Another Monday, another news conference with Wyoming football coach Craig Bohl and interview session with players and assistant coaches.
Unfortunately, no video of Bohl’s news conference as my camera froze up. Hope to do better next week.
Bohl said he expected redshirt senior quarterback Cameron Coffman to be at “full speed” when the Cowboys practiced later in the day Monday. Coffman said his injured right knee that kept him out of last Saturday’s game with Eastern Michigan feels better, and hopes it will continue to get better as the week goes on as UW plays at Washington State Saturday.
“I don’t think I’ll be 100 percent, but I will be able to be effective,” Coffman said.
Redshirt freshman Nick Smith is now UW’s backup quarterback. Bohl said sophomore Josh Allen was to under go season-ending surgery on his shoulder as early as Monday. Allen hurt the shoulder on the second offensive series last week. Bohl also said UW will apply for a medical redshirt for Allen, and is optimistic it will get it.
Some other notable happenings from Monday:
— True freshman offensive tackle Zach Wallace will start on the right side as sophomore Taylor Knestis is out with a concussion. “He’s really bright and has good football instincts,” Bohl said. “While he’s light (Wallace said he’s 265 pounds), his frame (6-foot-7) is such is that he’s able to play stronger than his frame indicates. He’s been very competitive and has not shied away form competition.” More on Wallace later this week in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and on wyosports.net.
— Senior Tyran Finley will replace redshirt freshman walk-on Anthony Makransky as the starter at field cornerback. Bohl and UW defensive pass game coordinator
and safeties coach Curt Mallory said Finley’s speed was the biggest factor for the move. Finley played most of the second half against Eastern Michigan. Finley wasn’t a starter last season, but once he got on the field he had two interceptions at Fresno State, which ended up leading the team. Finley has had some maturity issues over the last year or so, but he also could be the spark a young secondary needs.
— Junior D.J. May returns as UW’s starting strong-side linebacker after missing last week’s game due to a one-game suspension for a violation of team rules. Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Steve Stanard said he liked what he saw from junior backup middle linebacker Devin McKenna in the second half against Eastern Michigan.
— UW’s defense has allowed 20 points in its first two games in the second half. That’s respectable. But in the first half, its allowed 52. That’s has to improve, but it won’t be easy this week against Washington State’s pass-happy and powerful offense. Big plays have been a big problem for the defense, and Mallory said there have been three things at times that have led to this: missed assignments, poor angles to the football and missed tackles. I will delve more into this later this week.
— Defensive ends are becoming hard to come by for the Cowboys. Bohl said Monday junior Tavita Faaiu is no longer with the team. He left last week for personal reasons to return home to San Francisco to be closer to his family. Only five defensive ends remain: seniors Eddie Yarbrough and Siaosi Hala’api’api, junior Adam Kinder and true freshman Carl Granderson, who the coaches think highly of even though he is 6-5, 200 pounds. Those four are listed on this week’s two-deep roster. The only other one is true freshman Skylor Clinton.
For more UW football coverage, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.