In our continuing offseason countdown series this week we’re previewing Wyoming’s 70s block. There aren’t many in this block, but they’re an important cog in the Cowboy football team. These offensive lineman are going to be the cog in getting Brian Hill and Shaun Wick the yards they need to keep the offense sustainable, as well as keeping Josh Allen upright long enough to get the ball to his wide receiver corps. We are now officially ___ days away from football season. That means there are lots of sunny days at the lake ahead, and maybe a stop by your local tap house. While you’re at the tap house you get another blog to read.
Zach Wallace (72)
Chase Roullier (73)
Brinkley Jolley (74)
Kurtis Stirneman (75)
Pahl Schwab (77)
Zach Wallace, a true freshman from Lake Zurich, Illinois, last season and appeared in all 12 games. Due to injuries and lack of depth the true freshman was forced into action early on for the Cowboys and helped leading rusher Brian Hill to over 1600 yards in rushing. He will be counted on this season to continue plowing the lanes for the running backs and keeping the quarterback upright.
Chase Roullier, a senior from Savage, Minnesota, will be counted on to be the anchor of the Wyoming offensive line again this season. Last season he was named All-Mountain West for the second time, landing on the second team. He was rated by Pro Football Focus as one of the top 10 offensive lineman in the country, and rated as the number one guard in the country. He was penalized one time all season. As a sophomore he was named to the honorable mention All-Mountain West team. He played left guard that season. Roullier looks to continue his bulldozing ways this season and could be an NFL draft pick next season where high quality lineman are a highly coveted position.
Brinkley Jolley, a redshirt sophomore from Liberty, Missouri, appeared in one game last season. He was brought in as a tight end but was moved to offensive line to help with the depth. Listed now at 300 pounds he should factor into the plans this season to help a somewhat thin line.
Kurtis Stirneman is a junior guard from Lakewood, Illinois. He has had limited playing time for the Cowboys so far in his career. He was a redshirt in 2013, and did not appear in any games in 2014. Last season he was in nine games, on the offensive line or as a specialist.
Pahl Schwab is the line native Wyomingite in this block, hailing from Afton, Wyoming. Last season he was a redshirt. He could factor into the offensive line or special teams plans this upcoming season.
This number block is going to be one of the more important blocks for the Cowboys due to them all being offensive lineman, a struggle for the Cowboys in previous seasons. These five players will need to be healthy and ready to step into action if the Pokes are going to be successful. Chase Roullier is looking to keep his track record of being a very good lineman going this season and working his way to be an NFL draft pick following the season. He will be on many pre-season watch lists.
Tune in next for the 60s block!