The big news, or biggest topic everyone wants to know about hasn’t changed. Sophomore starting quarterback Brett Smith is still doubtful for Saturday’s game at Idaho after his head injury against Toledo on Sept. 8. Junior Colby Kirkegaard is listed as the starter, followed by true freshman Jason Thompson and then Smith.
However, coach Dave Christensen said there’s a possibility that all three could play, and that he won’t name a starter until game time Saturday at Idaho, which is 3 p.m.
So, Smith-Watch 2012 will continue for at least another week.
Want to know how Kirkegaard graded out on film after his first start of his career last week against Cal Poly, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, or long on to wyosports.net.
Other notes from Monday:
–Junior receiver Robert Herron, junior running back Brandon Miller and senior defensive end Miraldo Michel are doubtful for this week. Miller and Michel were hurt last week against Cal Poly. Herron hasn’t played since his five-catch, 173-yard, two-touchdown game in the opener at Texas.
–Miller is still listed as the No. 2 running back behind true freshman Shaun Wick. True freshman D.J. May is third. What about sophomore Kody Sutton? He might get in the mix this week. See Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang for more on that.
–Redshirt freshman Eddie Yarbrough is listed as a starter at one of the two defensive end spots, ahead of Michel.
–Senior defensive tackle Kurt Taufa’asau is back at defensive tackle, but listed as a backup behind junior Patrick Mertens.
–Seniors Luke Anderson and Luke Ruff are slated to start at both safety spots this week. Senior Kenny Browder OR sophomore Mark Nzeocha (who has out the last two weeks) are Ruff’s backups.
–Junior cornerback Marqueston Huff is listed back as a starter at one of the two cornerback spots. Sophomore DeAndre Jones started for Huff last week. Christensen competition will for starting jobs and playing time will continue this week.
–Christensen said UW is two plays from being a 2-1 team instead of a 0-3 squad. Can you name those plays? Christensen didn’t name them specifically and I don’t dispute his claim. Would like to know what you think those two plays are.
–Christensen on the state of the team after an 0-3 start: “When the ship starts taking on a little water, the rats go to the surface; they get on top of the deck. There’s no rats on top of this deck. They’re in it for the long haul. They’re vested. They’re angry right now. They are more determined than ever. They want to win as bad as I want to win.”
–Two players are no longer with the team. Junior backup receiver T.J. Smith was dismissed for a violation of team rules. He was suspended for the start of the season for the same reasons. He hadn’t caught a pass yet this season. Senior offensive guard Zach Rushing decided to walk away from football, but is still in school. He was hurt prior to last week’s game with Cal Poly and didn’t play. I was told him leaving was not injury-related or a disciplinary issue. Rushing played in the opener at Texas, but played in all 13 games last year and started four times.
For more UW-Idaho coverage, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and go to wyosports.net.