Not long after the first practice of fall camp began did Wyoming sports information director Tim Harkins tell media members that sophomore right tackle Daniel Fleischman left the team for personal reasons after suffering a non-football related injury about a week ago.
Fleischman was listed as the starter at right tackle coming out of spring drills, ahead of senior Kyle Magnuson and junior-college transfer Connor Rains. Magnuson didn’t compete in spring drills with an injury, and is the likely candidate to start.
Magnuson has played in 13 games in his career, and started three. He’s played both tackle and guard. But after him and senior Josh Leonard at left tackle — the projected starter — there is no one on the depth chart at either tackle spots that has played a down for the Cowboys.
Media members were allowed to watch the first hour of practice Monday. Players were in helmets and shorts and mostly did fundamental and agility work while we were there. Here are some quick observations.
–True freshmen running backs D.J. May and Shaun Wick looked good running and catching the ball.
–True freshman quarterback Jason Thompson looks to have good arm strength.
–There were a couple of wide receivers not listed on the roster that looked good. UW added a few that just joined the team that could help this season. True freshmen Trent Sewell and Nico Brown also looked good.
–True freshman defensive tackle Uso Olive isn’t tall (6-foot-1 as he’s listed might be generous) but he’s thick and has the makings of a solid run and gap-stuffer inside. UW had a lot of defensive linemen doing drills. Will be interesting to see how many can and will play this season.
–Sophomore kicker Daniel Sullivan wasn’t at practice. He has a “medical condition” according to coach Dave Christensen from a couple of weeks ago. Will try and get an update on his status after practice.
–Was told everyone that should have been at the first practice was, and no one was one the sidelines with injuries.
–Was also told that former UW player and graduate assistant Weston Johnson recently took an assistant coaching job in Sheridan for coach Don Julian and the defending 4A champ Broncs.
For more on UW football, including a story on who will be the next group of new receivers to help the Cowboys, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang. For video from practice and post-practice video interviews, check back here and log on to wyosports.net.