Wyoming junior starting quarterback Brett Smith was at practice Tuesday morning, but he didn’t do much.
Smith missed Monday’s workouts with flu-like symptoms. Smith participated in some individual drills, but didn’t take part in any of the team periods. Sophomore backup Jason Thompson replaced Smith for the second consecutive day.
“Not very good,” said Smith when I asked him how he felt after practice Tuesday. He said he had the flu and also an ear infection, which caused him to feel dizzy at times during practice. I would be surprised if Smith participates in Wednesday’s scrimmage, which marks the end of fall camp.
When asked what he is doing to get better, Smith said: “Medicine and rest.”
Some notes and observations from Tuesday’s practice:
–Senior free safety Marqueston Huff and junior backup Chad Reese remained out with injuries.True freshman Xavier Lewis ran with the No. 1 defense for the second consecutive day.
–Junior-college transfer cornerback Tyran Finley was with the No. 1 defense for the second straight day, opposite of junior Blair Burns. Junior DeAndre Jones was the starter heading into fall camp and remained there until an injury late during the team’s first scrimmage on Aug. 11. But now Jones is with the No. 3 defense, even though he is back to practice. True freshman Tim Hayes and redshirt freshman Cortland Fort were with the No. 2 defense.
–It appears that true freshman quarterback Tommy Thornton looks to have passed senior Colby Kirkegaard as the No. 3 quarterback. At least, that was the case the last couple of days of practice. During an 11-on-11 drill where the offense had the ball at the defense’s 25-yard line, Thornton led the offense to a touchdown, capped by a 2-yard TD run by true freshman running back Omar Stover.
–If I had to rank UW’s top four receivers as of now, I would go with (in no particular order) with senior Robert Herron and juniors Jalen Claiborne, Dominic Rufran and Trey Norman. The next four would be redshirt freshman Nico Brown, senior transfer Jarrod Darden, true freshman Tanner Gentry and junior Keenan Montgomery. After that it would be redshirt freshman Eric Nzeocha, redshirt freshman Tanner Simpson, junior Justin Berger and redshirt freshman Jake Maulhardt. UW runs a lot of receivers in and out of games, so all 12 should play this season.
–Coach Dave Christensen said Wednesday’s final fall camp scrimmage will only be about 50 plays. There will be a lot of game day stuff, such as pre-game warm-up routines, and a lot of special teams work. The scrimmage starts at 8:45 a.m. at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.
–Scouts from the Atlanta Falcons and the Arizona Cardinals were at practice.
See Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net for more UW football coverage, including a story of how senior running back Brandon Miller has been impressive in fall camp, after a slow start due to a minor injury.
Also, join me Wednesday at 9 a.m. for a live chat from the scrimmage. You can log on here on the blog or at wyosports.net. I will also have a live chat at 3 p.m. Thursday, so I hope you all will join me.