Wyoming’s first practice of the week Tuesday leading up to Saturday’s homecoming game with Air Force got off to an interesting start.
Sophomore starting quarterback Brett Smith wasn’t there — at least for first 30 minutes that’s open to the media.
“He had an appointment and I couldn’t get it changed,” coach Dave Christensen said after practice before reporters could even ask him about Smith.
Christensen said Smith arrived for the final 90 minutes of practice.
Some other notes from practice:
–UW practiced outside under chilly and windy conditions. The weather Saturday looks to be in the mid-to high 40s to low 50s at kickoff (5 p.m.). It might drop to the high 30s by the end of the game and winds will be around 14-23 miles per hour. There’s a 30 percent chance of showers. What kind, rain or snow, is anyone’s guess.
–Christensen on Air Force averaging 389.6 rushing yards per game, but doing most of it along the perimeter and not as much up the middle with the fullback: “I wouldn’t question anything they’re doing. It’s working. They will give it to the fullback some. They’ve been getting big chunks of yards on the perimeter and your can’t argue their success.”
–Defensive coordinator Chris Tormey said he thought senior linebacker had a good first day of practice getting ready for Air Force’s triple-option offense. He also said Jones rarely has bad days at practice. That’s a good sign because Jones said Monday he had a cold.
–Not only will UW wear their new camouflage uniforms Saturday, they also will don new Nike cleats. Some are gold and black, others are gold and black. Always good to have options. Including Saturday’s game, UW has worn a different uniform combination in its first six games.
–A scout from the Chicago Bears was at practice, the same one that attended the UW-Nevada game.
–Junior Marqueston Huff had a big game in UW’s 25-17 win at Air Force last season. He returned a fumble 48 yards for a touchdown with 25 seconds to play, and also had an interception. “If I get to be involved in the run I like playing against Air Force, but I don’t like to just be running and I turn around and they cut (block) me. I hate that part.”
Speaking of defensive backs, UW may be doing some shuffling this week at safety. Find out more on that, and how sophomore Darren White experienced something completely new when he played last week at Nevada, in Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and at www.wyosports.net.