Siaosi Hala’api’api has good size at 6-foot-2 and 235 pounds (at least that what his coaches say he weighs). He has good instincts and is aggressive, too.
Now you can add starting middle linebacker for Wyoming when the Cowboys play their home-opener Saturday against Toledo.
The true freshman’s name appeared atop the depth chart today. Out is junior Devyn Harris, who was hurt in last Saturday’s 37-17 loss at No. 15 Texas with what appeared to be an ankle injury. Coach Dave Christensen said Monday he’s not sure how long Harris will be out.
Another interesting tidbit at middle linebacker is senior Oliver Schober is available this week. He missed last week with an injury, but is not listed on the two-deep roster. Seldom-used junior Todd Knight is Hala’api’api’s back up. It’s uncertain what’s going on with Schober, but now it seems not injury-related.
Some other news and notes from Christensen’s news conference and interview session with players and assistant coaches:
–Toledo won at Temple 36-13 last season, and we all remember how Temple handled UW 37-15 in last year’s New Mexico Bowl. That should get UW’s attention. “If we don’t have great respect for them, then we’re not very smart. But I think our team well.”
–Christensen said he was hired at UW in December of 2008 he tried to hire first-year Toledo coach Matt Campbell, who was then an assistant at Toledo. Campbell was an assistant for current UW offensive coordinator Gregg Brandon when Brandon was the head coach at Bowling Green.
–Christensen said Toledo does a good job offensively with both of its quarterbacks — senior Austin Dantin and junior Terrance Owens. Both played against UW in 2010, a 20-15 UW win in Toledo. Owens connected on a 53-yard pass in that game.
–Toledo’s defense gave up 624 yards in a 24-17 overtime loss at Arizona last week, but Christensen said that unit is fast, sound and does a good job of not allowing big plays. He also said as an entire team, Toledo has good speed and was not over-matched by Arizona of the Pac-12 in that aspect.
For more UW and Toledo news, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and also go to wyosports.net.