Tight-knit freshman group exceeding expectations this season for Wyoming football

Tight-knit freshman group exceeding expectations this season for Wyoming football

LARAMIE — Making the leap from high school to college isn’t easy. Head coach Craig Bohl said at the beginning of fall camp he expected three or four true freshmen to contribute this year. A Twitter direct message group was the initial means of communication for Wyoming’s 2017 commits. Later, Snapchat became the favorite when it increased the number of people that could be in a group chat. Our thought process is if they can help us win right now, we’re going to play them.” Seven of those freshmen have been starters at some point this season. Cantrell is the only true freshman walk-on to play for Wyoming this season. I love every guy on this team. Social media can also add to the criticism that athletes receive once they start playing for their new teams. Few college football players this season have received a more pointed reminder of that than Zaleski. In Wyoming’s loss at Iowa, he became the first member of the Cowboys’ 2017 recruiting class to make a name for himself on the national level — and not in the way he had hoped.

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Wyoming freshman running back Trey Woods falls forward for yardage in the Cowboys’ victory over New Mexico on Oct. 28 at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie.

LARAMIE — Making the leap from high school to college isn’t easy. There’s the adjustment to being away from home for the first time. There’s the reality of leaving the top of the high school totem pole for the dregs of freshman status. There’s a new campus to navigate. There’s laundry.

It can be a lot for an 18-year-old to handle. Throw in the commitment of playing Division I football and it becomes all the more demanding.

Head coach Craig Bohl said at the beginning of fall camp he expected three or four true freshmen to contribute this year. Eleven have seen the field.

Despite all the on-field challenges that accompany the move from high school to college — increased level of competition, tougher workouts and practices, a more challenging playbook to memorize — the class already has made a mark on Wyoming’s program.

Athleticism and maturity go a long way to explaining the group’s early success at the collegiate level. But so do two skills that just about every college freshman possesses in the year 2017: Twitter and Snapchat.

When the recruiting class arrived to Laramie in the summer, the only unfamiliar thing about each other’s faces was the fact that they didn’t have any filters on top of them.

The freshmen have a running group message on Snapchat that has remained active even after the players arrived in Wyoming.

A Twitter direct message group was the initial means of communication for Wyoming’s 2017 commits. Later, Snapchat became the favorite when it increased the number of people that could be in a group chat.

“We had a group chat from…

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