Second-year guards prepare to start Saturday on Wyoming’s offensive line | Football

LARAMIE — Jace Webb’s first snap as a Wyoming Cowboy was a long time coming, but it went about as well as it could have.

Austin Conway took a 3-yard reverse in for a touchdown Saturday when Webb took over for an injured Kaden Jackson at right guard, albeit to the opposite direction.

“It was awesome,” Webb said. “It was a great experience, going in (and) the first play is a touchdown. It was pretty neat.”

Webb will start Saturday in place of Jackson, who is sidelined with a knee injury, while Gavin Rush makes his second start of the year in place of senior guard Ryan Cummings (concussion).

Webb thought he might play as a true freshman last season, but a concussion in fall camp did him no favors, and he redshirted. This fall camp, Webb suffered an MCL and meniscus injury during a late-August scrimmage when a player was thrown into the side of his knee.

“Last year, I think it was a little bit tougher for him, because we were getting a lot of reps moving along,” offensive line coach Scott Fuchs said. “When you’re learning the offense, and that’s kind of that point there where you’re learning the offense, that’s going to hold you back quite a bit more, so that first-year injury was a little bit detrimental to his learning.

“As opposed to we were through fall camp (this year). That happened in the scrimmage. Jace knows what we’re doing, and he’s playing right and left. I think his comfort level is really getting there right now, and in pass blocking and run blocking, I think in both ways Jace is coming along fine.”

Webb began fully participating in practice two weeks ago and began taking more snaps the week before the Cowboys’ game against Hawaii, because Jackson had tweaked his knee against Oregon. Head coach Craig Bohl said Webb would start Saturday against Texas State, though junior Cole Turner had…

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