Wyoming’s first spring practice under first-year coach Craig Bohl started just before 8 a.m. Wednesday in Laramie. Everyone began in the indoor practice facility, but as the sun continued to rise some players — mostly the defense — went outside in War Memorial Stadium.
Media were allowed to stay until about 8:45 a.m. The team won’t be in full pads until Saturday, and won’t be allowed to tackle per NCAA rules until next week.
Here are some highlights of some drill work with some of the players and coaches:
And, some random thoughts and observations:
–The pace of practice was different than in the past. There was a lot of teaching and explaining by the coaches during every drill. Obviously, that is to be expected with a new staff on the first day of spring drills.
–The two guys who figure to get the most of the reps at fullback this spring are redshirt freshman Drew Van Maanen (6-1, 238) and sophomore Brandon Lukenbill (6-2, 224). Those two were with all the running backs during individual drills.
–Sophomore defensive tackle Uso Olive said he started winter workouts at 289 pounds and with 18 percent body fat. At the start of spring drills, he said he is 298 pounds and 14.8 percent body fat. He also said that on days where he trains hard (practice, etc.) he is supposed to eat 5,600 calories. On off or lighter days, he supposed eat 3,680 calories.
–There were not a lot of guys in red jerseys due to injury. Senior receiver Dominic Rufran (foot) and junior offensive tackle Austin Traphagan (knee) were, but that was to be expected.
–Among the quarterbacks, sophomore Aaron Young has good zip on the ball. None of the five guys UW has at quarterback this spring looked bad, but again, it is the first day of spring. There is a lot of sorting and figuring out to do. Even Bohl, who made the rounds to various position groups early on during practice, said the same thing this morning. “We have a lot of work to do,” Bohl said.
Here video of Bohl’s comments to the media after practice:
–Redshirt senior quarterback Colby Kirkegaard is the most experienced quarterback on the roster entering his fourth year at UW and has played in seven games (one start). He said taking snaps from under center, thinking more of the play from being under center and having more time to read coverages are the biggest differences he sees with the new offense.
–Senior linebacker Devyn Harris said more of an emphasis on the run game on offense, and stopping the run on defense, are the biggest differences and impressions he’s seen so far with the new staff.
Check back here, at wyosports.net and Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang for more on spring football.