As Wyoming prepares this week for its first Mountain West game, the question was posed to a lot of the players, and coach Craig Bohl, if this week was a sort of fresh start. You know, kind of a feel like a season-opener with the first conference game after a frustrating 0-3 start to the season.
Most of the people I talked to didn’t take that approach. Sophomore running back Brian Hill described the game as a “must win.” Bohl said this is another week for the team to show improvement.
Here’s Bohl on that and several other things during his news conference Monday:
I talked to true freshman offensive guard Kaden Jackson, who made his first-career
start at Washington State last week. He seems like a level-headed and confident kid, and will compete with senior Troy Boyland for the starting spot this week. Don’t be surprised if Jackson starts this week. He and true freshman Zach Wallace were side-by-side as Wallace made his first-career start at right tackle. Expect both to start a lot of games in the future. More on Jackson and Wallace later this week.
I also talked to true freshmen defensive end Kevin Prosser. He was moved from linebacker last week, and in his first game ever at defensive end he recorded a sack at Washington State. Bohl said Prosser will likely stay at defensive end, and Prosser seemed more than happy with that. He came off as a very selfless kid. I also will have more on him later this week.
An interesting note on another UW true freshman defensive end — Carl Granderson: he’s been gaining weight since the season started. Granderson is 6-5 and listed at 200 pounds. But he and defensive ends coach A.J. Cooper both said Granderson is about 205 now. How? By eating a lot, Granderson said with a laugh. Don’t you wish we all had that kind of problem, needing to eat more? Granderson also said to keep building muscle he lifts after practice.
Bohl said he’s sticking with true freshman walk-on kicker Tristan Bailey, who is 0-for-3 on field-goal attempts this season, and had one blocked at Washington State. Bailey made a 33-yard field goal against Eastern Michigan Sept. 12, but a penalty wiped that out and he missed a 43-yarder on his next try. Bohl said Bailey has a “mental block” right now with anything much past an extra point. At 18.7 points per game, UW can’t afford to leave too many points on the field at this point.
Bohl said there were no new injuries from the Washington State game. However, sophomore right tackle Taylor Knestis is doubtful this week due to a concussion suffered against Eastern Michigan. Knestis didn’t make the trip to Washington State.
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