A pretty quiet and uneventful Monday news conference/interview session for Wyoming football.
Coach Dave Christensen was among about seven coaches on the staff out recruiting. Defensive coordinator Marty English took questions from the media, and said no further defensive changes will be made going into the Oct. 29 game at San Diego State.
There is a change on offense, kind of. For that, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang. And, check back to see my video interview I will post with offensive coordinator Gregg Brandon.
Talked to junior defensive tackle B.J Sumter for the first time this season. A very nice kid who was on the scout team as an offensive guard until last week. He was a defensive tackle in junior college. But later in the week I will tell you what else Sumter likes to do in his spare time.
No new injury news, and Brandon said the limping you saw true freshman quarterback Brett Smith do near the end of the first half last Saturday against UNLV isn’t serious. English said junior defensive tackle Mike Purcell and true freshman linebacker Mark Nzeocha should be back for San Diego State.
When UW faces San Diego State, it will try to stop the nation’s second-leading rusher is sophomore running back Ronnie Hillman. He averages 138.8 yards per game and has 10 touchdowns.
“He has great speed right off the bat,” English said. “He has tremendous balance and is a patient runner. He picks his holes, sees where he needs to make his cuts, finds those opportunities and then he’s 100 miles an hour. For his size (5-10, 190) he’s extremely strong.”
I think Hillman is the best running back UW will face this season, and its seen some good ones in Nebraska’s Rex Burkhead and Utah State’s Robert Turbin.