Wyoming football coach Dave Christensen said, from what he saw, his team had a good practice Wednesday morning inside War Memorial Stadium. Christensen spends most of his time with the offense now that he is calling the plays.
Christensen said the same thing about Tuesday’s practice, but also said there were a few things that needed to be corrected … and they were.
“It was more of an effort on a couple of plays,” he said. “We expect 100 percent effort on every play by every player. When we don’t have it, we are going to call them out in front of their peers and get it corrected.”
Christensen said he has not noticed a difference in the way the team practiced last week getting ready for No. 22 Nebraska (then ranked No. 18) compared to this week facing and Idaho team on Saturday at home that lost its season-opener 40-6 at North Texas last week. That’s what Christensen said he wants to see out of his team, and also said the focus and intensity in practices going back to fall camp have been pretty consistent.
Christensen said he likes the competition at middle linebacker this week between senior Devyn Harris and junior Jordan Stanton. Harris started at Nebraska, but Stanton was more productive and has received most of the snaps with the starters this week in practice. “Jordan had a lot more production points in the last game. If you are producing it makes sense for me to put you out there and play you,” Christensen said. Expect both Stanton and and Harris to play Saturday.
Junior cornerback Tyran Finley was on crutches for the second straight day and didn’t practice, which indicates he likely won’t play Saturday. True freshman Tim Hayes has taken all the reps with the No. 1 defense in practice. “He has been doing good. He was mature when he got here from a mental and physical standpoint. He played against good competition in high school. He should be solid.”
Here is a video interview with Hayes from earlier this week: http://youtu.be/EhWkNUJIxzo
Idaho brought 64 players to its opener last week at North Texas, and 32 played in their first game.
First-year head coach Paul Petrino on Wyoming: “I think they have a great quarterback and their head coach is calling their plays now, which is probably going to make them a lot harder to defend. He’s a great coach, I remember him when he was at Missouri. He does a real nice job of calling plays. I thought they played their tail off against Nebraska and had a chance to win it. They’re a good football team. We have to be ready to go down there and have a great effort.”
NFL scouts from the Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots and New York Giants were at Wednesday’s practice.
UW redshirt freshman Lucas Wacha comes from an athletic family. His older brother, Michael, made his Major League Baseball debut Tuesday night as a starting pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. Michael allowed no runs in six innings.
For more on UW football, including a column on how much different things are for former Idaho interim coach Jason Gesser, who is now UW’s quarterbacks coach, and a more on Idaho, see Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.
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