Kamana has extra motivation to play this week

Saturday will be a homecoming of sorts for Wyoming redshirt freshman strong safety Tim Kamana when the Cowboys (3-1) play at No. 9 Michigan State.

Kamana’s father, Carter, lettered at Michigan State as a cornerback from 1981-84. Tim Kamana said his dad took him to a Michigan State football camp before his junior year of high school, and he also went to one before his senior year.

Kamana said Michigan State showed some interest in him, but there was no scholarship offer.

Saturday, with his dad in attendance and his sister, who attends Michigan State, Kamana gets to play in the same stadium his dad did 30 years ago.

And, Kamana could make his first-ever start as senior Jesse Sampson injured a knee in last Saturday’s 20-19 UW win over Florida Atlantic in Laramie.

Kamana’s uncle and grandfather both played college football at USC, so football is in the family blood. Here is what Kamana said about Saturday’s game:

Monday was interview day for the media with players and coaches. Here are some highlights:

–First-year coach Craig Bohl said junior right guard Jake Jones (appendicitis) has been cleared to practice and should play Saturday. Jones missed the last two games, and had surgery Sept. 11. Bohl also said he hopes to get sophomore right guard Sam Hardy (ankle) back, but will wait and see how he practices this week.

–True freshman cornerback Robert Priester moved up to No. 2 at right cornerback behind senior Blair Burns. Priester has 13 tackles in his last two games, including a career-best nine against Florida Atlantic. There has been a lot of players shuffling in and out among UW’s cornerbacks and safeties in recent games. For more on that, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.

–Thirty years ago, Bohl and Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio interviewed for the defensive backs coach at North Dakota State. Bohl got the job. Today, both coaches are two of the more respected guys in college football. Bohl said a lot of his coaches with him now, and when he was the head coach at North Dakota State, spent time with Dantonio and his staff talking and studying football. Bohl said he and Dantonio are not best friends, but have talked on the phone and there is a mutual respect among them and their programs. “From an outsiders perspective, to see the job (Dantonio) has done when he got the job at Cincinnati (2004-06), and the outstanding job he’s done at Michigan state, he enjoys a great reputation as and excellent football coach and an even better person,” Bohl said.

–UW senior kicker Stuart Williams was the Mountain West’s Speical Teams Player of the Week. He kicked a career-long 50-yard field goal against Florida Atlantic, and had the game-winner from 18 yards with 15 seconds left. Williams is 4 of 4 on field goals this season, and 8 of 8 on extra points. Williams is UW’s third MW player of the week this season. Senior linebackers Mark Nzeocha and Jordan Stanton earned the defensive honor during the first two weeks of the season.

–UW senior receiver Dominic Rufran’s 88-yard catch and run late in the Florida Atlantic game set up the game-winning field goal with 15 seconds to play. It was Rufran’s longest play at UW, but he said he had a couple more than 90 yards when he was at Palmer High in Colorado Springs, Colorado. “It was a moment to be so grateful for, and to experience with my team,” Rufran said.

Here is most of what Bohl said during his news conference with the media Monday:

3 thoughts on “Kamana has extra motivation to play this week

  1. Ref ran probably meant the 9 ‘ s meaning yardage not the year. He was not in high school in the 1990’s

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