Saturday’s spring football game was extra special for redshirt freshman safety Tim Kamana.
Kamana had one of the biggest plays of the game as he recovered a fumble forced by
senior defensive end Sonny Pulatesi sacked senior quarterback Sam Stratton from the blind side. Kamana returned the ball 73 yards for a touchdown that helped the Brown team defeat the Gold 21-14.
“I was just dropping back and I saw the sack and the ball pop up,” he said. “I started sprinting toward the ball, and (sophomore nose tackle) Chase Appleby went down for the ball first. I thought he was going to get it and I would try and block for him.
“He missed it, and (Gold team member and junior running back) Shaun Wick dove in front of me and he missed it, too. I just scooped it up, and then (Gold team offensive guard) Jake Jones dove at my legs and got me a little bit. But I kept my feet and just ran.”
Kamana said somebody during the play stepped on the back of his foot and his shoe actually came off a little bit. He ran the majority of the way down field with his shoe nearly off his foot.
“I was like ‘please don’t get caught, please don’t get caught,’ ” Kamana said with a laugh.
But even better than Kamana’s big play was the fact his father, Carter, was at the game, and traveled all the way from Honolulu, Hawaii, to watch his son.
“My dad has pretty much been my coach since I was a little kid,” Kamana said. “He played the same position as me at Michigan State. Pretty much everything I learned, I learned from my dad.”
Kamana said he wasn’t sure his dad would be at the game until early last week. It was the first time Kamana has seen his dad since Christmas break.
Football runs in the Kamana family. Not only did Carter play at Michigan State, but Kamana’s grandfather and uncle both played football at USC.
Here is what first-year Wyoming coach Craig Bohl said after the game:
Bohl was dressed in a suit Saturday, and made the rounds around the stadium much of the day. Obviously, he paid close attention to the game, but he spent some time with fans, was seen talking to UW men’s basketball coach Larry Shyatt early in the game and also spent some time in the press box.
Bohl mentioned how slow the elevator was in the press box getting back down to the field. While it may be one of the slower elevators in the Mountain West, he should have seen the old one before that.
A few thoughts and observations from the game:
–The two teams were divided up by the coaches, but the Brown team had most of the No. 1 defensive players and the Gold had most of the No. 1 offensive guys.
–The No. 1 defense had its way most of the game against the No. 1 offense, while the No. 2 offense played better against the No. 2 defense.
–The Brown team had 11 tackles for loss and six sacks — led by junior defensive end Eddie Yarbrough’s 13 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. Yarbrough attributed his success to the play of the defensive tackles tackles eating up blocks.
–I thought redshirt senior Colby Kirkegaard, senior Sam Stratton and sophomore Tom Thornton all did some good things at quarterback. I think Thornton has played really well over the last week or so of spring. Thornton had the best throw of the game, a 52-yard touchdown pass to sophomore receiver Trent Sewell. Thornton threw a good deep ball right on target.
–The overall tackling looked pretty good in the game. There was some big hits and not a ton of missed tackles that were glaring.
–Another cool moment in the game was when freshman walk-on defensive end Seth Edeen of Cheyenne (Cheyenne Central) sacked Thornton and forced a fumble that the Gold team recovered. Edeen’s uncle, Dave, was an all-conference defensive end for the Cowboys in 1988 — the team’s second of back-to-back WAC title teams. Nice to see and hear that Edeen name again associated with UW football.
–Veteran UW officials in the press box estimated the attendance at the game at 1,700, but there may have been closer to 2,000.
–Bohl said his assistants will hit the road immediately for spring recruiting. Bohl will attend some national committee meetings he is involved with in college football, and then travel around the state to get to know more fans and supporters. The players will wrap up the spring semester over the next few weeks, head home for a bit and return to campus in early June for summer workouts.
For more on the game, including the five big things to draw from this spring, see Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.