Wyoming is nearly one-third of the way through spring practice. Here are a few notes and quotes that haven’t made this blog yet, or any of the other stories I’ve done to this point.
–UW coach Craig Bohl said sophomore defensive end Seth Edeen, a walk-on from Cheyenne and graduate of Cheyenne Central, had a good offseason and added about 15 pounds over the winter. During early walk-throughs from the first few practices, Edeen has been rotating in with some of the regular guys such as seniors Eddie Yarbrough and Siaosi Hala’api’api. Another guy rotating in is redshirt freshman Jonathan Kongbo. For more on him, see Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.
–To no one’s surprise, Bohl said senior Shaun Wick and sophomore Brian Hill have stood out as UW’s top two running backs this spring. But as the Cowboys look for depth behind those two, the competition appears to be going well. “We’re probably the closest in terms of being friends. The competition level we have allows us to push other so much that it’s crazy. Nobody is going to get mad at each other. Everyone is pushing each other to be the best we can be as a position group.” — sophomore running back Josh Tapscott.
— “I’ll put my momma’s house on it that our defense is going to be ready to play,” senior defensive end Eddie Yarbrough said. “One thing people overlook, we had a lot of seniors go down and had a lot of young guys play. I’m definitely excited and confident that our guys are going to play well.”
–Senior Tyran Finley, sophomore Ryon’e Winters, redshirt freshman C.J. Jennings and a few walk-ons have been getting reps at cornerback this spring. Sophomore Robert Priester is doing some drill work, but still recovering from knee surgery. But cornerbacks coach John Richardson isn’t ready yet to say if there’s been any separation at that position yet this spring. “Every single day we adjust the depth chart, he said. “We keep them on their toes. No one gets complacent. You’re not the starter until Game 1. Game 2 could be someone different because we’re constantly growing and evolving as players and individuals. The competition is there.”
–Junior Eric Nzeocha is still making the adjustment from tight end to linebacker. Nzeocha is getting reps at middle linebacker with junior Lucas Wacha. While Eric is getting plenty of coaching and guidance, he also is getting it from his older brother, Mark Nzeocha, an outside linebacker for the Cowboys last season as a senior. Mark is currently training in California getting ready for the NFL Draft, and Eric said his brother has workouts scheduled with the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots. More on Eric Nzeocha and his transition to the defense later this week.
–Not much to report on special teams as of now. UW has worked a lot on punting so far, and Bohl said junior Ethan Wood has punted the ball well so far this spring. Jalen Claiborne led UW last season in both punt and kickoff returns, but he was a senior. Some guys who likely will get looks to do one or both this season include Wick, Hill, Finley and senior D.J. May.