UW fall football camp: Practice 15

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.”

For more on Thompson, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net

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.

7 thoughts on “UW fall football camp: Practice 15

  1. RG,

    Who’s it look like is going to start in the front 7 on D? I’ve been pretty curious how that was going to play since spring ball ended

    Thanks,

    KC

    • This is who will start at Nebraska, baring injury from here on out:
      DE: Eddie Yarbroug
      DT: Patrick Mertens
      DE: Justin Bernthaler
      Buck: Sonny Puletasi
      OLB: Mark Nzeocha
      MLB: Devyn Harris
      OLB: Lucas Wacha

      DT Uso Olive will play, DT Troy Boyland might. Buck Siaosi Hala’api’api will play. LB Nehemie Kankolongo should play, as could LB Alex Borgs. UW has been banged up a bit at LB, but Zack Berg and Malkaam Muhammad have returned to practice and could get into the mix as they get more practice time in.

      Hope that helps.

      RG

  2. Rob,

    Do you think we will be more physical on Defense? Are we capable of stopping the run? Lastly, our kicking game- can Williams kick the ball out of the end zone on a regular basis and can our punter whomever that is get hang time and consistently boot 40+ yards with coverage. Thanks man.

    • I think the defense will be more aggressive. Not sure about being more physical. I think there is some decent depth at LB and DB, but not as much up front. I think the starting 11 can be better than last year, but not sure yet on being more physical. The defense has to stop the run better than last year. I think it will be better, but at this point I don’t know how much. It is hard when they go against each other. In two scrimmages the defense has had its moments of being better against the run, but not all the time. Williams won’t do kickoffs. Justin Martin, a sophomore, will and he did it last year. He can kick it out of the end zone pretty well. UW also does a lot of kicking to spots, which I don’t know I like that much. As for the punting job, I think true freshman walk on Ethan Wood will be the guy and look for a lot of rugby-style punts. Could see Williams do some of that, too. I am a little worried about the punt game.

      RG

  3. Whats wrong with Boyland? Is he just not doing anything? Eddie Y should be a defensive end. All these Jucos and no one can tackle. Our defense sounds pretty pathetic again. Too bad Strong could n’t stay on the defensive line no fire on that side of the ball. Why isn’t Stanton staritng? Wacha seems small to be a D1 linebacker. It sure seems like a lot of busts on Defense. That rugby punting nonsense The only defense that DC has had any success with was Joe Glenn’s last class. Maybe UW is an impossible place to win nowadays. We got ran over by cal poly Neb might score 80 on us. Martinez will score at will on us.

    • Boyland has improved since he arrived in the spring, but still has a ways to go in my opinion. Yarbrough is a DE. He sometimes plays inside depending on the formation. Strong is good as an OG and is UW’s best they have. Stanton is behind Devyn Harris at MLB, and Harris is simply better right now. Stanton will play, however. Wacha is small, but the kid makes plays and has good instincts. Hope he can hold up throughout an entire season.

      RG

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