One of the most disruptive members of Wyoming’s defensive line has seen his year come to a premature end.
The football program announced Tuesday that Carl Granderson (pictured, No. 91) has sustained a torn ACL. The sophomore defensive end suffered the injury in the first quarter of this past Saturday’s win over Air Force.
As a result of the injury, Granderson will miss the remainder of the 2016 season. Because of the fact that Granderson has played in half of the Cowboys’ games, he will not be eligible for a medical waiver. He still, though, has his redshirt to use.
Granderson’s six tackles for loss and four sacks through six games are tops on the team. His three quarterback hits are good for second.
After playing all 12 games as a true freshman last season (36 tackles, six tackles for loss, one sack), Granderson started the first six games in 2016.
Racial graffiti triggers peaceful protest at EMU game; SMU band members kneel during anthem
During last night’s game, a 27-24 win over Wyoming, EMU students chanted “We stand up! We fight back, when black lives are under attack!” as play went on, with the university’ president talking to the students at one point during the second half of the contest. After the game, the protest bled onto the field as fans gathered peacefully around midfield to further drive home their message.
On Sept. 9 of last year, Wyoming announced that linebacker D.J. May had been suspended. Exactly one year and four days later, it’s lather, rinse and repeat for both the player and the program.
In a press release, Wyoming confirmed that May will be forced to once again serve a one-game suspension. The suspension means that the fifth-year senior linebacker will miss this Saturday’s game against FCS UC-Davis.
Other than the standard “unspecified violations of team rules,” no reason for the punishment was given.
Last season, May started 10 of the 11 games in which he played. He was also the Cowboys’ kick-return specialist, finishing the year fourth in the Mountain West and 24th in the FBS in return yards.
This season, May started the first two games and is second on the team in tackles with 17 and first in tackles for loss with three. He also has the Cowboys’ only interception of the season, and is once again the team’s primary kick returner (29.8 average on four returns).
He’ll be replaced in the starting lineup by fellow linebacker Tim Kamana.
WATCH: The craziest ending you didn’t see last night
It did not end until nearly a full 24 hours later.
A scheduled 10:30 p.m. ET kickoff between Wyoming and Northern Illinois was pushed back an hour and 50 minutes due to thunderstorms in the Laramie, Wyo., area. Then the game that seemingly would never start simply refused to end.
Northern Illinois pushed the game to overtime with a tying touchdown with 1:13 to play in regulation, and Wyoming missed a game-winning 48-yard field goal try at the buzzer.
The Huskies opened overtime by losing a fumble on their first possession, but again Wyoming missed a would-be game-winning field goal. Each team registered touchdowns in the second overtime, and Wyoming forced a missed field goal of their own at the top of the third extra frame.
Facing a third game-winning opportunity, the Cowboys delivered.
Regardless of what happens in one Power Five conference, one Group of Five league could be expanding.
Air Force and Colorado State of the Mountain West have reportedly made the cut as the Big 12 looks to expand by at least two teams and possibly four. That conference could make their expansion decision as early as the next month.
In the meantime, the MWC won’t be sitting idly by waiting to be poached as commissioner Craig Thompson confirmed Saturday that his conference will look to expand independent of what the Big 12 does. And, more to the point, Thompson doesn’t hide the fact that the league would like a presence in the state of Texas.
“I can say this — and I said it at our [football] media days. We have a lot of people saying, ‘If there’s an opportunity to be in your league, we’re interested.’ So there are numbers there,” Thompson said, without getting into any specifics. “I’ve challenged our membership to think about expansion — with or without losing [current] members. Do we look east? Do we look at the state of Texas, for example?
“So that’s probably going to be something we have to confront this year.”
The Salt Lake Tribune mentions current Conference USA members North Texas, Rice, UTEP and UT-San Antonio as possibilities from the state of Texas. The Sun Belt’s Arkansas State is also considered a viable option.