Cowboys get after it during early portions of Tuesday’s practice

Wyoming practiced in full pads late Tuesday afternoon in Laramie, and there was a lot of work on tackling.

Not drill work on tackling — actual tackling.

The media is allowed to see only the first 30 minutes of each practice, but as coach Craig Bohl and his staff enter their second season, that’s the most I’ve seen UW do in terms of live tackling (aside from scrimmages).

Not sure what that means for Saturday’s home game with Eastern Michigan, but I found it interesting.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t a lot of other good news regarding the Cowboys Tuesday.

Cameron Coffman

Cameron Coffman

Redshirt senior quarterback Cameron Coffman missed practice for the second consecutive day with a strained MCL ligament in his right knee, suffered late in last Saturday’s 24-13 loss to North Dakota. Coffman watched from the sideline, but wasn’t wearing a knee brace or wrap. He had a noticeable limp and had a wrap around the knee Monday.

“We’re in hopes he gets better later on in the week,” Bohl said. “It’s not a major (injury), which gives us hope, but also it takes some time to get back.”

Sophomore backup quarterback Josh Allen took all the snaps with the No. 1 offense. Redshirt freshman Nick Smith took snaps with the twos.

When asked if Coffman doesn’t practice this week but is cleared to play Saturday, Bohl said: “It’s helpful to have practice. I’m not saying that will be the final decision. Some of it will be contingent on his mobility and how he’s moving along. We will never put a player out there that’s not going to help the team win, or put himself in jeopardy.”

UW announced Tuesday that junior outside strong-side outside linebacker D.J. May will be suspended the Eastern Michigan game for violation of team rules.

D.J. May

D.J. May

According to Laramie Police Department record, May, 21, was booked last Sunday for interference. May also was suspended for one game for a violation of team rules last season.

Bohl said through a news release from UW that he would have no further comment on May’s suspension. He stood by that prior to Tuesday practice.

May practiced Tuesday, but worked with the scout team.

Sophomore Tim Kamana is the projected starter in place of May. He will be backed up by true freshman Christian Irving.

May moved to linebacker from running back after last season. May had four tackles in the Cowboys’ 24-13 season-opening loss to North Dakota last Saturday. May also had two kickoff returns for 68 yards, including a long of 47 yards.

Bohl didn’t know Tuesday who will replace May returning kickoffs, but said “we have a good pool of candidates.”

Kamana, who was a safety last season, played a lot at strong-side linebacker against North Dakota and had five tackles, including one for loss. Irving did not play last week.

Marcus Epps

Marcus Epps

UW also could be without redshirt freshman walk-on safety Marcus Epps this week. Epps didn’t practice Tuesday as he goes through concussion protocol.

Epps started at free safety last week and had 11 tackles. He is listed as the backup against Eastern Michigan at strong safety behind redshirt freshman Chavez Pownell Jr.

UW’s game notes for this week stated that 17 true for redshirt freshmen played last week against North Dakota. It was actually 18 as true freshman tight end Josh Harshman of Casper saw some playing time. Eighteen is tied for sixth in the country with USC for the most true or redshirt freshmen that played during the opening week of the season.

That number will go up to at least 19 this week as redshirt freshman walk-on free safety Adam Pilapil is slated to start. Pilapil missed last week’s game due to a one-game suspension for a violation of team rules

For more on UW’s defense, and what it needs to do to improve from last week’s loss, see Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang and log on to wyosports.net.

But for a preview of that story, here’s what UW defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Steve Stanard said Monday about that.