LARAMIE – Ryan Galovich transferred to Wyoming from Oregon State a year ago. He wasn’t coming for athletics. It was about education.
In the summer, however, Galovich decided to try out for the Cowboys football team.
He wound up making the roster.
More than that, he now is surfacing as a possible crucial part of the roster.
Sophomore punter Tim Zaleski suffered what appears to be a serious knee injury when a punt was blocked by Boise State in the second half of Saturday’s game. He underwent an MRI on Monday and the Cowboys were waiting for results.
But the speculation isn’t good. Zaleski had to be physically helped off the field by members of the training staff on Saturday.
“Losing your punter – if that, in fact, does happen – is a big, big hit,” head coach Craig Bohl said.
Galovich had one punt against Boise, covering 27 yards. He, however, admitted he was a bit surprised at getting called. Galovich, like the rest of the Cowboys, weren’t anticipating an injury to Zaleski.
Now, he knows the job is his for Saturday’s game in Hawaii, if not longer.
“Right now, (Galovich is) our next guy,” Bohl said. “We had him in fall camp, and he has done a good job.”
Bohl personally works with the punter. Asked his impressions of Galovich in workouts, Bohl said it was positive. He, however, warned of making assumptions.
“At the driving range I’m real good,” he said, “but when out get out there in a Cowboy Joe (golf tournament) it isn’t pretty.”
Translation, when there is competition the pressures are different than in practice sessions. And until Galovich gets into game situation what will happen is speculation.
“I wasn’t expecting (to punt against Boise State), and I definitely was nervous,” Galovich said. “I wasn’t proud of that first punt, and expect to be a lot better. I definitely feel like I will be more prepared for Saturday.”
AND FURTHERMORE. …
n Bohl said all indications were that Zaleski was the only new injury that will keep one of the players out of the Hawaii game.
n Freshman center Patrick Arnold, who was in uniform but did not play against Boise State, is expected to back on the field in Hawaii. Bohl, however, said the plan is for redshirt freshman Keegan Cryder to remain in the lineup at center, and redshirt freshman Eric Abojei at left guard. Cryder moved from left guard to center to fill-in for Arnold, who started the first four games of the season, which opened the guard spot for Abojei.
n Redshirt freshman cornerback C.J. Coldon, who suffered an arm injury against Missouri on Sept. 8, is not expected to return against Hawaii. There is no guesstimate on a return.
n Good news is senior nose tackle Sidney Malauulu, who suffered a broken hand Sept. 1 against Washington State, played against Missouri and Wofford, but not Boise State.