Cowboys open fall camp Monday morning

And so it begins. Wyoming’s first of 24 practices of fall camp started Monday morning in Laramie. The team did some drill work, walk-throughs and stretching in its indoor practice facility, and then headed out to Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium for the rest of practice. Unfortunately, the media is allowed to watch only the first 30 minutes of practice, which was all indoor so there is not a lot to report. But here are a couple of observations:

Colby Kirkegaard

Colby Kirkegaard

–During the walk-throughs, redshirt senior quarterback Colby Kirkegaard took all the snaps with the No. 1 offense, although there was a lot of moving around among other players on offense. Basically, Kirkegaard and true freshmen Nick Smith and Austin Fort were on one end, and sophomore Tom Thornton, senior Sam Stratton and sophomore Aaron Young were on the other end. The No. 1 and No. 2 defense went against Kirkegaard and his offensive group. The rest of the offensive and defensive guys were on the other end of the field. It was an odd mix and match of players. For instance, most of the top receivers were down with the backups. Most of the offensive plays were run plays so it may have been a run-specific walk-through. Here is a video of the receivers doing some hands work.

–As far as the starters went, there was nothing new in terms of the guys in this walk-through than what was indicated on the depth chart released prior to the start of camp. I saw true freshman tight end Grant Lewis get in a for a couple of snaps with the main offensive guys, same with true freshman defensive end John Jackson.

John Jackson

John Jackson

However, Jackson played inside along the line — where UW needs the most help in terms of depth. Jackson had decent size for a true freshman at 6-2, 280. –Of the three positions listed as “or” on the depth chart prior to camp — all on defense — the guys that got the first snaps in the walk-through Monday were senior Jordan Stanton at middle linebacker, senior Devyn Harris at weak-side linebacker and sophomore Chase Appleby at nose tackle. –There was no one not practicing due to injury early on. The team is is helmets and shorts for the first two days. It put on the shoulder pads on Wednesday and Thursday, and its first full-padded practice is Friday. –Everyone that was supposed to report did, expect for two walk-ons who decided not to return to the team: junior cornerback Zaquoya Parham and redshirt freshman offensive tackle Brayton Medina. Parham’s dad, Scott, lettered for the Cowboys from 1974-76. Parham was listed as third on the depth chart behind senior Blair Burns and redshirt junior Tyran Finley. He redshirted in 2011 and did not play in any games. Medina was listed as the backup at left tackle behind sophomore Nathan Leddige heading into camp.

Jalen Claiborne

Jalen Claiborne

–Stratton and senior receiver Jalen Claiborne have swapped jersey numbers. Claiborne is now wearing No. 9 to honor a friend from home who recently died. Stratton is one of two players to wear No. 1. The other is senior middle linebacker Jordan Stanton. Monday afternoon is media day for UW football, so check back here with more updates and details on that — and throughout fall camp. Also see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net. Here are some of the quarterbacks taking a few snaps early in practice.