UW depth chart thoughts

After 11 practices and two scrimmages, first-year Wyoming football coach Craig Bohl released the first depth of spring drills Monday morning. This will give the staff a baseline going into fall camp in August, but it also will remain fluid as the Cowboys go through their final week of spring practices.

Here is that initial depth chart:

Defense

Field Cornerbacks

20 Blair Burns (5-10, 186, Sr., Plano, Texas)

14 Tyran Finley (5-9, 177, RJr., Birmingham, Ala.)

24 Zaquoya Parham (5-10, 181, Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.)

Free Safeties

13 Darrenn White (6-0, 192, Sr., Kansas City, Mo.)

16 Cortland Fort (6-0, 185, So., Fontana, Calif.)

18 Xavier Lewis (6-0, 190, So., Aurora, Colo.)

Strong Safeties

5 Jesse Sampson (6-0, 196, Sr., Canoga Park, Calif.)

23 Tim Kamana (5-11, 190, RFr., Honolulu, Hawai’i)

32 Jake Schiffner (5-10, 181, Sr., Calgary, Alberta)

48 Waddie Love (6-1, 185, Fr., Encampment, Wyo.)

Boundary Cornerbacks

4 DeAndre Jones (6-0, 186, Sr., Killeen, Texas)

29 Tim Hayes (5-9, 185, So., Los Angeles, Calif.)

37 Luke Kellum (5-10, 184, So., Lecompton, Kan.)

Strong-Side (SAM) Linebackers

21 Mark Nzeocha (6-3, 235, Sr., Neusitz, Germany)

9 Malkaam Muhammad (6-0, 228, Jr., St. Joseph, Mo.)

3 Jeff Lark (6-2, 213, Jr., Cedar Hill, Texas)

30 Brecken Biggs (6-0, 178, Fr., Casper, Wyo.)

Middle (MIKE) Linebackers

1 Jordan Stanton (6-0, 246, Sr., Palmdale, Calif.) OR

53 Alex Borgs (6-2, 232, Sr., Raesfeld, Germany)

40 Sam Boyd (6-1, 190, Fr., Eagle, Colo.)

Weak-Side (WILL) Linebackers

43 Devyn Harris (6-3, 240, Sr., Fountain, Colo.)

45 Lucas Wacha (6-1, 214, So., Texarkana, Texas)

28 Nehemie Kankolongo (5-11, 212, Sr., Coquitlam, B.C.)

Defensive Ends

55 Eddie Yarbrough (6-3, 257, Jr., Aurora, Colo.)

42 Riley Lange (6-3, 250, Sr., Parker, Colo.)

86 Adam Kinder (6-2, 206, So., Newport Beach, Calif.)

Defensive Tackles

95 Patrick Mertens (6-5, 295, Sr., Sterling, Colo.)

51 Troy Boyland (6-2, 302, RJr., Palo Alto, Calif.)

98 Dalton Fields (6-3, 265, RFr., Colorado Springs, Colo.)

97 Dan Crook (6-3, 272, Sr., Brigham City, Utah)

Nose Tackles

57 Chase Appleby (6-0, 289, So., Frisco, Texas)

90 Uso Olive (6-1, 293, So., Federal Way, Wash.)

54 James Diamanti (6-4, 296, RFr., Grand Junction, Colo.)

60 Du’Ryan Ebbesen (6-2, 288, RFr., St. Croix, Virgin Islands)

Defensive Ends

50 Sonny Puletasi (6-3, 251, Sr., Lawton, Okla.)

34 Siaosi Hala’api’api (6-2, 248, Jr., Honolulu, Hawai’i)

62 Seth Edeen (6-3, 203, Fr., Cheyenne, Wyo.)

Defensive Players Injured

6 B.J. Hendrix Jr. (5-11, 188, Sr., O’Fallon, Ill.) SS

61 Wyatt Mirich (6-3, 205, RJr., Bighorn, Wyo.) DE

Specialists

Place-kickers

40 Stuart Williams (5-11, 180, Sr., Nederland, Colo.)

39 Justin Martin (5-10, 178, Jr., Oakdale, Calif.)

Place-kickers (For Kickoffs)

