Fall camp came to a close for the Wyoming football team as it simulated some game day procedures Saturday morning at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.
The team practiced in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts. It stood on its own sideline, plays were signaled in from the sideline, officials were on hand and music was pumped in to simulate the chaos of a real game.
True freshman quarterback Brett Smith threw a long touchdown pass to junior running back Alvester Alexander to start the practice. Smith was later intercepted by junior safety Luke Ruff in a two-minute drill.
When asked if Smith will be the starter Sept. 3 against Weber State, coach Dave Christensen said: “We’ll watch the film, make a decision and let you know the Monday before the first game (Aug. 29).”
Expect Smith to be the starter.
Here’s what first-year offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Gregg Brandon said about Smith: “Going into camp I was very apprehensive. But 20 days later I’d say I’m pleasantly surprised. Brett can run and mange the offense. I thought our offensive instillation was very ambitious, and I thought we’d have to take days and back it up, but we didn’t.”
Brandon said junior-college transfer Colby Kirkegaard had an edge over true freshman Adam Pittser for the backup job going into Saturday, but Brandon wants to evaluate things after watching film from Saturday’s practice.
Some other notes from practice
–True freshman kicker Daniel Sullivan ended the practice with a 64-yard field goal. Both he and redshirt freshman walk-on Stuart Williams were accurate most of the day. Christensen said kickers attempted around 300 kicks during camp.
–Christensen said senior punter Austin McCoy likely will handle kickoffs for the season-opener against Weber State. He said Sullivan could eventually take over once he’s fully over a leg injury.
–True freshman cornerback Blair Burns is the teams’ third corner, or first to come off the bench.