Trey Woods, the Cowboys primary running back a year ago who was moved in the fall to defensive end, announced on insta-gram Wednesday that he is leaving the program. Williams, who appeared briefly in the season-opening game at New Mexico State, suffered a season-ending shoulder injury early in the season.
“Thank you to my brothers at UW for giving me a chance and giving me hope,” Woods posted on insta-gram. “Y’all always been with me and I’ll always be with y’all. Thank you to the fans and everyone that believed in a kid that didn’t always believe in himself.
“This game and journey has left me with a heavy heart, so I will be moving on to something new. Thank you coach Bath and coach Cooper. There were a lot of days that weren’t easy, but you guys gave me hope and promise. I will always appreciate the both of you as men. Thank you for the memories Laramie .”
Woods, a two-star recruit out of North Bend, Ore., originally came to Wyoming and was projected to be a linebacker. When Brian Hill opted to go into the NFL draft after his junior year, however, Woods was moved to running back in pre-season camp in 2017.
He led the team with 493 yards rushing a year ago when the Cowboys running backs combined for less than 1,000 yards. Woods also scored two touchdowns and caught four passes for 74 yards.
When senior Nico Evans won the starting running back job this year, Woods was moved to defensive end. Evans missed two full games and nearly a half of another with a rib injury, but is still leading the Mountain West in rushing.
He rushed for more than 100 yards in the three full games he has played, including a career-high 192 yards against Boise State, and had 89 yards rushing in the game against Washington State, despite suffering the rib injury on the fifth play of the second half.