Rain does not stop Cowboys at practice

There was rain early and late.

But it didn’t stop the Wyoming football team from practicing outside at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium Tuesday morning.

“There was no lightning and we have to play in it,” coach Dave Christensen said.

UW does not have a game on its schedule this season indoors, and it played a little bit in the rain in last Saturday’s 42-10 home win over Idaho. The forecast for Saturday’s home game with Northern Colorado calls for a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms, with a high of 67 degrees.

Some other news and notes from practice:

–Sophomore center Rafe Kiely split reps with the No. 1 offense with junior starter Albert Perez. Redshirt freshman guard Chase Roullier took most of the snaps at left guard for senior Tyler Strong, who was in a red, no contact jersey. Perez and Strong are expected to start against Northern Colorado.

–Junior receiver Jalen Claiborne, who was suspended by Christensen Monday for a “violation of team standards,” practiced with the scout team offense. Junior Keenan Montgomery is expected to start at receiver Saturday. Junior receiver Dominic Rufran and junior cornerback Blair Burns took turns fielding punts in place of Claiborne. Rufran, junior receiver Trey Norman, senior running back Brandon Miller and senior free safety Marqueston Huff took turns returning kickoffs. Claiborne was among the top two kickoff returners before his suspension.

–Redshirt freshman receiver Eric Nzeocha has changed his jersey number from 2 to 15. Last week, both he and Huff, who also wears No. 2, were on the field at the same time on special teams. The officials could have called a penalty on UW last week for having two players on the field at the same time with the same jersey number, but they didn’t.

–Defensive coordinator Chris Tormey was encouraging his defense to yell out the number of tackles for loss early in practice during some team periods. The running number was eight. Ironically, the Cowboys have had eight tackles for loss in each of their first two games.

–Rufran and Northern Colorado sophomore starting defensive tackle Chris Urbaniak were neighbors and friends growing up in Colorado Springs, Colo. Rufran said he lived “30 seconds” from Urbaniak’s house and grew up playing football together.

For more on UW football, and an update on what is going on around the Mountain West, see Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.