Wyoming’s 16th day and 20th practice of fall camp was in full pads Tuesday morning, and all of it was held outside at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.
Most of the previous practices started in its indoor practice facility, and then went outside. The Cowboys started with some 11-on-11 work, and the quarterbacks were sharp.
Redshirt senior Colby Kirkegaard — still the starter — threw a nice deep ball to senior receiver Dominic Rufran. Kirkegaard executed a pump fake to perfection on the play.
Kirkegaard made several nice throws during the period. One was over the middle to sophomore Jake Maulhardt, and another was to the sideline for senior receiver Jalen Claiborne.
Sophomore backups Tom Thornton and Aaron Young also took some snaps at quarterback. Thornton got more than Young. All the plays during the period were pass plays.
Junior defensive end Eddie Yarbrough had a sack early on of Kirkegaard (the quarterbacks were not allowed to be hit).
True freshman defensive tackle Sidney Malauulu had one of the more powerful plays of the day and he pushed backup sophomore center Jacob English back about three yards that disrupted a play.
Malauulu came back last week from a sprained MCL in his knee, and Bohl said he likely will play this season. More on him later this week.
Here’s what coach Craig Bohl said after Tuesday’s practice.
A few other notes and observations:
–For the second consecutive day, first-year coach Craig Bohl watched senior kicker Stuart Williams and true freshman walk-on Pierce Royster get some work in. Both kicked field goals from various distances and angles, and also worked on kickoffs. Williams was the most consistent of the two in both areas. On Monday, both kicked field goals off a tee. Tuesday, long snapper Brendan Turelli snapped the ball back to senior holder Sam Stratton.
–Redshirt sophomore running back D.J. May (turf toe) was back at practice, but Bohl said he will be held out a couple of days as a precaution. May said he will be ready for the season-opener Aug. 30 against Montana.
–Running backs coach Mike Bath said all of his running backs have had a good camp. It looks like true freshman Nico Evans will redshirt, but Bath said if UW ran its spread offense like it did the last five years, Evans probably would play.
–Redshirt freshman fullback Drew Van Maanen came out to practice sporting a mohawk
–A scout from the San Francisco 49ers was at practice.
Here are a couple of other quick videos from Tuesday morning’s practice:
— Robert Gagliardi (@rpgagliardi) August 19, 2014
See Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net for more on true freshman running back Brian Hill, and what he accomplished during fall camp to earn playing time this season. As of now Hill is third on the depth chart at running back behind May and junior Shaun Wick.