What started out as something fun turned into a little bit of controversey — but still fun.
Talking to a couple of Wyoming’s true freshmen wide receivers the last few days, they said they have the nickname of WWA — Wide receivers With Attitude.
But after Tuesday’s practice, a previous blog post on this was already up, UW junior receivers Tanner Gentry and Jake Maulhardt came up to me and told me the real story.
Both said they were the ones that came up with the nickname for the current group of receivers during spring drills. Only one of the true freshmen receivers were there then — Joe Parker — who graduated from high school early and enrolled at UW in January.
Gentry and Maulhardt said guys have to earn their way into the WWA, and Maulhardt said both were bothered so much by what the freshmen’s perception of this that he and Gentry wouldn’t allow the freshmen to eat lunch with them Tuesday.
Still, it’s a fun story and there is more on these guys in Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and also on wyosports.net.
True freshman Dameko Doddles (6-2, 208) goes into a little more detail on each one and some of the characteristics of all of UW’s wide receivers.
Here is Doddles’ description of each one:
Joe Parker (5-10, 182): “Small and shifty.”
Justice Murphy (6-0, 180): “Bigger, but a shifty receiver, too.”
Himself and James Price (6-2, 208): “More of a big body. JP likes to back-shoulder the most. I’m more of a post-up type of guy.”
C.J. Johnson (6-2, 190): “A finesse receiver. He’s smooth.”
I also asked Doddles who the fastest receiver was, as well as who had the best hands and who has the best touchdown celebration. Doddles said it was him in all three cases — with a grin. He also said Gentry has some of the best hands on the team.
And as far as the funniest guy among the receivers, Doddles said it is junior Tom Thornton, who was UW’s backup quarterback last season. Thornton made UW’s two deep roster as a wide receiver.
Here is the link to the complete depth chart:
There are no new starters on offense, and three on defense. They include sophomore cornerback Robert Priester and junior D.J. May at strong side linebacker. Both were limited in spring drills following knee surgeries. The other is redshirt freshman walk-on Marcus Epps at free safety. He replaces fellow redshirt freshman walk-on Adam Pilapil, who is suspended for UW’s Sept. 5 season-opener for a violation of team rules.
Some new names on defense include true freshman safety Andrew Wingard, who is the backup at both safety spots. Others include true freshman defensive end Carl Granderson, junior defensive end Tavita Faaiu and redshirt freshman defensive tackle Connor Cain. All of those players are listed as backups.
Redshirt freshman Sidney Malauulu is the back up at nose tackle. He was the backup at defensive tackle coming out of spring.
There are four new backups listed along the offensive line: true freshman Zach Wallace at right tackle, true freshman Kaden Jackson at right guard, sophomore Kurtis Stirneman at left guard (was a backup at right tackle in the spring) and redshirt freshman Brinkley Jolly at left tackle.
“I was pleasantly surprised with the number of freshmen that are integrated into the two deep,” Bohl said. We had high expectations of this class coming in, and they’ve exceeded those expectations in camp. It’s an indication of a full recruiting cycle, and a lack of depth in our program.”
Here is more on Bohl about the depth chart and Tuesday’s practice.
UW moved Tuesday’s practice from the morning until mid-afternoon due to “break up the monotony” of camp. However, the team lifted weights Wednesday morning.
The team practiced for about an hour and 40 minutes in War Memorial Stadium.
“It was a mental day,” Bohl said. “We went through a lot of situations that can occur throughout the season. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t, but you always want to be prepared.”
At the end of practice, Bohl let the players have some fun. He held a hands team competition where all offensive and defensive players — except for redshirt senior starting quarterback Cam Coffman — tried fielding on-side kicks. Bohl was the judge, and in the end in came down to redshirt freshman offensive tackle Brinkley Jolly and junior nose tackle Chase Appleby.
“These guys have not had a day off since they reported to camp, and laughter and levity can be important,” Bohl said. “It’s amazing sometimes what boosts morale.”
Here are video highlights from the contest:
There was some bad news as Bohl said junior defensive end Trevor Meader and redshirt freshman Grant Lewis both will miss the season due to knee injuries suffered in last Saturday’s scrimmage.
The Cowboys have their 22nd practice of fall camp at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday.