Once again, Wyoming started its ninth day and 11th practice of fall camp Tuesday with some 11-on-11 work as the team practiced in full pads. It was all passes by the offense, and it looked like the defense took a look at some different blitz packages.
Senior cornerback DeAndre Jones had a good session. He broke up a deep pass from redshirt senior quarterback Colby Kirkegaard to sophomore receiver Tanner Gentry deep down the field. Later, Jones jarred the ball loose from sophomore receiver Jake Maulhardt on a short pass over the middle.
The defense had the advantage over the offense for the most part, and it looked like at times the quarterbacks had issues with getting the play off before the play clock expired. Junior defensive end Eddie Yarbrough had two sacks — although quarterbacks were not allowed to be hit. Redshirt junior defensive tackle Troy Boyland had a sack, and senior defensive end Sonny Puletasi had an athletic pass break-up in pass coverage.
Per usual, Kirkegaard and sophomore Tom Thornton were the only quarterbacks to take snaps during this period. All indications are that Kirkegaard still has a firm grasp of the starting job, and Thornton is the backup.
UW mixed and matched a few offensive linemen in with the No. 1 offense at times. Sophomore Sam Hardy played some at guard and redshirt freshman Kurtis Stirneman played a few snaps at left tackle. Sophomore starter Nathan Leddige remains out with a concussion. Most of the snaps there went to junior Austin Traphagan.
True freshman cornerback Robert Priester and true freshman safety Chavez Pownell Jr. got some reps with the No. 2 defense.
Here is what first-year coach Craig Bohl said after Tuesday’s practice:
The offensive line was the first on the practice field this morning as it walked through some different blocking schemes and techniques.
As for injuries, there was no sign of sophomore outside linebacker Lucas Wacha at practice. Bohl said Monday Wacha is being monitored for a concussion. True freshman guard Richard Bettencourt was on crutches, and true freshman defensive end Seth Edeen — a walk-on from Cheyenne — also watched from the sidelines. True freshman defensive end Joshua Stanton and true freshman defensive tackle Sidney Malauulu remain out. Stanton remains in a walking boot after being injured last week. Malauulu was a brace around his right leg and has a grade one MCL sprain.
Junior backup kicker Justin Martin (ankle) was back at practice.
Bohl, running backs/fullbacks coach Mike Bath and several other coaches can’t get over how nice the weather has been in Laramie for camp. Bohl said this is the “best place in America” to hold camp because the temperatures do not get too warm. Bath said it took him some time getting used to not having camp with temperatures in the 90s.
Wait until fall and winter, guys, and see if you feel the same way.
Here is a quick video clip of UW’s defensive backs running a drill in War Memorial Stadium:
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A scout from the Atlanta Falcons was at practice.
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