Cowboys ready for first scrimmage

The first six spring practices for the Wyoming football team were not easy, and there was some hitting.

But the real hitting will be Saturday as the Cowboys hold their first scrimmage of spring drills at 11 a.m. The scrimmage is not open to the public or media.

“I’m ready to hit some running backs,” said senior linebacker Jordan Stanton. “(Redshirt sophomore running back) D.J. May has been cutting back a lot in practice, so I am ready to lay some licks and have some fun.”

Senior offensive tackle Connor Rains heard what Stanton said and laughed.

“He has to touch (the running backs first),” he said with a laugh. “He is not going to chase down D.J. or Shaun (junior Shaun Wick).”

Rains also said he’s “anxious to hit” Saturday.

Here are some highlights from the early portions of Friday’s practice:

Senior receiver Dominic Rufran (foot) has been out all spring, which was expected, but he was joined on the sideline Friday by sophomore Tanner Gentry (undisclosed injury). Junior-college transfer and tight end Jacob Hollister was limping during the early portions of practice.

Junior offensive guard Jake Jones was not in uniform Friday. Sophomore running back Omar Stover (hamstring) was limited.

Bohl said there have been some players with concussions and hamstring injuries this spring, but also said there will be enough players to “have a pretty long scrimmage.”

He said the scrimmage will be controlled and not situational, like many of the scrimmages in the spring and fall camp were with the previous coaching staff.

Bohl said this is an important scrimmage for the four quarterbacks battling for the starting job and playing time. He also said he wants to see how the fullbacks and tight ends do since those positions are new to the offense. Defensively, Bohl wants to see guys take good pursuit angles to the ball and show good overall effort.

Here is what coach Craig Bohl said after Friday’s practice and about Saturday’s scrimmage:

One final note, UW women’s basketball coach Joe Legerski was at practice, and talked with Bohl for a while.

See Saturday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to for more on the sudden and surprising departure of senior offensive tackle Walker Madden, who left the team for personal reasons. Madden started 10 games for UW last season. Here is the early story we ran on that Friday morning: