UW offensive line set
LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Wyoming's offensive line will start two players without any college ball experience and another who has seen limited playing time.
First-year coach Joe Glenn said redshirt freshman Jason Karcher will be the starting right guard against Montana State. He replaces senior Henry Randle, who was declared academically ineligible last week.
The Cowboys will be hosting MSU for a 2 p.m. kickoff at War Memorial Stadium.
"Jason has been doing a great job and was challenging on the front," Glenn said. "He's a guy who we think has a great future in front of him. He's gotten a lot better in the short time we've been here."
Karcher joins redshirt freshman left tackle ChaseJohnson, who also will be making his college debut.
Sophomore right tackle Dan Fisher saw limited time in five games in 2002 as a backup offensive lineman.
Fisher, who played tight end in high school, was moved to the offensive line last year.
Before Randle was out of the picture, Karcher wasJohnson's backup at left tackle.
True freshman Ben Penfold now moves into that position. Sophomore Drew Severn, who battled Karcher for the starting job at right guard, will back up both Karcher and junior center Trenton Franz.
"It is a little unnerving to go into your first game (with this much inexperience on the offensive line)," Glenn said. "But these kids are athletic, they can play at this level. Now it's going to be baptism under fire."
Glenn is certain UW players have developed a renewed belief in themselves. He hopes the Cowboys' long-suffering fans reason to believe, also.
"I don't think one game makes the whole season, but quite honestly, our fans need to see something. We really would like to reward them with a great game so they will come back," he said.
School officials expect a crowd of at least 20,000 fans, possibly closer to 25,000, at War Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
UW has played before 20,000-plus home fans only once since 2000, when 26,617 turned out for the 2001 Border War against Colorado State.
Attendance dropped to a 45-year low last season.
The Cowboys haven't attracted 20,000 fans for a non-conference game since Iowa State visited Laramie in 1997.
"I can't worry about what happened here in the past," Glenn said. "This is a new thought process, a new feeling, a new spirit, a new emotion, a new coaching staff, a new style. Everything's new."
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