Hoping to Avoid the Injury Bug This Season

by Keith Kelley–6 May ’21

We talk a lot about how snake-bitten Wyoming QB Sean Chambers has been, as he has had three consecutive season-ending injuries. But, Cowboy offensive lineman Alonzo Velazquez has been bit by that injury bug, just as much, if not more.

Velazquez has played in games every year but one, which was last season, but all of the years were cut short due to some sort of injury. As a freshman, he played in and started ten games, his sophomore season he started five, as a junior he appeared in nine games, starting eight, and missed all of 2020 with a freak injury in the fall. But, he’s back for a final year, and he’s got a renewed enthusiasm.

“Especially after having several surgeries. But for me, if I’m still able to run, walk, I’m going to play football. I mean, that’s what I came here for. I understand that my body was completely telling me I can’t play football, but I know that I have plenty of football in me. I know that, just give me my opportunity, I’ll be able to show that my body can still play football. The idea (to not play anymore) did cross my mind, but did I actually think about it….no.”

Head coach Craig Bohl is glad that Velazquez is back, and acknowledges his perseverance will hopefully pay off this season.

“He’s getting to be an old man,” Bohl joked. “His knowledge in what he’s doing, and his perseverance is certainly important. He adds great value to our offensive line. And I know that Coach (Derek) Frazier is really happy with him, and I am as well.”

Velazquez is slated in that starting tackle spot, along with Frank Crum. The Cowboys have another practice this (Thursday) afternoon. The spring game is set for Saturday afternoon at 2 pm, and it is open to the public.