Wyoming was back at the North 40 grass practice fields Wednesday morning for its third practice of fall camp. Players were in shoulder pads for the first time. They will be in full pads for the first time on Friday.
Coach Craig Bohl said some of his veteran players continue to play well. Bohl singled out redshirt senior quarterback Cameron Coffman, along with senior
defensive end Eddie Yarbrough and junior nickel back/linebacker D.J. May.
“(Coffman’s) competition percentage is up. He’s really getting a good grasp of our offense, making good decisions and adjusting well,” Bohl said.
“D.J. May continues to make progress, and Eddie showed some great bursts. Anytime you seniors and other veterans continue to get better, that’s always a good sign.”
Hear what else Bohl said after Wednesday’s practice right here:
Here are some highlights from the early portions of practice that media are allowed to see. There is some defensive line and special teams work here.
Scouts from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals were at practice. The Bucs’ scout said he worked with Bohl when he was at North Dakota State. He also knew a few of UW’s assistant coaches that Bohl brought with him from North Dakota State, including offensive coordinator Brent Vigen, offensive line coach Scott Fuchs and defensive ends coach AJ Cooper. The scout also said he played college football against UW safeties and pass game coordinator Curt Mallory, who was a linebacker at Michigan fro 1988-91.
Scouting the running backs
It was only a year ago when Brian Hill was a true freshman and treading water in fall camp. Things worked out well for Hill as he led the Cowboys with 796 yards and seven touchdowns.
I asked Hill to give me his scouting report on UW’s two new true freshmen running backs in Kellen Overstreet and Milo Hall.
“They both have their style of running, and they stick to that,” Hill said. “I like that because you can’t tell a running back how to run the ball. Kellen is like a bulldog. He goes through the hole fast and he keeps going fast. Milo is a little shifty, and has some speed to him. But if he needs to throw a stiff arm out there he will.”
With Hill, senior Shaun Wick, sophomore Josh Tapscott and redshirt freshman Nico Evans, it’s uncertain if Overstreet and Hill will play this season as true freshmen. However, Hill said he “sees promise in both of them.”
Then, I asked Hill to describe his own running style. He said: “I don’t know how I would describe it because I don’t really watch myself. I’m a big back, and if I have to put my shoulders down I will, but if I don’t have to I’d much rather go around a defender if I can.”
The Cowboys did more punting work Wednesday, and several players tried their hand at returning punts. They included: junior receiver Tanner Gentry, true freshman cornerback Davion Freeman, Hall, true freshman receiver Joseph Parker, junior linebacker D.J. May and senior cornerback Tyran Finley.
To me, May looks the best and most comfortable back there.
Check out Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang — and log on to wyosports.net — for my column on UW’s quarterback situation. No, there is no controversy or battle going on, but there are some issues. And, see how my opinion differs from the coaches.