Pair of Wyoming soccer stars enter transfer portal hours after bowl win

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Levi Williams triumphantly wins his award-winning Idaho Potato Bowl MVP after Wyoming defeated Kent State 52-38 in their bowl meet Tuesday at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho. Less than 24 hours after a stellar bowl performance for the Pokes, the second student from Texas entered the transfer portal. (Wyoming Athletics)

Hours after playing the game of his footballing career in Wyoming, quarterback Levi Williams is likely to take his talents elsewhere for 2022.

In addition, his main wide receiver, Isaiah Neyor, jumps into the portal with him.

Williams and Neyor, both sophomores from Texas, entered the transfer portal Wednesday afternoon less than a day after each being integral to the Cowboys’ 52-38 win over Kent State on Tuesday in famed Idaho. Potato Bowl in Boise, Idaho.

Wyoming wide receiver Isaiah Neyor catches an assist in the Cowboys’ 52-38 win over Kent State on Tuesday in the famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, Idaho. Neyor, the Pokes’ best spreader last season, announced on Wednesday he was entering the transfer portal. (Wyoming Athletics)

Williams was spectacular on the blue turf at Albertsons Stadium, scoring five total touchdowns (four rushing, one with a pass) as he ran for 200 yards and threw 127 more en route to the MVP title of the bowl. He threw that score at Neyor in the second quarter of the game, a 42-yard strike that gave the Cowboys a 20-17 lead.

Williams’ performance marked the first time in a bowl that a quarterback had run for 200 yards and four touchdowns in a single game. But consistency was never the hallmark of Williams’ time at Laramie as he moved on and off as the flagman.

Williams threw for 2,210 yards, 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while running 763 yards and 13 touchdowns in 17 games with the Pokes. A freshman replacement in 2019 who ultimately won the starting position and led UW to win the Arizona Bowl over Georgia State, Williams played almost every snapshot in a 2020 split season before losing the position of departure to the camp for the benefit of junior Sean Chambers, who suffered a season-ending injury in the first game of 2020.

After Chambers calmed down after a hot 4-0 start – when UW scored 17 combined points in their next three games – Cowboys coach Craig Bohl replaced Williams, who started the remainder of the season. team before the San Jose State game on October 30.

Chambers is likely the current favorite to reprise the starting role for 2022 as a veteran with starting experience. Current red shirt freshman Gavin Beerup also threw 13 assists in 2020. Junior Jayden Clemons and red shirt freshman Hank Gibbs are also on the roster while 2022 rookie Caden Becker will be joining the quarter room in the fall.

Meanwhile, among spreaders, Neyor was by far the Pokes’ best receiving target this season with 44 receptions leading the team for 878 yards and 12 touchdowns. By comparison, the rest of the roster had three touchdowns received combined.

Redshirt rookie Joshua Cobbs is now the top returning wide receiver next season, having managed 25 passes for 245 yards and a touchdown. Tight Wings Treyton Welch and Parker Christensen will be the only other ghosts to catch at least 10 assists in 2021. Caleb Merritt, three-star receiving rookie in 2022, and State Tight Wing prospect Issac Schoenfeld, are some- some of the new faces that should arrive in Laramie for the next season.


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