First-year Wyoming football coach Craig Bohl didn’t have a lot of updates regarding injuries prior to Tuesday’s practice, which was held outdoors in War Memorial Stadium.
Bohl said senior defensive end Sonny Puletasi (leg) and senior safety Jesse Sampson (knee) wouldn’t practice today. They will continue to be monitored throughout the week, but Bohl said even if they could play Saturday night at Fresno State, it would likely be in an emergency situation.
Redshirt freshman Tim Kamana and sophomore Will Tutein likely will start at both safety spots at Fresno State. Sophomore Xavier Lewis also will play. UW also will give true freshman cornerback Ryon’e Winters some snaps at safety this week..
Fresno State uses a lot of three and four wide receiver formations, which means UW could play a lot of nickel defense with more defensive backs in the game. That could help its depleted linebacking corps, who is without senior Mark Nzeocha (knee) and junior Malkaam Muhammad (elbow).
Senior linebacker Devyn Harris has played just about every linebacker position there is in his time at UW, and Bohl said Harris has been “a soldier” in terms being willing and able to learn multiple linebacker positions.
If UW plays more nickel defense, expect to see more of junior Tyran Finley at cornerback, as well as sophomore Tim Hayes when the Cowboys go with extra defensive backs.
Bohl said Monday’s first practice since the 45-31 loss at Colorado State was “pretty good” in terms of effort and attitudes from the players. Bohl also said during his weekly meeting with the team captains that maintaining a positive attitude and acknowledging the positives of the last game — and the season — are just as important as working on the team’s struggles and shortcomings.
It was a bit odd that two UW players — senior cornerback DeAndre Jones and sophomore left tackle Nathan Leddige — left the team Monday for personal reasons this late in the season. Jones started the first seven games, but didn’t start at Colorado State and didn’t play a whole lot. Leddige has had two concussions since the start of fall camp, and hand’t played since his second concussion prior to the Sept. 27 game at Michigan State.
Bohl didn’t comment on their departures, other than saying “all have different circumstances and that’s why I refuse any further comment.”
Junior running back Shaun Wick was at practice with a cast on his broken hand coaching up the other running backs. For more on the Cowboys’ new starter — true freshman Brian Hill — and the others who will back him up, see Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang and log on to wyosports.net.