Wyoming first practice of the final week of fall camp was Monday morning in War Memorial Stadium. The Cowboys will practice twice Monday, with the second one at 3:50 p.m.
Monday is the 14th straight day UW has practiced since the start of fall camp, and Monday afternoon’s work out will be its 20th.
The Cowboys had their full collection of running backs. Senior Shaun Wick (concussion), sophomore Josh Tapscott (illness) and redshirt freshman Nico Evans (hamstring) all practiced, as did sophomore Brian Hill, who didn’t play in last Saturday’s scrimmage due to a tight hamstring.
Here are some highlights from the early portions of practice.
The Cowboys opened the practice by giving some of their new walk-on kickers some work. They include true freshmen Rayan Rafae and Tristan Bailey, and junior Alex Langer from Iowa Western Community College.
Rafae made a couple field goals from close range, and Langer made one from about 40 yards. However, all three struggled.
Redshirt sophomore quarterback Aaron Young was the holder on all the kicks. It also looks like he will be the scout team quarterback in UW’s preparations for North Dakota on Sept. 5.
Second-year coach Craig Bohl said the morning practice wasn’t the best UW has had during camp. He also said there is some game-planning going on for the season-opener Sept. 5 against North Dakota.
As for a quick scouting report on North Dakota, Bohl didn’t offer much: “They’re a big, strong, physical team. I don’t right now who their quarterback is going to be. They’re very aggressive on defense. It will be a great ball game.”
Here is Bohl after Monday morning’s practice:
UW is down to three scholarship tight ends, and four overall after the knee injury to redshirt freshman Grant Lewis in last Saturday’s scrimmage. Junior Jacob Hollister, redshirt freshman Tyree Mayfield and true freshman Josh Harshman are the guys on scholarship. True freshman walk-on Tye Brown of Laramie also is there. I asked tight ends coach Shane LaDage before practice how Lewis was doing, and he said the team is still awaiting results from an MRI. But with not many guys, LaDage said the group will be fine.
It also looks like the Cowboys have only four defensive ends due to injury and attrition. One of them is true freshman Carl Granderson, who is listed at 6-5, 200 pounds. UW defensive ends coach AJ Cooper said Granderson is a guy “you have to bet to go out there and work hard.”
For more on him, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.
Scouts from the Houston Texas and Jacksonville Jaguars were are Monday morning’s practice.
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