Wyoming spring football highlights: Rush defense

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) – Entering last season, a lack of experience was a concern for Wyoming’s defensive back seven.

This is not the case anymore.

Several key starters return, including the tandem of Jordan Bertanol and Cole Godbutt in the trenches.

“When you know, when you just feel what they’re going to do and you can adjust it or just be able to do it, that’s really important so we don’t have any gaps in our defense,” running back Cole Godbutt said. . .

“Yeah, it’s going to be fun. Me and Cole are like two peas in a pod, we always do everything together, so it’s a good time and it’s going to be great to have him back because he’s an incredibly talented player,” Jordan Bertagnole said. , who is a Redshirt Junior.

The front four of Braden Siders, Godbout, Bertanol and Devon Harris all return in maroon and gold. Behind them, Easton Gibbs, Shae Suiaunoa and Cole Demarzo also return.

While learning to work, the defense allowed 153.5 hurries per game (73rd in CFB) and 1.3 rushing touchdowns per game (45th in CFB). These numbers can grow on the back of the power of one word: confidence.

“I think it means a lot. I mean, last year we started with a lot of guys who were really young, everybody knew that. It played really well, but it’s definitely a different phase with a lot of coming back from older guys who have experience playing. It’s not really about ‘getting fired up,’ it’s more about ‘let’s start fast, let’s do it,'” said junior Easton Gibbs, who had 121 tackles last year. had achieved

“I think a lot of us gained a lot of confidence from last season. I think it helps that the first game against Illinois, like Easton said, we’ve definitely got to iron out a little bit of scrimmage. I think all over the defense we have a ton of confidence,” said Braden Siders, who led the team with 13.5 tackles for loss last year.

While the injury bug has changed the picture for most of this group, most expect to be fully fit by the summer and ready for next season.

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