TBA

Punters

41 Ethan Wood (6-3, 165, So., Colorado Srings, Colo.)

92 Matt Barr (6-0, 180, RFr., Yorba Linda, Calif.)

Holders

9 Sam Stratton (5-11, 186, Sr., Littleton, Colo.)

11 Colby Kirkegaard (6-3, 205, RSr., Phoenix, Ariz.)

Long Snappers

94 Brendan Turelli (6-2, 240, So., Phoenix, Ariz.)

36 Drew Van Maanen (6-1, 238, RFr., Parker, Colo.)

Offense

Quarterbacks

11 Colby Kirkegaard (6-3, 205, RSr., Phoenix, Ariz.)

9 Sam Stratton (5-11, 186, Sr., Littleton, Colo.) OR

13 Tom Thornton (6-1, 205, So., Tempe, Ariz.)

12 Aaron Young (6-2, 208, So., Sacramento, Calif.)

Running Backs

7 D.J. May (5-11, 196, RSo., Federal Way, Wash.)

21 Shaun Wick (5-10, 204, Jr., Oxnard, Calif.)

24 Omar Stover (5-11, 198, So., Bolingbrook, Ill.)

27 Oscar Nevermann (6-1, 210, So., Stockholm, Sweden)

32 Joshua Tapscott (5-9, 200, RFr., Nokesville, Va.)

Fullbacks

36 Drew Van Maanen (6-1, 238, RFr., Parker, Colo.)

47 Brandon Lukenbill (6-2, 224, So., Puyallup, Wash.)

Wide Receivers (Z)

1 Jalen Claiborne (5-9, 175, Sr., Carthage, Texas)

19 Keenan Montgomery (6-1, 180, Sr., St. Paul, Minn.)

3 Trey Norman (6-1, 175, Sr., Texarkana, Texas)

17 Josh Smith (6-3, 205, Sr., Manchester, N.H.)

5 Trent Sewell (6-2, 196, So., Bothell, Wash.)

Wide Receivers (X)

