Velazquez Appears Ready for `18 Debut; Fort Out With Knee Strain

Tight end Austin Fort is doubtful for the Cowboys' home game against War Memorial on Saturday, but all indications point to right tackle Alonzo Velazquez being cleared to make his 2018 debut, Wyoming coach Craig Bohl said Monday.

Fort, from Gillette, suffered a knee injury during the season opener at New Mexico State last weekend. Bohl said it appears to be a knee strain, but Fort will undergo further testing to make sure there is not a more serious problem. 

Velasquez missed the opener with a knee problem, but Bohl said "he is probable or better than that" for the Washington State game. Rudy Stofer started in place of Velasquez last week when the cowboys had three redshirt freshman on the offensive line. 

Bohl said senior Adam Pilapil will start at the weak-side linebacker in place of Cassh Maluia, who will be serving a one-game suspension for an off-season incident, in which a police report field with the Laramie Police Department indicated he was arrested for drinking under age and a DUI.

Bohl did not comment on the particulars of the suspension.

Bohl said he was encouraged by the play of redshirt freshman quarterback Tyler Vander Waal, who was 12-for-21 for 133 yards and was not sacked in his college debut. 

"He started out really well, going 7-for-7, I think," said Bohl. "He may have had a little dip, but I was really pleased with a freshman quarterback starting his first game, especially  against a team that won its bowl game."

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