Cheyenne, Wyo.- Wyoming Redshirt freshman quarterback Tyler Vander Waal will get his first start of his collegiate career on Saturday as the Cowboys face New Mexico State in its season opener.
"Everyone's comparing me to Josh - Josh this, Josh that - but I'm just going out there and playing my own game, having fun, just being grateful for the opportunity given and ultimately doing what I'm capable of," said Wyoming redshirt freshman Vander Waal, who will start for the Cowboys on Saturday against New Mexico State.
Craig Bohl, Wyoming's head football coach, is confident in his decision and has seen a major improvement in Vander Waa'ls game over the last few months.
"He's got a very accurate arm, good arm strength and he's got good mobility. He's done a really good job of extending plays and keeping his eyes down field," said Bohl.
Vander Waals teammate and veteran tight end Austin Fort says he trust his quarterback.
"You can see everyday when he gets out to the field - he's learning so much - every rep he gets better," said Fort.
The Cowboys will open up the season on the road as they face New Mexico State on Saturday at 8 p.m.