Wyoming practiced in War Memorial Stadium Wednesday morning after stretching in its indoor practice facility. It was cool enough with lows in the 30s Tuesday night in Laramie for the coaches not to worry about the heat index on the artificial playing surface in the stadium.
UW did some blitz work, and coach Craig Bohl liked what he saw: “I thought that our quarterbacks made some good decisions. There weren’t as many guys running free open, so as we integrate more and more of those schemes our execution’s improving.”
Was sad to hear that two in-state players for the Cowboys decided to call it a career due to health issues. Sophomore defensive end Seth Edeen of Cheyenne announced on Twitter late Tuesday night of his decision based on him having only one kidney. Junior wide receiver Tanner Simpson of Lander announced his decision on Twitter Wednesday morning due to a nagging foot issue.
Here is Edeen’s Tweet:
— Seth Edeen (@sethedeen) August 19, 2015
Here is Simpson’s Tweet:
— Tanner Simpson (@tsimps_13) August 19, 2015
Here are few other notes from Wednesday’s practice.
Wick still out
Senior running back Shaun Wick watched Wednesday morning’s practice in street clothes and sun glasses — even indoors — as he continues to go through UW’s concussion protocol.
“When I talked to Shaun this morning he feels better, but I think he’s still a ways away and until he goes through all the check-offs he won’t be out there,” UW coach Craig Bohl said.
When asked if Wick will miss UW’s season-opener Sept. 5 against North Dakota, Bohl said: “There’s always a chance. Typically, with a head injury you’re going to be very cautious, so there’s protocols that are set up. I think he’s making some progress, but certainly not as fast as what he would like or as fast as what we would like, but that’s what we’re going through.”
Junior outside linebacker Lucas Wacha is slowly coming back from a hamstring pull on the first day of camp. He was limited in Wednesday’s practice.
Sophomore running back Josh Tapscott continues to battle an illness.
Junior wide receivers Tanner Gentry and Jake Maulhardt practiced Wednesday, as did sophomore running back Brian Hill and senior defensive end Eddie Yarbrough. Hill (ribs) and Yarbrough (hamstring) were held out Tuesday for precautionary reasons.
Center of attention
Senior Rafe Kiely and sophomore Charlie Renfree are battling for the starting job at center.
Renfree returned to practice Wednesday on a limited bases after recovering from some heat-related issues.
Kiely started all 12 games last season and five in 2013. Renfree played in three games last season — his first games at UW. Kiely (6-3, 304) has a size advantage over Renfree (6-3, 260), but Renfree entered fall camp as the starter.
“Each of them are making each other better,” Bohl said. “They’re two different types of centers. One’s undersized, one’s more of a powerful guy.”
See Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net, for my column on why finding at third and possibly fourth running back for the Cowboys is vital this season — and who may be the leading candidate right now behind Wick and Hill.