Upon further review …

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.

For more on that, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.

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.

2 thoughts on “Upon further review …

  1. Robert,
    Give me a sense of this QB and Offensive line situation. Looking at the ball coming out of these QB’s hands, it seems to flutter and tail off in a “soft” delivery. DB’s from opposing teams will jump all over these types of passes. With the loss of a couple bigs, we seem to be vulnerable in this key area, Big Time. Are there any other guys that can step into a rotation as freshmen? A strong running game begins up front, and the former staff never seems to develop that area on the field.
    Surprisingly, our D could be vastly improved as long as our linebackers play heads up and fill the holes. If we can get pressure in the opponents backfield and collapse the pocket on passing plays, mayhem and turnovers may be a regular occurrence. I do like what I’m hearing from the locker room. Cowboy Tough may be back in the Gem City very soon. With the likes of Mich State and Oregon, we’ll have our test in a very big way soon.

    • From what I’ve seen this spring — and I only get to see the first 30 minutes or so and have not seen any of the scrimmages — I would say that of all the QBs, Aaron Young has the best arm and best zip on the ball. But he is kind of pressing right now and Kirkegaard and Stratton are ahead of him. The QB race is far from over, but Kirkegaard and Stratton have been the most consistent thus far. Maybe not the strongest of arms, but most consistent.

      The loss of Madden at OT could hurt, but the other was a redshirt freshman that hadn’t played and I’m not sure if he was even in the mix at this point. UW feels good about the two likely starters — Rains and Leddige. Junior Austin Traphagan also has played tackle and will be in the mix this fall after coming back from a knee injury. The o-line coach said he is comfortable with what they have now. They would like more, but are OK for now. I would not expect a true freshman to come in and play right away on the offensive line.

      I hope this gives you a little better sense. Appreciate the questions and interest.

      RG

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