Wyoming started its 2013 spring football practice bright and early Tuesday. Actually, it was still dark outside when the team started at 6:30 a.m. in UW’s indoor practice facility. The team will practice in the mornings this spring, but likely at 8 a.m. The spring game on April 27 will be at 2 p.m.
The reason it practice at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday was because a lot of players had class conflicts.
“I thought the effort was good and the intentions were good,” fifth-year coach Dave Christensen said. “We have a long ways to go and some habits we have to get changed.”
Christensen wants to increase the tempo of all practices, which already was pretty high to begin with. Christensen said he thought the team got tired at the end on Monday’s workout.
“We want to practice faster than anybody in the country,” Christensen said. “We didn’t today. We are going to and we are going to learn form this. We will be much faster (Wednesday).”
Christensen also didn’t like the way the offense threw the ball, and said there were too many turnovers — bad for the offense but good for the defense.
Both junior quarterback Brett Smith and sophomore quarterback Jason Thompson threw interceptions in a 11-on-11 period at the end of practice. Thompson also threw one in a 7-on-7 drill.
Some other observations from practice:
–Sophomores Rafe Kiely, Jake Jones and Carson Kass took turns working at center. Jones spent most of the practice as the starting right guard.
–Junior Connor Rains and sophomore Austin Traphagan took most of the snaps at the two starting offensive tackle spots. Traphagan was on the left side, Rains on the right.
–Was good to see senior Devyn Harris back at linebacker. Harris missed all but one game last season with an injury.
–Junior-college Troy Boyland is all of the 310 pounds he is listed as — and maybe more. Looks like he could lose a few pounds, but moved around pretty well.
–Despite throwing an interception, Smith looked good throwing the ball. Thompson had some good deep throws and Thornton showed that he has a strong arm.
–Junior-college tight end J.D. Krill looks like he could be a dynamic weapon this season. He has good size at 6-6, 255, runs good routes and catches the ball. He should be fun to watch.
–Junior cornerback DeAndre Jones broke up several passes, and junior safety Chad Reese was the one who intercepted Smith and broke up a few passes as well.
–Guys who took some reps at long snapping were sophomore linebacker Siaosi Hala’api’api, redshirt freshman defensive lineman Chase Appleby and junior offensive lineman Skyler Hinton.
Practice No. 2 is at 8 a.m. Wednesday. The team will have position meetings Thursday and the players will have the rest of the Easter weekend off.
For more on spring football, including a story on how two former junior-college teammates are now part of the same coaching staff at UW, see Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to www.wyosports.net.