There was a significant absence during Wyoming Monday morning practice: junior starting quarterback Brett Smith.
“He was driving in this morning and had to pull over and throw up,” said coach Dave Christensen, who added that Smith had flu-like symptoms. “We sent him to see a doctor. If it is contagious we don’t want him to give it to the rest of the team.
“I talked to him at 10:30 last night. He called me and woke me up at home to tell me how excited he was. He was’t sick then.”
Sophomore backup Jason Thompson took all the snaps with the No. 1 offense. His first pass during an 11-on-11 drill was intercepted by junior outside linebacker Mark Nzeocha. Later during a 7-on-7 drill, Thompson was intercepted by true freshman free safety Xavier Lewis in a ball that was tipped by a receiver on a high throw from Thompson.
“It was just another day to come out and get better,” Thompson said. “There was nothing different scheme-wise, but just getting on the same page with the rest of the guys. It was kind of tough playing with a different group ,but it got better near the end.”
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Some other news and notes from Monday morning’s practice:
–During the last 11-on-11 period near the end of practice, senior running back Brandon Miller (the projected starter) fumbled the ball and it was recovered by sophomore Eddie Yarbrough.
–Senior free safety and co-captain Marqueston Huff was in a red, no-contact jersey and didn’t participate in any of the team periods. Huff’s backup, junior Chad Reese, was also in a red jersey. He was on crutches and had a walking boot on his right foot.
–Lewis played with the starters with Huff and Reese out. “He’s extremely smart and extremely talented,” said Huff about Lewis. “The biggest thing he needs to work on is his feet. Once he gets that down everything else is there. He has a very bright future.” Christensen added that Lewis will play this season.
–Junior-college transfer cornerback Tyran Finley took all the snaps with the No. 1 defense opposite of junior Blair Burns. Junior DeAndre Jones was the starter going into fall camp, but missed some time due to an injury last week. Jones practiced Monday, but with the No. 2 defense.
–True freshman quarterback Tommy Thornton was intercepted by junior linebacker Alex Borgs.
–Scouts from the Dallas Cowboys and Tennessee Titans were at practice.
–UW had it fourth and final two-a-day practice Monday, with the second session scheduled at 3:45 p.m. The team practices once Tuesday morning, and its final scrimmage of fall camp is at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday.