First-year Wyoming football coach Craig Bohl talked to the media for the first time Monday since last Saturday’s first scrimmage of spring drills.
After looking at the film, Bohl said there was a lot to be encouraged about.
As of now, the top two quarterbacks are redshirt senior Colby Kirkegaard and senior Sam Stratton. Bohl said sophomore Aaron Young is still learning, but doing some good things, and sophomore Tom Thornton is behind the other three — as of now.
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Here is what Bohl said after Monday’s practice:
Bohl said redshirt sophomore D.J. May and junior Shaun Wick have separated themselves at the running back spot. “D.J. has more breakaway ability,” Bohl said. “Shaun is really paying attention to the details, and is getting his reads and assignments down.”
UW’s starting defensive line of senior Sonny Puletasi and junior Eddie Yarbrough at the ends, along with senior Patrick Mertens and sophomore Uso Olive at defensive tackle is solid. Depth behind Mertens and Olive is not.
Bohl thought the receivers had a good scrimmage, and he saw some good things from the kicking game.
Bohl said he would release a depth chart after Saturday’s second scrimmage. Although he said that depth chart would remain fluid, it would give the team better idea of what it has going into fall camp in August.
Bohl said Monday that redshirt freshman offensive tackle Connor Riese left the team for family reasons. Riese is still in school. Bohl said he wants to transfer to a school closer to his home in Schofield, Wisc.
Riese is the second offensive tackle to leave the team this spring. Senior Walker Madden, who started 10 games last season, also left for personal reasons, but also is still in school.
Offensive line coach Scott Fuchs said Monday that sophomore Nathan Leddige is the leading candidate to replace Madden at left tackle this season. Fuchs said after about the fourth practice of spring that Leddige had in the inside track to be the starter. Senior Connor Rains, who started all 12 games last season at right tackle, remains solid there.
Fuchs also said that redshirt freshmen Taylor Knestis and Kurtis Stirneman will also be fine at the tackle spots, but right now are behind Leddige and Rains.
Four UW receivers on scholarship either did not practice or were limited Monday. Senior Dominic Rufran (foot) has been out all spring and will continue to be. However, he was not wearing a protective boot Monday. Others that were limited included sophomore Tanner Gentry, senior Keenan Montgomery and sophomore Trent Sewell.
Here are some highlights from Monday’s practice:
Tight end Jacob Hollister, a junior-college transfer, was in a walking boot and did not practice. Junior offensive guard Jake Jones also didn’t practice, but junior linebacker Malkaam Muhammad practiced for the first time this spring.
UW worked on field goals early in practice, and senior kicker Stuart Williams looked good. He made a 49-yarder and seemed to get good elevation on his kicks.
The team did some one-on-one drills where receivers went against defensive backs. The catch of the day went to senior Trey Norman, who made a one-handed snag near the sideline. Senior Jalen Claiborne also had a nice catch near the sideline.
Bohl said after previous practices he would have “refreshments” for the media, and he delivered Monday with coffee and doughnuts.