to take a college snap.

Will either of those guys -- or any other true freshmen -- see this field in 2021?

"We're always looking for any player that can help us in any form or fashion," Bohl said. "Believe me, seniority does not guarantee you being on the field, but we've got a pretty senior, veteran team, so they have not been able to get out there much."

 

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Bohl said he would continue to comb through his roster to find anyone who can provide an immediate spark to a team that has lost three straight games, including two in a row inside War Memorial Stadium.

The question seemed to spark a frustration in Bohl. He went on to say his program should be in a much different place currently because of all that experience inside the UW locker room.

"That's one of the things I'm profoundly disappointed in and it would be easy for me to mask over this," he said. "You know, we're 4-3 with a senior, veteran football team and I expect us to be further along than what we are."

Bohl pondered aloud how his staff would find snaps for Sargent and James when they have players like Isaiah Neyor, Ayden Eberhardt and Titus Swen in the lineup at the wide receiver and running back spots, respectively. Bohl said he thinks those guys are all "really good." He also pointed to Swen's five yards per carry average.

Wyoming has five regular season games remaining. True freshmen can play in four games before losing their redshirt status.

Bohl isn't making any promises but one -- he has an eye on everyone.

"I can tell you what, I'm trying like a steer to figure out a way to win a damn game around here," he said bluntly. "We're looking at everything we can but it's just been perplexing to me.

"So, I'm in hopes we get the ship righted this week."

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