83 Jake Maulhardt (6-6, 215, So., Camarillo, Calif.)

4 Tanner Gentry (6-2, 190, So., Aurora, Colo.)

89 Nico Brown (6-3, 212, So., Leander, Texas)

81 Justin Berger (6-2, 209, Sr., Danville, Calif.)

82 Tanner Simpson (6-2, 188, So., Lander, Wyo.)

Tight Ends

25 J.D. Krill (6-6, 246, Sr., Mission Viejo, Calif.)

88 Jacob Hollister (6-4, 230, So., Bend, Ore.)

2 Eric Nzeocha (6-3, 208, So., Neusitz, Germany)

99 Brandon Preston (6-6, 215, Fr., Mountain View, Wyo.)

96 Micah Jones (6-3, 205, So., San Antonio, Texas)

Left Tackles

78 Nathan Leddige (6-5, 289, So., Beaverton, Ore.)

68 Brayton Medina (6-5, 302, RFr., Fountain, Colo.)

Left Guards

73 Chase Roullier (6-4, 293, So., Savage, Minn.)

64 Charlie Renfree (6-3, 268, RFr., Scottsdale, Ariz.)

65 Jessee Wilson (6-1, 245, Jr., Cowley, Wyo.)

Centers

63 Rafe Kiely (6-3, 299, Jr., Wheaton, Ill.)

76 Jacob English (6-5, 292, So., Beloit, Kan.)

66 Zach D’Amico (5-11, 275, Jr., Casper, Wyo.)

Right Guards

72 Jake Jones (6-3, 295, Jr., Lakewood, Colo.)

52 Sam Hardy (6-3, 299, So., West Hills, Calif.)

69 Richard Bettencourt (6-3, 290, Fr., Meridian, Idaho)

Right Tackles

77 Connor Rains (6-7, 318, Sr., Placerville, Calif.)

58 Taylor Knestis (6-5, 278, RFr., Lakewood, Colo.)

Offensive Players Injured

30 Jacob McGarvin (5-9, 155, RFr., Worland, Wyo.) WR

33 Dominic Rufran (6-0, 188, Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) WR

71 Austin Traphagan (6-5, 308, Jr., Yuma, Colo.) OT

75 Kurtis Stirneman (6-5, 270, RFr., Lakewood, Ill.) OT

87 Colin Gilbert (6-2, 184, RFr., Wauwatosa, Wis.) WR

91 Zack Flanigan (6-6, 210, Fr., Brandon, S.D.) TE

Return Specialists

Punt Returners

1 Jalen Claiborne (5-9, 175, Sr., Carthage, Texas)

20 Blair Burns (5-10, 186, Sr., Plano, Texas)

Kickoff Returners

TBA

Some initial thoughts:

–No surprise that redshirt senior Colby Kirkegaard is No. 1 at quarterback. But I was a little surprised that sophomore Tom Thornton moved up to “or” with senior Sam Stratton as the No. 2 guy, and that sophomore Aaron Young — a junior college transfer who played in a pro-style offense in junior college — is at No. 4.

Here’s what Bohl said about the quarterbacks: “Colby has separated himself slightly over the other guys. His understadning and competentcy is a little bit better. There is a tie with Tom and Sam, and those guys are making plays. Colby has a little better command of the offense, not only with his reads but where he’s supposed to go with the football and putting it where it needs to be.”

–Sophomore Chase Appleby was listed as the starter at nose tackle over sophomore Uso Olive. However, Bohl said both are good players and both will play a lot of snaps. Appleby got the nod over Olive on this depth chart based on last Saturday’s scrimmage. That is good news for UW as it needs depth at that spot.

–Same at middle linebacker where seniors Jordan Stanton and Alex Borgs are listed as “or” in terms of starting. Stanton led the team and was among the nation’s leading tacklers last season with 134. Borgs has played mostly on special teams in his career, but had a good winter and, Bohl said, a good scrimmage last week. “(Borgs) needs more of a look and needs to be noted on the depth chart. Alex is a guy where football is really important to him.”

–Bohl said after looking at the film from last Saturday’s scrimmage — and also at other times during the spring — he likes the skill level at receiver and running back. To no one’s surprise the top two running backs were redshirt sophomore D.J. May and junior Shaun Wick. Sophomore Omar Stover was third. Sophomore Jake Mauhlardt, a hard-working and tall kid at 6-6, was listed as one starter at receiver. UW listed two receiver spots on its depth chart and five guys on each spot, which does not include senior Dominic Rufran, the team’s leading receiver last year who is out this spring with a foot injury. Rufran will be back and it would not be a surprise of five to seven different receivers see significant time next season.

–Sophomore Cortland Fort is listed as the backup at free safety behind senior Darrenn White. Fort could play safety and corner this season based on his size (6-0, 185) and abilities. More on Fort later in the week.

–There was no listings for kickoff or kickoff returners. Work on those areas will go on this week in practice.

What do you guys think of this first depth chart? Would love to hear your thoughts and opinions.

3 thoughts on “UW depth chart thoughts

  1. I think the spring chart is a joke. Stanton or Borgs? Come on. Also Olive behind Appleby. May and Wick are interchangeable, but it seems that whoever gets the better blocking got the better opportunity. I also dont understand Gentry behind Maulhardt. Im also not the Coach so what do I know.

  2. To me, it seemed like Tapscott had a good showing in the 2nd scrimmage. I’m surprised to see him at the bottom of the depth chart. I hope he gets some more looks. As a Wyoming fan, I will be 100% in Kirkegaard’s corner because I believe Bohl and his staff know what they are doing. But all I can remember from Kirkegaard is him coming in for an injured Smith 2 or 3 years ago and him looking terrible and led to Thompson leapfrogging him on the depth chart within the next week. Hope it’s a new improved Kirkegaard.

    • The thing was Tapscott got those yards against the 3rd string defense. Big difference going up against the ones. Im looking forward to seeing Kirkgaard at the spring game. He seems to fit in well with the new offense.

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