Wednesday was the first day Wyoming put on shoulder pads during fall camp, but its first full-padded practice isn’t until Friday.
The most significant thing the media got to see during the first 30 minutes we are allowed to watch was work on the punt game.
UW worked on a lot of different formations in both is punt and punt block teams. Senior linebacker Jordan Stanton blocked consecutive punts after junior Justin Martin replaced sophomore punter Ethan Wood. Sophomore tight end Jacob Hollister also blocked a punt working with the No. 2 team, and nearly blocked another, and senor linebacker Devyn Harris partially blocked one as well.
Coach Craig Bohl talks about that, and other aspects from practice in this video interview:
Wood handled the majority of the punts. He had a few good kicks, and some not-so-good ones. UW’s pressure was pretty consistent, so that probably didn’t help matters for Wood.
Guys who rotated in and out catching punts included redshirt junior running back D.J. May, senior receivers Dominic Rufran and Jalen Claiborne and redshirt junior cornerback Tyran Finley. Not many guys caught punts as most went out of bounds.
Redshirt freshman Drew Van Maanen handled the long-snapping duties. Sophomore Brendan Turelli is the starter, but he and senior kicker Stuart Williams are not in camp yet so coach Craig Bohl and his staff can look at other players. Turelli and Williams will join camp soon. Both players are working on their own.
A few other notes and observations:
–Redshirt freshman offensive tackle Taylor Knestis observed practiced but didn’t participate in what looked like a left leg injury. Knestis entered fall camp as the only backup behind senior Connor Rains at right tackle.
–UW’s defensive ends continue to be the first unit at practice. Wednesday’s workout started at 8:30 a.m., but the defensive ends were out prior to 8 a.m. working on some drills and walk-through stuff.
–May came out in his football pants instead of shorts, and looked to take a little grief from his teammates.
–Receivers coach Kenni Burns said there are five receivers right now that he thinks that can be productive for the team this season: seniors Dominic Rufran,Jalen Claiborne and Keenan Montgomery and sophomores Tanner Gentry and Tanner Simpson.
–Burns on how UW will use the receivers this season: “For us as an offensive staff, we’re not stupid enough to not know we have good personal at receiver,” Burns said. “We will tweak some things to get them the ball, and still stay true to who we are.”
–True freshman defensive tackle Sidney Malauulu on the possibility of playing this season: “I feel good playing ball. We will see when we go full pads.” Nobody is safe out here. We are all brothers and going for the same goal, but I am here to work and get a spot.”
–Scouts from the Arizona Cardinals and Jacksonville Jaguars were at practice. The San Diego Chargers were here Tuesday.
See Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Laramie Boomerang and long on to wyosports.net for a story on Claiborne, and why he changed his jersey number this season from 1 to 9.