After signing day in February of 2014, cornerback Anthony Makransky was home in Friendswood, Texas, still looking for a place to play college football.
Through the aid of a recruiting service, his highlight tape ended up at Wyoming. Makransky came to Laramie as a walk-on, and less than a year later, he is listed as a starter for the Cowboys heading into its second spring scrimmage at 11 a.m. Saturday.
“He’s definitely a competitor. He pays attention to detail and doing all the little things right,” UW cornerbacks coach John Richardson said. “We’re focusing this year doing the things that take no effort correctly, and he’s doing those things in terms of running to the football and attempting to make plays. We’re looking at guys willing to compete day in and day out, and he’s doing those thins. He’s shown up very impressively so far.”
Makransky had two tackles and broke up one pass in UW’s first scrimmage last Saturday. Right now, he’s ahead of redshirt freshman C.J. Jennings — who is on scholarship — on the depth chart.
“I was so happy, but at the same time, (safeties coach Curt Mallory) and coach Richardson preach open competition,” Makransky said. “Every single day is a grind. Every single day you have to have the same intensity and attention to detail.”
Makransky also has made a positive impression on his teammates. Said senior cornerback Tyran Finley: “He has that energy an fire we’re looking for. It doesn’t matter if he’s walk on or redshirt guy, if you can play, you’re going to play. He’s really smart. I love him.”
Finley is UW’s most experienced player in the secondary, and four walk-ons were listed on the depth chart at all four secondary positions after the first scrimmage. The Cowboys signed five defensive backs — two cornerbacks and three safeties — in February.
“I’m feeling very exciting about how things are going with the team and the secondary,” Finley said. “There’s a lot of talk about us being a young secondary, but the guys we have are strong, young guys and are going to get the job done.”
As for what Makransky wants to accomplish in Saturday’s second scrimmage: “Just listen to my coaches and just work the technique. I want to hustle to the ball first, know my assignments and alignments and then execute. I want to be physical as well.”
For more on UW spring football, including a story on Finley, see Saturday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net
UW’s second scrimmage of the spring is at 11 a.m. today and will be in its indoor practice facility.
The scrimmage is closed to the public and media.
Second-year coach Craig Bohl said the scrimmage will consist of about 80 plays. It will be a similar format as last week with full tackling, including the quarterbacks, and there will be a lot of work with starters going against starters.
There also will be an emphasis on an area of the kicking game. Last week, it was with the punting game.
Bohl said senior running back Shaun Wick is probable with hamstring pull, and sophomore cornerback Ryon’e Winters is questionable with strep throat.