Some backup offensive linemen got some work with the starters for Wyoming during Tuesday morning’s practice at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.
Redshirt freshman Chase Roullier continued to get reps at left guard for senior Tyler Strong, who missed last week’s game with Northern Colorado and is listed as questionable for Saturday night’s game at Air Force. Roullier started for Strong last week.
Sophomore Austin Traphagan got some snaps at left guard for sophomore starter Jake Jones, who appeared to suffer a minor injury in Tuesday’s practice. Traphagan is listed as a backup tackle, but also has played guard at UW. Redshirt freshman walk-on Josh Teeter also got a few snaps at guard.
Sophomore center Rafe Kiely continues to alternate snaps with junior starter Albert Perez. Perez has started the first three games, and is slated to do so at Air Force.
“We are rolling some guys in for some others who have some minor injuries,” coach Dave Christensen said. “We should be fine on Saturday.”
Some other news and notes from practice:
— Junior receiver Dominic Rufran was added to the Biletnikoff Award watch list Tuesday, and joins senior teammate Robert Herron among the group on this year’s list. The Biletnikoff Award goes to the best receiver in college football. Fans can vote for their favorite receiver at: http://www.biletnikoffaward.com/fan-vote
— Junior starting quarterback Brett Smith looked good at practice, and didn’t show any affects after he hurt his right ankle during the third play of last Saturday’s game against Northern Colorado. Smith didn’t have the ankle heavily wrapped like he did after he injured it last Saturday. “I don’t think there is any issue there,” Christensen said.
— Redshirt freshman starting outside linebacker Lucas Wacha was at practice, but didn’t participate in many drills, and didn’t do anything during team periods. This is purely speculation on my part, but my guess is Wacha suffered a concussion against Northern Colorado. UW does not disclose injuries to specific players. Wacha is listed as questionable this week: “I feel good, just taking it a little bit slow and getting some mental reps in.” If Wacha can’t play, look for senior Devyn Harris to take his spot. Harris, the backup middle linebacker behind junior Jordan Stanton, replaced Wacha last week and has played a lot in his career on the outside.
— A scout from the Seattle Seahawks was at practice.
— Junior Sam Stratton is UW’s scout team quarterback this week. Stratton has been the scout team QB for the Cowboys in the past when they have prepared for Air Force. Stratton, a receiver and holder on extra points and field goals, even is wearing a blue Air Force jersey and an Air Force helmet this week.
–Linebackers coach Robin Ross turned 59 today.
For more on UW football, including at the time of possession statistic for the team, see Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.