Welcome to the 30s block of the Wyoming football offseason countdown! This group of youngsters here, long with one junior and one senior, are the future of Wyoming football. Logan Wilson and Isaac Jefferson will be coming into their first years of playing on the team. Pownell and Pilapil each saw playing time last year, as did Josh Harshman. Drew Van Maanen will be starting at fullback, leading the way for Wyoming’s talented running backs. Justin Martin will be competing for playing time as a kickoff specialist.
Logan Wilson (30)
Isaac Jefferson (31)
Chavez Pownell Jr (31)
Adam Pilapil (32)
Josh Harshman (33)
Drew Van Maanen (36)
Justin Martin (39)
Logan Wilson, from Casper, Wyoming, is a red shirt freshman at linebacker. Logan redshirted last year for the Cowboys. Entering fall camp Wilson is slated as the starter at weak-side linebacker.
Isaac Jefferson, from Rawlins, Wyoming, is a red shirt freshman at wide receiver. Isaac, another Wyoming native on the roster, will be among the talented wide receivers that Wyoming has.
Chavez Pownell, Jr from Tampa, Florida, made an appearance in 11 games last year for the Cowboys. He started in one of those games. He finished the season with 18 tackles, ten of them solo. Oddly enough 16 of those tackles came in the home opener against North Dakota, he had just two tackles in ten games after that. Pownell finished the spring at the top of the depth chart at strong safety and should help the secondary in a big way this season.
Adam Pilapil, a sophomore linebacker from Torrence, California got some decent playing time as a true freshman last season. In his lone start last season Pilapil recorded seven of his 13 tackles against Eastern Michigan. Also of note Adam was named to the academic all-conference team. Pilapil was moved from the secondary to weak-side linebacker in the offseason and is second on the depth chart.
Josh Harshman, from Casper Wyoming, also saw playing time as a true freshman last season. Harshman appeared at both tight end and on special teams for the Pokes last season. Harshman finished the season with one touchdown, in the finale against New Mexico in Laramie. He had two receptions for 39 yards on the season. Harshman was also named to the academic all-conference team, much like his teammate Pilapil. Harshman finished spring ball third on the depth chart at tight end.
Drew Van Maanen, a junior from Parker, Colorado is set to do big things for the Cowboys this season. He will be the guy blocking for the stable of talented Cowboy running backs. Drew doesn’t pile up a lot of stats, but his role might be one of the most important. He, like his two other 30s block teammates, was named to the academic all-conference team for the Pokes last season.
Justin Martin, a senior kicker from Oakdale, California, did not play in any games last season for the Cowboys. In previous seasons Martin has been used for extra points, field goals, kickoff duties. This season he will be competing for kickoff duties and finished the spring at the top of the depth chart.
The 30s block is full of a long of young players who will be contributors for the Cowboys in upcoming seasons. Drew Van Maanen will play an important role for the Cowboys this year as he leads the running backs through the lanes and springs them free. Justin Martin, if he can hold onto his kicking duties, will serve the Cowboys well if they can put in a few of those extra points and field goals that became problematic last season.
Up next we take a look at the 20s block!