UW fall camp – Day 6

Wyoming’s first period of its Saturday morning practice was some 11-on-11 work.

First-year coach Craig Bohl said he often does this because it is a good — and difficult — drill for the quarterbacks because there is a lot of “chaos” going on. It allows them to think things through and prepare for what might happen in the early portions of any game. In this case, it is for the season-opener three weeks from today against Montana.

There was a good mix of the No. 1 offense vs. the No. 1 defense and twos vs. twos.

Colby Kirkegaard

Colby Kirkegaard

No big surprises with the No. 1 offense. Redshirt senior Colby Kirkegaard took all the snaps with the ones. UW is still without their two starting right tackles in sophomore Nathan Leddige (left) and senior Connor Rains (right) due to head and concussion issues. Rains was at Saturday morning’s practice in uniform, and Bohl said he didn’t have a concusssion Leddige was not at the practice, and does have a concussion.

Redshirt freshman Kurtis Stirneman was on the left side and junior Austin Traphagan on the right with the No. 1 offense. With the twos it looked like true freshman Ryan Cummings on the left and redshirt freshman Taylor Knestis on the right.

Added Bohl on the offensive line: “I’d say of all the position groups on the field that is unsettled, that’s it.”

UW practiced in shoulder pads and helmets, so there was no tackling. The No. 1 defense recorded a few sacks. Senior outside linebacker Mark Nzeocha had one.

Jake Maulhardt

Jake Maulhardt

For the second-teamers, sophomore quarterback Tom Thornton thew a nice deep ball to sophomore receiver Jake Maulhardt.

Kirkegaard and Thornton were the only quarterbacks who took snaps during that team period.

Saw a handful of true freshmen get some time with the No. 2 units. On offense, there was Cummings along the line, and tight ends Brinkley Jolley and Grant Lewis. Defensively, there was cornerbacks Robert Priester and Ryon’e Winters, and safety Chavez Pownell Jr.

UW lists three positions on defense with an “or” in terms of the starters. For this team period, senior middle linebacker Jordan Stanton, senior outside linebacker Devyn Harris and sophomore nose tackle Chase Appleby worked with the first team. However, their backups — senior Alex Borgs, sophomore Lucas Wacha and sophomore Uso Olive — all played a lot. Bohl said among the linebacker, Stanton and Harris are likely to be the starters. He also said Appleby and Olive both will play a lot, along with the starter and backup at defensive tackle. The starter is senior Patrick Mertens. The backup is unknonw, but redshirt junior Troy Boyland appears to be the favorite.

After that team period UW went into some individual drill work, and here are some video highlights from that:

Joshua Stanton

Joshua Stanton

True freshman defensive end Joshua Stanton was at practice with a protective boot over his right foot. He also needed a scooter to get around. Stanton was injured earlier this week.

Sophomore long snapper Brendan Turelli practiced for the third time of fall camp, and showed up Saturday wearing a UW visor that drew a lot of attention — and some teasing — from his teammates.

Senior quarterback Sam Stratton was in good spirits Saturday — as he is every day. He was the first one to react to Turelli and his visor. Stratton came up with his top three guys on the team with “swag.” He put himself at No. 1, followed by senior cornerback Blair Burns and Turelli.

Sam Stratton

Sam Stratton

UW practiced for about two hours Saturday morning, and practiced again in the afternoon. However, there is no media access to the afternoon practice, or to Sunday’s single practice.

Bohl said that true freshman linebacker A.J. Hotchkins, a late-singee of the 2014 recruiting class, left the team.

See Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net for a story on how UW has responded to the NCAA’s new rule of unlimited meals for student-athletes. That rule went into effect Aug. 1. Needless to say, the athletes are happy.

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    • Bohl said it was on his own accord and that it wasn’t for him. Did not go into specifics.


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