CMU Preps for Wyoming QB Allen

With kickoff for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl less than 48 hours away, Central Michigan is preparing to face one of the country’s most talked-about quarterback prospects.

It was announced Wednesday that Wyoming junior signal caller Josh Allen would play in Friday’s bowl. Allen had missed the final two games of the regular season after suffering a shoulder injury in a win over Air Force on Nov. 11.

A projected 2018 first-round NFL Draft pick, Allen has completed 141-of-251 passing for 1,658 yards and 13 touchdowns over six interceptions. While the junior is returning to the team, the 6-foot-5, 240-pounder hasn’t yet made a decision if he will enter the draft.

“It’s exciting. He’s a great leader,” CMU senior defensive lineman Joe Ostman said. “Their offense runs through him. He’s a huge part of their team obviously. So, it’s going to be huge that we prepare for him. He’s got a very strong arm. Watching him on film, you can see why the pro scouts are excited about him. We’re excited for the challenge.”

The Cowboys (7-5, 5-3 MWC) are appearing in their second straight bowl game under fourth-year head coach Craig Bohl and 15th all time. In Allen’s absence, Wyoming lost its final two regular-season games to Fresno State (13-7) and San Jose State (20-17).

“They have a good team,” CMU senior defensive back Amari Coleman said. “They’re really solid all around. And offensively they have a really good QB, a projected top-five pick. I feel like just we’re looking forward to it. It’s a great opportunity for us to make some plays.”

Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m. Friday at Albertsons Stadium.