Wednesday marked the final spring practice in full pads for Wyoming prior to its spring game at 2 p.m. Saturday.
And, first-year coach Craig Bohl said after Wednesday’s practice he could tell that some of the players may have been looking ahead to Saturday’s spring game, a Friday practice in just sweats and the end of spring drills in the coming days.
“I think some of our guys might have had the attitude that they want to get through today’s practice and spring ball is about done,” Bohl said. “We have to learn how to finish, and I don’t think we are there yet.”
“It’s a process. They want to do well and want to win, but I’m not confident they know how to win.”
UW continues to work on its kicking game this week. Senior kicker Stuart Williams looked good kicking several field goals from different distances.
The Cowboys continue to work with different kickoff returners. Senior receivers Jalen Claiborne and Trey Norman, sophomore receiver Trent Sewell and redshirt sophomore D.J. May and junior Shaun Wick — both running backs — are getting reps.
Here are some highlights of that, and other early portions of Wednesday’s practice:
Bohl said redshirt sophomore running back D.J. May (hamstring) and senior outside linebacker Mark Nzeocha (foot) were injured Wednesday. Bohl said May is doubtful for the spring game, and didn’t know the extent of Nzeocha’s injury.
Both players were listed as starters on Monday’s depth chart. May led all UW running backs with 78 rushing yards in the first two scrimmages, including a long run of 46 yards. Nzeocha led the team with 15 tackles in the two scrimmages.
Senior receiver Keenan Montgomery and senior strong safety Jesse Sampson didn’t practice. Montgomery has a concussion suffered in last Saturday’s scrimmage. Sampson’s injury is unknown, but it does not appear to be serious. He was not wearing any braces, boots or slings, and was not on crutches.
Sampson was listed as the starter at strong safety on Monday’s depth chart.
Bohl said the team did some goal line work near the end of practice, and was impressed by a stop made by the defense.
Here is what Bohl told the media after Wednesday’s practice:
Saturday’s spring game will have the team divided into two teams, which will be done by the coaching staff. Bohl said he hopes to have it be like a real game in terms of a clock, etc. But he also said based on the health of the team, there may be a running clock in the second half.
The team next practices Friday at 8:15 a.m., but just in sweats.
See Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net for a story on one of the surprises atop of UW’s depth chart — sophomore nose tackle Chase Appleby.