The time has come for Wyoming’s Uso Olive.
The 6-foot-1, 300-pound redshirt freshman defensive tackle has had a lot of hype for the Cowboys since he signed last year. Even though he redshirted last season and didn’t play, many consider Olive a key in improving UW’s run defense that allowed 232 yards per game last season.
Olive moved up to the No. 1 defense last week after an injury to senior Justin Bernthaler, who played defensive end last season.
“Running with the ones is crazy,” he said. “With the twos there is always somebody making a mistake. The ones, they are always perfecting stuff. When everybody is hitting their gap right, it is better. When I was running with the twos there were sometimes I would hit my gap and then somebody would hit my gap to mess up the whole play for me and the whole defense.
“With the ones I am out there with (senior defensive tackle) Pat Mertens, (sophomore defensive end) Eddie Yarbrough and (junior buck) Sonny Puletasi, and we have been communicating and always hitting the right spots. It is easier, but the speed is a lot faster.”
For more on Olive and his expectations for the 2013 season, see Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to www.wyosports.net.