UW’s Craig Bohl opens the competition at quarterback

After six straight scoreless quarters over two weeks, Craig Bohl and the University of Wyoming coaching staff will be evaluating who will start Saturday’s game under center, Sean Chambers or Levi Williams.
Published: Oct. 19, 2021 at 6:59 PM CDT
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LARAMIE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The University of Wyoming football team was shut out for the first time since 2010 on Saturday in Laramie against Fresno State. After five straight scoreless quarters spanning two weeks with Quarterback Sean Chambers leading the way, University of Wyoming Head Coach Craig Bohl inserted Quarterback Levi Williams for the first time in 2021.

Chambers had thrown three interceptions and lost a fumble, and it finally forced Coach Bohl’s hand. Williams came into the game with a chorus of “Let’s go, Levi!” chants, but he was only able to complete one of seven passes for 32 yards and an interception of his own.

During his Monday press conference, Coach Bohl said, “This week, we’re gonna evaluate the quarterback position, and whoever we feel like at the end of the week gives us the best chance to win is gonna be the guy that’s gonna go out and start the game.”

The quarterback competition will be limited to Chambers and Williams, and they will split the first-team reps evenly during practice this week.

Bohl said the team needs to improve at quarterback, but he also cautioned against placing all of the offense’s issues squarely on the shoulders of the quarterback.

“I think many times quarterbacks get too much credit when things go well, and they get too much blame when things don’t go right,” said Bohl. “I also want to put it in this context, too. Those guys who are out there playing, whether it’s Sean or Levi, are working extremely hard. They’re doing everything they can to win for the Cowboys.

“I understand the passion of our fanbase and things like that, but I also recognize that these guys are college students. They’re not playing professional football, and they also don’t have a million-dollar NIL deal, and so I’m gonna support them.”

In 2019, Williams burst onto the scene as a true freshman when he started the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl against Georgia State. He led the Pokes to a 38-17 victory behind a four total touchdowns performance, including a memorable 51-yard touchdown toss to Wide Receiver Ayden Eberhardt.

Williams finished the 2020 season with a 2-3 record as the starter after Chambers broke his leg on the third play of the season, and he was able to throw for 877 yards at a 49.6% completion rate. He had one touchdown through the air and six rushing touchdowns.

“They both know that we need to play better offense, and we’ll name a starter probably right at the game time,” said Bohl.

The game time is 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in Laramie against Mountain West Conference foe, New Mexico.

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