In the next series of the Wyoming offseason countdown we’ll be taking a look at the 60s block for the Cowboys. This group features mostly offensive lineman and two defensive lineman. Much like the 70s block this group is going to be important to the success of the football team. They will be responsible for keeping the quarterback on his feet, as well as plowing a running lane for Brian Hill and Shaun Wick. On the other side of the line the Cowboys will need to generate more pressure from the lineman positions to take some of the pressure off of the secondary from needing to make several tackles per game. They will also be needed to neutralize the opposing rushing attack, an area the Cowboys did not succeed in last season.
Du’Ryan Ebbesen (60)
Kaden Jackson (61)
Eli Moody (62)
Charlie Renfree (64)
Boyd Draeger (65)
Cole Turner (67)
Trevor Meader (68)
Richard Bettencourt (69)
Du’Ryan Ebbesen is a junior offensive lineman from the Virgin Islands. He is a Cheyenne Central graduate looking to make his place on the offensive line this year. He has yet to appear in a game for the Cowboys, however he did find himself on the depth chart after spring football ended, sharing the top spot for starting center. His strong spring could put him in line for significant playing time this coming season.
Kaden Jackson, from Kingfischer, Oklahoma saw significant playing time as a true freshman. He appeared in 11 of 12 contests for the Cowboys last season. He started two games for the Pokes. He will be the projected starter for the Cowboys at right guard. His experience playing as a true freshman should bode well for his Cowboy career.
Eli Moody from Lovell, Wyoming will factor into the plans this season at left tackle. Moody was a transfer from Rocky Mountain College in Billings before the 2014 season, and did not appear in any games as a sophomore. Eli finished second on the depth chart after spring football and should see considerable playing time this coming season.
Charlie Renfree from Scottsdale, Arizona enters fall camp as the starter at center as a junior. He started 11 games last season for the Cowboys as a redshirt sophomore. He will be an important cog this upcoming season to plow the way for Brian Hill and Josh Allen to get the offense rolling.
Boyd Draeger from Lakeville, Minnesota will enter the season as a redshirt freshman. He moved to center during spring drills and will be needed depth for upcoming seasons.
Cole Turner is a sophomore from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He should see playing time this coming season at right guard.
Trevor Meader is a senior defensive end from Lincoln, Nebraska. He transferred from Wayne State College after the 2013 season. He suffered a knee injury this past season and tweaked his knee again in spring drills. He will most likely miss this coming season, and plans to be back with the Cowboys in 2017.
Richard Bettencourt is a redshirt sophomore from Meridian, Idaho. He played sparingly in 2015 and will look to earn some playing time this coming season on the offensive line at the guard position.
These lineman are going to be important to the Cowboys success this season, as well as coming season. As you can see there is a lot of youth in this group and if they can keep growing as a group there’s some serious hope for the offensive line to be improved over where it has been.
Up next, the 50’s block!