Tuesday’s football practice notes

Some news and notes from Tuesday’s Wyoming football practice:

–Coach Dave Christensen on the practice, which lasted a little more than two hours: “We had a good practice. We haven’t had a lot problems coming out and practicing well. We have some things we need to get cleaned up, but the effort was there today. It was a good, physical practice.”

–The battle on who starts at center, strong safety and strong-side linebacker is in full go. Sophomore Rafe Kiely and junior Albert Perez both took snaps with the No. 1 offense at center. Junior Chad Reese took advantage of his reps at strong safety. He had an interception of junior quarterback Brett Smith. Junior Mark Nzeocha looked to have the best day at strong-side linebacker. Nzeocha, the starter so far this season, intercepted Smith early in practice on a pass that as tipped by freshman receiver Tanner Gentry.

–Redshirt freshman receiver Jake Maulhardt, a 6-foot-6, 215-pounder from Camarillo, Calif., caught two passes for 18 yards against CSU, and now has three this season. He took a lot of reps with the No. 1 offense Tuesday: “He’s made some plays, and if you make plays you get a chance to play a little bit more,” Christensen said. “He’s a big target to throw at so he will get a little more action now that he’s made some plays.”

–One of the more enthusiastic coaches on the staff is defensive graduate assistant Dwain Crawford. After Reese intercepted Smith, Crawford ran across the field to congratulate him, and nearly fell along the sideline as his cleats — yes, he wears cleats at practice — slipped on the cement near the stands. Crawford helps with the defensive secondary.

–Christensen said the team will continue to practice outside the rest of the week. Even though it was cold early in practice, once the sun came out it was pleasant.

–With junior receivers Trey Norman and Jalen Claiborne nursing minor injuries — not sever enough to keep them out of Saturday’s game at San Jose State — senior running back Brandon Miller, sophomore running back Shaun Wick and senior free safety Marqueston Huff got some reps returning kickoffs.

–A scout from the Tennessee Titans was at practice.

Senior receiver Robert Herron is second on the team with 37 catches for 519 yards, and is third with three touchdowns. But is he having a good season? See Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net, for more on that.