UW fall camp — Day 2

The Cowboys’ second practice of fall camp started at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, and lasted about 2 1/2 hours. It was similar to Monday’s first workout as players were in shorts and helmets and did a lot of fundamental work.

But two days in and the first practice in full pads on until Friday, sophomore quarterback Brett Smith likes what he sees.

“Compared to last spring, last fall camp and this spring we are far beyond where we were in installing our offense,” he said. “It took us a while to get things down. We hit the ground running (Monday) and today was good, too. I feel like I have a lot of chemistry with the guys and the receivers out there.”

“What I love and I know the team loves, is that we install it, we already knew it and we’ve blown through it a high level.”

As far as some of the new offensive players, Smith said true freshmen running backs D.J. May and Shaun Wick have looked good, as have true freshmen receivers Trent Sewell and Nico Brown.

Defensively, new coordinator Chris Tormey also likes what he’s seen through the first two days.

“The thing that sticks out the most to me is the willingness and teachable spirit,” he said. “Guys are buying in and have taken to coaching. The effort has been pretty good, much better than it was a the beginning of spring football.”

Defensive end is one of the most intriguing position battles on the team, and Tormey said sophomore Sonny Puletasi — a projected starter coming out of spring — showed some flashes of effort and big-play ability early in camp. He’s also anxious to look at a pair of newcomers in junior-college transfer Justin Bernthaler and true freshman Sam Awrabi. But until the team gets in full pads, it’s tough to make any judgements. The first padded practice is Friday.

See Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and also www.wyosports.net, for my story on sophomore running back Nehemie Kankolongo and his determination to become a factor in UW’s run game this season. You might be surprised on who his biggest influence has been since he missed last season with a knee injury. Also find out what sophomore kicker Stuart Williams thinks of being the likely guy to take over the place-kicking duties this season.

 

  • Ty

    It appears that this has been a great recruiting class. How are the new kids looking? Trent and Nico seem to be living up to the hype and they have great player-coaches to learn from. I’m really curious about Maulhardt and Olive though. How are those guys looking?

    • rgagliardi

      Olive has looked good or as good as guys can look not in pads. The two running backs look good. Sewell and Brown have done well but its hard to tell about the other receiver because he’s not listed on the roster. But Brett Smith told me he’s liked what he’s seen from him so far.

      RG

      • Pat Stafford

        How is the second kicker in camp doing? Who is he? I would like to see a great competion between the both of them. Accuracy is more importent than distance.

        • rgagliardi

          Stuart Williams was the backup last year and he has been good so far in camp. He seems very confident. The other two are walk on freahmen: Taylor King from Casper and Justin Martin from California. Martin has a good leg and may compete for kickoff duties. King has struggled.

          RG

  • Scott

    Have you heard anymore about anymore games being on tv?

    • rgagliardi

      The conference is still working on it. Was hoping for an announcement over MW Media Day two weeks ago and then for another last week when the ADs met. One should come soon.

      RG

      • Timmy Jack

        RG-

        Can you enlighten us on Fleischman. Be nice if we could get some real insight into lost players and reasons behind the dissapearance of these guys. Thanks and happy fishing.
        Timmer

        • rgagliardi

          From what I’ve heard it was an injury away from training and football like a broken ankle or something along those lines. I’m sure the coaches were not happy about it and I don’t think the kid was either. When all was said and done the kid decided to leave. That’s the best I know now.

          RG