Wyoming’s first practice of the week to get ready for its road game at Fresno State Tuesday was held in its indoor practice facility.
There was a storm brewing over Laramie as practice started, and the wind was blowing pretty good. But that wasn’t the reason.
The reason was weather UW expects to face at Fresno, even with a 8:30 p.m. start (7:30 p.m. in Fresno). The weather forecast is for high of 85 degrees, which should be in the 70s during the game. Humidity levels are expected to be near 50 percent.
Heaters were turned up in the indoor practice facility Tuesday to make it feel warm and stuffy. Christensen said he hoped to get it up to about 80 degrees.
UW will practice indoors Wednesday.
Some other news and notes:
–All seven of the players Christensen listed as day-to-day on the injury report participated in the first 30 minutes of practice open to the media. That included sophomore quarterback Brett Smith, who took reps with the No. 1 offense during walk-throughs. Backup Jason Thompson also took snaps with the No. 1 offense.
–Fresno State leads the Mountain West in interceptions with 13. Senior safety Phillip Thomas is second in the nation with six interceptions in seven games, and sophomore safety Derron Smith is tied for 11th with four. A big reason why Fresno has so many interceptions? It leads the MW in quarterback sacks (21) and sack yardage (139). Junior defensive end Andy Jennings leads the MW in tackles for loss (eight) and forced fumbles (four). The Bulldogs also have scored four defensive touchdowns — two by Thomas on interception returns.
–UW is still searching for the right combination at safety, and it doesn’t help that seniors Luke Ruff and Luke Anderson are day-to-day with injuries. Don’t be surprised if sophomore Chad Reese sees a lot of time at free safety Saturday along side sophomore Darrenn White at strong safety. White, listed as a cornerback, is scheduled to make his third straight start at strong safety.
–Seventeen current UW players were on the 2009 team that defeated Fresno State 35-28 in double overtime in the New Mexico Bowl. Senior linebacker Ghaali Muhammad was a true freshman in 2009 and teamed with linebacker Brian Hendricks for the final sack in the second overtime to seal the win. Receiver Chris McNeill, also a true freshman in 2009, had one catch for 14 yards. Ruff, also a true freshman in 2009, played on special teams.
–A scout from the Philadelphia Eagles was at Tuesday’s practice.
See Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and also go to www.wyosports.net, for a story on why the defensive line is the latest position to use two assistant coaches and how those guys work together.