Quarterbacks picking it up as spring drills draw to an end

There hasn’t been much drama with Wyoming’s quarterbacks in terms of who would be named the starter.

Cameron Coffman

Cameron Coffman

Senior Cameron Coffman was that guy just after UW’s first scrimmage of the spring a couple of weeks ago. Junior college transfer and sophomore Josh Allen remains the No. 2 quarterback.

But one thing second-year coach Craig Bohl has been disappointed with in UW’s two spring scrimmages has been the completion percentage from all of UW’s quarterbacks. The four currently on the roster now are a combined 26 of 66, a completion percentage of 39.3 percent.

Coffman has the best percentage at just under 50 percent at 13 of 27.

Allen, we’ve been told, has a big arm but is still learning to control it — as well as learn UW’s offense. In the two scrimmages Allen is 6 of 17.

Bohl said at the start of Wednesday’s 13th practice of the spring that Monday’s practice was the best day all of UW’s quarterbacks had throwing and completing passes. However, after Wednesday’s Bohl said said he’s still seeing a few too many errant throws and decisions.

A few other practice notes from Wednesday:

Ethan Wood

Ethan Wood

–UW worked a lot early in practice on punting. Junior Ethan Wood did both traditional and rugby-style punts. The team had guys back returning them, but none of that action was live. Guys who fielded punts were senior running back Shaun Wick, sophomore running back Brian Hill, junior receiver Tanner Gentry, junior nickel D.J. May and sophomore cornerback Robert Priester.

–Bohl said Monday that at right offensive tackle there is a good battle going on between sophomores Taylor Knestis and Kurtis Stirneman in terms of who will be the starter. Knestis has been the starter all spring. Goofy fact about these two: They are both from Lakewood. Knestis from Lakewood, Colorado, Stirneman from Lakewood, Illinois.

Rafe Kiely

Rafe Kiely

–There also is a battle at center between senior Rafe Kiely and sophomore Charlie Renfree. Kiely was the starter last season, but Renfree has taken a lot of No. 1 snaps in the spring. Kiely has been limited with an injury, and has had a massing wrap/cast around his left hand most of spring. More on the offensive line later this week.

“Each guy has made the other guy better,” Bohl said of the competition along the offensive line. “All the guys have a better understanding of how physical we need to be up front. It looks different this spring than last spring, and we’re encouraged by that.”

–Bohl said senior running back Wick pulled his hamstring in Wednesday’s practice and may be held out of Saturday’s spring game. Bohl also said Renfree keeps hurting his shoulder, and junior wide receiver Jake Maulhardt also sprained his shoulder Wednesday. Their status for the spring game is uncertain.

Nico Evans

Nico Evans

–Bohl had good things to say about redshirt freshman running back Nico Evans after practice. That’s about the third or fourth time this spring Bohl has been impressed with Evans. Heading into the spring game, Evans is fourth on the depth chart. Evans and sophomore Josh Tapscott have received the bulk of the carries in the first two scrimmages as UW feels comfortable with that they have in Wick and sophomore Brian Hill.

–Wednesday’s practice was UW’s last in full pads before Saturday’s spring game. Bohl said Friday is when he will divide up the two teams for the spring game. Bohl also will determine what teams his assistants will coach. And, Bohl said he will allow each team one trick play in the spring game.

There will be plenty of walk-ons and young players seeing time in that spring game. For more on them, see my column in Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.