Cowboys coaches will be busy during bye week

Wyoming may not have a football game this week, but its coaches will be plenty busy.

The Cowboys held their first practice Tuesday since their 56-14 loss at No. 10 Michigan State last Saturday. They will practice Wednesday and Thursday, and will return to practice Saturday.

But starting Thursday, several UW coaches will be on the road recruiting for a couple of days before heading back to Laramie for Saturday’s practice, which will be in the afternoon.

Craig Bohl

Craig Bohl

NCAA rules prohibit coaches from talking about specific recruits until they have signed, but first-year coach Craig Bohl said UW will have coaches in Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, Minnesota, Arizona, California and Utah.

Utah is the interesting place, and specifically, UW will be in Salt Lake City. There is a lot of competition for players in the Beehive state with Utah, Utah State, Brigham Young, Weber State and Southern Utah. But Utah, and specifically the Salt Lake area, has a lot of football talent.

UW has not recruited that area steady for a long time. There are junior colleges there, but could the Cowboys get some prep prospects from there?

Bohl said now that he and his staff have had some time to get established in Laramie, he said recruiting — or at least interest in UW — has “significantly improved” from when he was hired in early December of last year.

UW will be able to sign a full class in 2015, and Bohl said there will be and emphasis on linebackers and wide receivers. UW has six senior receivers on its roster, and five senior linebackers.

Bohl isn’t a fan of taking a lot of junior-college players, but said he and his staff will take a look at some in this class, especially at receiver and linebacker. Bohl also said quarterback, running back and defensive linemen will also be looked at hard in the 2015 class, whether that is at the high school or junior-college levels.

Here is a link to UW’s verbal commitments it has to date, along with links to their video highlights:

http://wyomingcowboysblog.com/2014/09/22/uw-football-recruiting-update-2015-verbal-commitments/
UW practiced in shoulder pads and shorts Tuesday outside in War Memorial Stadium, which was windy and chilly.

Mark Nzeocha

Mark Nzeocha

Bohl said in his Monday news conference there will be some players held out of practice this week to get healed up before the Cowboys’ game at Hawaii Oct. 11. Sophomore right guard Sam Hardy (ankle) and sophomore left tackle Nathan Leddige (concussion) were two guys Bohl mentioned Monday. Also, senior outside linebacker Mark Nzeocha (toe and groin) and redshirt freshman fullback Drew Van Maanen (unknown) didn’t practice Tuesday.

For more on UW football, including how its offensive line needs to get healthy moving forward, see Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.