Former Wyoming Lineman Cummings Lands Opportunity in Alliance of American Football
Ryan Cummings, who played college football at Wyoming and was part of the teams that went to the Poinsettia Bowl in 2016 and Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in 2017, is getting a chance to extend his days on the gridiron.
Cummings is listed as an offensive lineman on the roster of the Salt Lake City Stallions of the newly-created Allaince of American Football, which will open its initial season the first week of February.
Salt Lake City is bieng coached by former Wyoming head coach Dennis Erickson, 71, who spent one year in Laramie (1986) and then moved to Washington State (1987-88). Erickson’s head coaching career began at Idaho (1982-85) and included time at Miami (1989-94) where the Hurricanes won national championships in 1989 and 1991; ORegon State (1999-02), and Arizona State (2007-11) on the college level. He most recently was an offensive assistant at Utah (2013-16).
Erickson also had head coaching jobs wiht the NFL Seattle Seahawks (1996-99) and San Francisco 49ers (2004-04).
Cummingsf, a native of Denver, had challenges in his senior season at Wyoming. He suffered a concussion early in the 2017 season and missed two games. Two games later he was sidelined with bacterial menengitis, but after four weeks was given permission to rejoin the Cowboys.
He played in the final two games of the regular season, and then the Potato Bowl victory over Central Michigan.
The AofAF will have franchises in San Diego, San Antonio, Arizona, Atlanta, Birmingham, Memphis and Orlando in addition to Salt Lake City.
There are familiar names among the head coaches, including Mike Martz in San Diego, Rick Neuheisel in Arizona, Mike Singletary in Memphis, and Steve Spurrier in Orlando.
Erickson said, even in his 70s, football had a lure.
“Golf gets old after awhile,” he said in an article published on the Stallions website. “I got tired of hooking it out of bounds and hitting it right all the time. I thought I better get back into coaching and have a little bit of fun.”