Jones earning more playing time at cornerback

Wyoming junior DeAndre Jones was one of two starting cornerbacks when fall camp started back in August.

But injuries and the emergence of some other players relegated Jones to a backup role.

DeAndre Jones

DeAndre Jones

Jones may not start in UW’s game at 8:15 p.m. Saturday against No. 17 Fresno State, but he will see the field.

“He definitely will play,” coach Dave Christensen said after Wednesday morning’s practice. “He’s done some good things.”

Jones and true freshman Tim Hayes are competing for the starting spot opposite of junior Blair Burns. Jones had three interceptions in Wednesday’s practice. Hayes has started in all but one game after junior-college transfer Tyran Finley was suffered a season-ending injury in the opener at then No. 18 Nebraska.

Some other news and notes from Wednesday’s practice:

–As is it did earlier this week, UW began practice in its indoor practice facility and then spent the last hour or so outside. Temperatures were in the 30s, but there was more wind than on Tuesday. “We’ve got some things to get straightened out, but there’s not a lack of effort out here,” Christensen said. “I’m sure it’s going to be significantly colder Saturday night, but it’s good to get out here. If we’re going to play in the elements, we’re going to practice in it.”

–Players and coaches have said for the last week there is more energy among the defense under interim defensive coordinator Jamar Cain. That was evident Wednesday, whether the defense did good or bad things. During a goal-line drill near the end of practice, the No. 1 defense had to stay out there until it stopped the scout team from scoring. It took a few reps, but it happened.

–Christensen said that redshirt freshman defensive end Sam Awrabi and true freshman defensive end Ryan Anaya of Casper are no longer on the team. Christensen said both left the program on their own accord. Neither one saw any playing time this season. Awrabi was hurt when fall camp started and didn’t begin practicing in full pads until a few weeks ago. UW was going to redshirt Anaya. Both were listed as backups behind sophomore Eddie Yarbrough. Don’t be surprised if sophomore buck (outside linebacker/defensive end) Siaosi Hala’api’api sees time at defensive end Saturday.