Preview of a Q&A with Craig Bohl

First-year Wyoming football coach Craig Bohl sat down with some media members Tuesday to look back at spring drills, and to look forward to the future as he and his staff continue to put their mark on the program.

Craig Bohl

Craig Bohl

Here are a few questions and answers from that 30-minute interview. See Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyopsorts.net for much more from Bohl.

Are you a coach that hopes to get verbal commitments early from recruits so when signing day comes its just a matter of making sure they sign?

“There’s a happy medium there. Time and time again, staffs will make mistakes. They will get everyone committed, and football players change a little bit. The next thing you know you have one offensive tackle committed and the other guys is turning out better, or better guys become available.

“Typically the guys we will have verbal commitments from will have been on campus informally or unofficially. They’ve seen the school and we’ve seen them. I just don’t anticipate 20 of our of the 25 guys we will sign will be committed before the season starts. Typically, those schools that do that are in the top five nationally. We’re not there but I do think we will have some commitments.”

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UW football post-spring depth chart

Here is the University of Wyoming’s post-spring depth chart released on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

Defense

Field Cornerbacks

20 Blair Burns (5-10, 186, Sr., Plano, Texas)

14 Tyran Finley (5-9, 177, RJr., Birmingham, Ala.)

24 Zaquoya Parham (5-10, 181, Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.)

Free Safeties

13 Darrenn White (6-0, 192, Sr., Kansas City, Mo.)

16 Cortland Fort (6-0, 185, So., Fontana, Calif.)

18 Xavier Lewis (6-0, 190, So., Aurora, Colo.)

Strong Safeties

5 Jesse Sampson (6-0, 196, Sr., Canoga Park, Calif.)

23 Tim Kamana (5-11, 190, RFr., Honolulu, Hawai’i)

32 Jake Schiffner (5-10, 181, Sr., Calgary, Alberta)

48 Waddie Love (6-1, 185, Fr., Encampment, Wyo.)

Boundary Cornerbacks

4 DeAndre Jones (6-0, 186, Sr., Killeen, Texas)

29 Tim Hayes (5-9, 185, So., Los Angeles, Calif.)

37 Luke Kellum (5-10, 184, So., Lecompton, Kan.)

Strong-Side (SAM) Linebackers

21 Mark Nzeocha (6-3, 235, Sr., Neusitz, Germany)

3 Jeff Lark (6-2, 213, Jr., Cedar Hill, Texas)

9 Malkaam Muhammad (6-0, 228, Jr., St. Joseph, Mo.)

30 Brecken Biggs (6-0, 178, Fr., Casper, Wyo.)

Middle (MIKE) Linebackers

1 Jordan Stanton (6-0, 246, Sr., Palmdale, Calif.) OR

53 Alex Borgs (6-2, 232, Sr., Raesfeld, Germany)

40 Sam Boyd (6-1, 190, Fr., Eagle, Colo.)

Weak-Side (WILL) Linebackers

43 Devyn Harris (6-3, 240, Sr., Fountain, Colo.) OR

45 Lucas Wacha (6-1, 214, So., Texarkana, Texas)

28 Nehemie Kankolongo (5-11, 212, Sr., Coquitlam, B.C.)

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Kamana has memorable spring game for Pokes

Saturday’s spring football game was extra special for redshirt freshman safety Tim Kamana.

Kamana had one of the biggest plays of the game as he recovered a fumble forced by

Tim Kamana

Tim Kamana

senior defensive end Sonny Pulatesi sacked senior quarterback Sam Stratton from the blind side. Kamana returned the ball 73 yards for a touchdown that helped the Brown team defeat the Gold 21-14.

“I was just dropping back and I saw the sack and the ball pop up,” he said. “I started sprinting toward the ball, and (sophomore nose tackle) Chase Appleby went down for the ball first. I thought he was going to get it and I would try and block for him.

“He missed it, and (Gold team member and junior running back) Shaun Wick dove in front of me and he missed it, too. I just scooped it up, and then (Gold team offensive guard) Jake Jones dove at my legs and got me a little bit. But I kept my feet and just ran.”

Kamana said somebody during the play stepped on the back of his foot and his shoe actually came off a little bit. He ran the majority of the way down field with his shoe nearly off his foot.

“I was like ‘please don’t get caught, please don’t get caught,’ ” Kamana said with a laugh.

But even better than Kamana’s big play was the fact his father, Carter, was at the game, and traveled all the way from Honolulu, Hawaii, to watch his son.

“My dad has pretty much been my coach since I was a little kid,” Kamana said. “He played the same position as me at Michigan State. Pretty much everything I learned, I learned from my dad.”

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UW spring game stats

The official statistics from the University of Wyoming’s spring game, which the Brown team won 21-14 over the Gold.

BROWN 21, GOLD 14

BROWN 7 7 7 0 — 21

GOLD 0 0 0 14 — 14

First Quarter

Brown — Brandon Lukenbill 3 pass from Tom Thornton. PAT: Stuart Williams kick. (5:58).

Second Quarter

Brown — Tim Kamana 73 fumble return. PAT: Stuart Williams kick. (5:51).

Third Quarter

Brown — Trent Sewell 52 pass from Tom Thornton. PAT: Stuart Williams kick. (2:16).

Fourth Quarter

Gold — Colby Kirkegaard 6 run. PAT: Justin Martin kick. (8:34).

Gold — Sam Stratton 1 run. PAT: Justin Martin kick. (0:15).

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Rosters out for UW spring football game

Here are the rosters for the University of Wyoming’s spring football game, which will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie.

The teams were picked by the coaches. The Brown team — for the most part — is the starting defense and backups on offense, and vice versa for the Gold squad.

Coach Craig Bohl said the offenses will be allowed one trick play in the game.

Below is the breakdown of both rosters:

Brown Team

(Brown Jerseys and Gold Pants)

1 Jordan Stanton LB 6-0 246 Sr. 1L Palmdale, Calif. (Los Angeles Pierce CC, Calif.)

2 Eric Nzeocha TE 6-3 208 So. 1L Neusitz, Germany (FOS Ansbach)

3 Trey Norman WR 6-1 175 Sr. 3L Texarkana, Texas (Liberty-Eylau)

4 DeAndre Jones CB 6-0 186 Sr. 3L Killeen, Texas (Harker Heights)

5 Trent Sewell WR 6-2 196 So. SQ Bothell, Wash. (Bothell)

5 Jesse Sampson SS 6-0 196 Sr. 1L Canoga Park, Calif. (College of the Canyons, Calif.)

9 Malkaam Muhammad LB 6-0 228 Jr. 1L St. Joseph, Mo. (Iowa Western CC, Iowa)

12 Aaron Young QB 6-2 208 So. JC Sacramento, Calif. (ASA CC, N.Y.)

13 Tom Thornton QB 6-1 205 So. SQ Tempe, Ariz. (Marcos de Niza)

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UW sports live chat replay

Here’s the replay of WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi’s weekly live chat on University of Wyoming on Thursday, April 17, 2014.

This was the final weekly chat until fall camp begins for football in August. But Gagliardi will host a live chat for UW’s spring football game, beginning at 1:45 p.m. Saturday, April 19. Check back to wyosports.net and wyomingcowboysblog.com for the link.

Bohl wants to see Cowboys finish

Wednesday marked the final spring practice in full pads for Wyoming prior to its spring game at 2 p.m. Saturday.

And, first-year coach Craig Bohl said after Wednesday’s practice he could tell that some of the players may have been looking ahead to Saturday’s spring game, a Friday practice in just sweats and the end of spring drills in the coming days.

“I think some of our guys might have had the attitude that they want to get through today’s practice and spring ball is about done,” Bohl said. “We have to learn how to finish, and I don’t think we are there yet.”

“It’s a process. They want to do well and want to win, but I’m not confident they know how to win.”

UW continues to work on its kicking game this week. Senior kicker Stuart Williams looked good kicking several field goals from different distances.

The Cowboys continue to work with different kickoff returners. Senior receivers Jalen Claiborne and Trey Norman, sophomore receiver Trent Sewell and redshirt sophomore D.J. May and junior Shaun Wick — both running backs — are getting reps.

Here are some highlights of that, and other early portions of Wednesday’s practice:

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