UW Media Monday wrap-up

Wyoming football coach addressed the media like he normally does Monday afternoon in the Rochelle Athletics Center in Laramie.

This one was the longest compared to the previous three. I guess getting the first win of the season prompts more questions and answers, right?

One of the big topics today was about the defense, and the poor tackling the team showed in the 40-37 overtime win at Idaho. There was no exact number thrown out, but there were plenty.

Christensen said guys need to be better making plays in space, linebackers need to fill gaps better and the safeties need to play better.

He also said the defensive line has been consistent and good so far this season.

I had an interesting talk with sophomore starting quarterback Brett Smith. We all know by now how well he played at Idaho (365 yards passing, five touchdowns) in his first game after a head injury late against Toledo on Sept. 8. See the video interview with him Tuesday here and at WyoSports.net, but he said some very interesting things about the injury, and one’s he’s suffered in the past.

Christensen said no one was hurt against Idaho, and that junior receiver Robert Herron and senior defensive end Miraldo Michel will be back for the Nevada game Oct. 6. Other than players who have already been announced to be out for the season, Christensen said everyone else should be healthy for the Nevada game.

The team will practice Tuesday and Wednesday and then the players will have the rest of the week off. Coaches will be on the road recruiting Thursday through Saturday.

Even though Smith and the passing game was good at Idaho, Christensen said 30 of the 69 offensive plays went for two yards or less. That, he wasn’t happy about.

Probably to no one’s surprise, true freshman quarterback Jason Thompson is now No. 2 on the depth chart behind Smith. Junior Colby Kirkegaard is No. 3. No depth chart was released Monday, but that much was disclosed.

For more coverage, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.