Wyoming senior guard Ryan Cummings will miss Hawaii game with a concussion

September 19, 2017

LARAMIE — Wyoming’s shuffling of the offensive line this fall left Gavin Rush without a starting spot. That will change Saturday.

Senior Ryan Cummings, who moved from right tackle to left guard shortly before the season, will miss Wyoming’s game against Hawaii on Saturday because of a concussion.

“I think we suffered some bumps and bruises, but outside of that I think we’ll be ready to go,” head coach Craig Bohl said Monday. “We’ll have a spirited practice tonight.”

Rush started every game at left tackle for Wyoming last season as a true freshman. Wyoming tried him at center in spring and fall camp, but true freshman Logan Harris ended up earning the job. Another true freshman, Alonzo Velazquez, has started every game at right tackle, and Cummings made the move inside.

“You have a guy that has played a lot of football last year at the guard position,” Bohl said of Rush. “So, we have full confidence in Gavin, and it will be an important week of practice for him.”

Cole Turner is listed as Rush’s backup, as well as right guard Kaden Jackson’s backup. Rush is still listed as the backup center. Rush said he had been practicing at every interior position and expected to be the first player in if an interior lineman got hurt.

Cummings is the lone senior on Wyoming’s offensive line.

Other injuries

Quarterback Josh Allen did not meet with media after the Cowboys’ 49-13 loss to Oregon. Bohl said he was being treated immediately after the game for an ankle injury suffered on his last play.

“He swung by my office this morning,” Bohl said, “and I think he’s in good spirits and good shape.”

Allen met with media Monday for the first time since the game.

“Feeling good,” he said of his health. “Obviously, took quite a few hits against Oregon and just trying to limit those, but overall I feel pretty good.”

Allen also injured his shoulder in the first half of the Oregon game, though he didn’t miss any snaps because of it.

“Yeah, it was kind of when I was throwing,” Allen said. “He kind of stopped it mid-motion. It’s a little sore, but nothing terrible and nothing that will probably prevent me from practicing or even playing this week. It’s not even in the question.”

Bohl said last week that the team was hoping to get receiver James Price back from a collarbone injury this week, but Bohl said Monday that Price will probably miss the Hawaii game. He suffered the injury in a late-August scrimmage and was initially projected to miss six weeks.

Defensive end Shiloh Windsor has been unavailable so far this season because of concussion protocol. Bohl said the team would “integrate him back in,” this week, “but it’s going to be contingent upon how he does.” Tight end Austin Fort will not play Saturday. He tore his PCL in mid-August and had been expected to return after three or four weeks.