Thornton making strides at wide receiver

With all the hype of Wyoming five freshmen wide receivers, it was nice to see — and perhaps a little surprising — junior Tom Thornton on the two-deep roster on the latest depth chart released Tuesday.

Tom Thornton

Tom Thornton

Thornton was UW’s backup quarterback last season, and was moved to receiver prior to the start of spring drills. Thornton was listed as the backup behind junior Jake Maulhardt at the Cowboys’ ‘X’ receiver spot.

“Any time a guy plays quarterback he has a good understanding of the passing game,” second-year coach Craig Bohl said Tuesday. “The other thing we’ve found through the years is typically quarterbacks have great hand-eye coordination.

“To find a place on the field for Tommy is going to be important. How many meaningful reps he plays is going to be determined by how he does the rest of fall camp.”

Thornton missed some time during fall camp with a concussion, but has been practicing lately.

On a team with a lot of good guys, Thornton is at or near the top of that list. He’s always very friendly and happy. It couldn’t have been easy to make the position change he made, but he has taken it in stride and with great class. It’s hard not to root for a guy like him.

Practice notes

UW practiced in War Memorial Stadium Wednesday morning, its 22nd practice of fall camp.

Bohl said it was a good practice, and the team continues preparations for its Sept. 5 season-opener at home against North Dakota.

Bohl said senior running back Shaun Wick is getting back to full speed after dealing with a concussion.

Ethan Wood

Ethan Wood

Bohl said UW has “a good pulse” on the kicking and punt teams. Junior Ethan Wood will handle both the punting and kickoff duty chores.

UW concludes fall camp with a scrimmage Saturday, which is closed to the public and media and there is no media access for interviews afterwards.

“There will be some brush-up stuff, some mock-game situations and some scrimmaging with some younger guys,” Bohl said.

The Cowboys practice at 9 a.m. Thursday and at 9:20 a.m. Friday.

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