Drops continue to hurt UW receivers

Sophomore Robert Herron has caught 15 passes for 100 yards for Wyoming in its two spring scrimmages, which are team-highs in both categories.

More importantly, Herron didn’t have any dropped passes in last Saturday’s scrimmage. Drops have been a problem for UW’s receiving corps this spring.

But UW coach Dave Christensen said Herron dropped a touchdown pass in Monday’s practice in the school’s indoor practice facility, and is tired of all the drops he’s seen this spring.

“You can’t drop touchdown passes and think real highly of guys,” Christensen said. “You’ve got to catch the football in this offense no mater how quick or fast you are.

“The great news is there are five receivers coming this summer and the comeption is going to heat up like someone threw karosine in it.”

Those five receivers coming in are all true freshmen: Josh Doctson (6-4, 185), London Muse (5-11, 185), Trey Norman (6-1, 170), Kevin Robertson (6-4, 210) and Dominic Rufran (6-0, 185).

Herron is one of the fastest players on the team, and seems to be a go-to guy this spring for both UW quarterbacks — redshirt freshman Emory Miller Jr. and true freshman Brett Smith. No one else on the team has caught more than nine passes in the two scrimmages.

“If you’re open the quarterback is going to throw it to you, so I try to get open a lot and try to catch the ball,” Herron said.

“A lot of times I try to run with the ball before I catch it. I’ve got work on calming down and catch the ball first.”

And the goal for Saturday’s spring game for Herron, who played both receiver and running back last season as a true freshman: “No drops, at least as many catches I had in the last scrimmage and to score.”


Some news and notes from Monday’s practice:

–First-year offensive coordinator Gregg Brandon said as of today Miller Jr. is the No. 1 quarterback with Smith a close second. Brandon said Smith struggled in his first extensive time against the No. 1 defense in last Saturday’s scrimmage. Brandon also said of Miller’s two interceptions, one was a bad throw and the other was when he tried to throw the ball out of bounds and his arm was hit by a defender.

–Brandon on Smith: “He’ll be fine. The kid should be in the prom. We keep forgetting about that because you want him to step up and be a guy. He will be. He’s just a young player.”

–Herron on the progress of Miller and Smith at quarterback: “I don’t see nobody over each other. they both make plays when they’re out there.”

–Even though the defense beat the offense 72-41 last Saturday, Brandon was quick to point out both the No. 1 and No. 2 offense scored touchdowns against the No. 1 defense.

–Christensen said the offense won Monday’s practice 4-2, and this was the last practice in full pads before Saturday’s spring game.

–Christensen hopes to have a player draft for the spring game, which is at 2 p.m. Saturday. Weather will determine if it is play inside or outside. Early forecasts look like it will be indoors.

–No scholarship players were hurt in last Saturday’s scrimmage. However, Christensen said junior defensive tackle Kurt Taufa’asau was hurt in Monday’s practice. Christensen didn’t know the extent of the injury. Practices are closed to the media and Christensen does not discuss specific injuries to players with the media.

See Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle www.wyomingnews.com and Laramie Boomerang www.laramieboomerang.com for a story on how BYU may have helped UW find a new receiver this season.

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