Scary incident provides valuable lesson for Cummings

Ryan Cummings learned some valuable lessons earlier this summer.

The Wyoming sophomore offensive lineman was driving from his home in the Denver area back to Laramie. He was on U.S. Highway 287 when a powerful rain storm hit.

Ryan Cummings

Ryan Cummings

“I couldn’t see out my windshield,” Cummings said. “I’m driving down this hill and my truck started going sideways out of no where. I went onto the opposite side of the road facing the other direction. I missed a semi-truck by about 20 yards and then ended up in a ditch. It wasn’t dry enough where my truck could roll.”

Cummings wasn’t wearing a seat belt, and the air bags didn’t go off. Cummings broke his nose and split his lip all the way to his nose that required stitches.

I’m lucky to be here.”

“I’m lucky to be here and thankful I’m here. I praise God that he was looking over me,” Cummings said.

U.S. 287 harbors some painful memories for UW athletics. On Sept. 6, 2010 then UW true freshman linebacker Ruben Narcisse died in an automobile accident on that highway. That accident involved three other UW football players who survived.

Of course, there was the eight members of the UW track and cross-country team that died on that highway on Sept. 16, 2001 due to an accident with a drunk driver.

There have been plenty of other stories I’ve been told from UW athletics officials who have had close calls on that stretch of road.

“It’s a caution for me to always wear your seat belt, always take it easy in bad road conditions and be smart wherever I go,” Cummings said.

The Cowboys held their ninth practice of fall camp Monday morning at the North 40 practice fields. They had their 10th practice later in the afternoon, but there was no media access for that one.

Here’s what UW coach Craig Bohl said after Monday morning’s practice:

While there doesn’t seem to be many serious injuries during fall camp, there has been a lot of nagging things. Bohl doesn’t seem too concerned right now. But as camp gets into its second week, some decisions will need to be made in terms of playing time, starters, etc. Guys who are on the shelf and who are not established need to get healthy sooner than later.

What is odd about these injuries is most them involve front-line guys, such as senior running back Shaun Wick, junior receivers Tanner Gentry and Jake Maulhardt and senior linebacker Lucas Wacha.

Tyree Mayfield

Tyree Mayfield

Here is some highlights from the early portions of Monday morning’s practice. And, you have to check out redshirt freshman tight end Tyree Mayfield — one of the many players with a minor injury — on who UW’s strength staff has him and others still get some work in while on the shelf.

For more UW football coverage, including a story on new defensive end Tavita Faaiu and why he had no intention early on to play football for the Cowboys, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang and log on to