Media Monday: News, notes, video from UW football’s weekly news conference

Most of the talk on this day was the moves UW is making defensively, especially at linebacker.

Lucas Wacha

Lucas Wacha

Junior Lucas Wacha moves from weak-side to the middle. Sophomore Tim Kamana moves from the strong-side to the weak-side. Junior Eric Nzeocha is benched and now will back up Wacha in the middle.

UW also wills start true freshman Antonio Hull at one of the two cornerback spots, opposite of sophomore Robert Priester.

Here is UW defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Steve Stanard on the moves:

What do you think folks, do you think these moves will help UW’s defense, especially against the big plays it has given up (12 of 30 yards or more, nine of which for touchdowns)?

Some other news and notes from Monday:

Shaun Wick

Shaun Wick

— UW won’t have senior running back Shaun Wick this week due to concussion-like symptoms, coach Craig Bohl said. Wick was throwing up during halftime of last Saturday’s game with New Mexico and didn’t play in the second half. Wick also missed some time during fall camp with a concussion. Sophomore Josh Tapscott will back up sophomore Brian Hill this week, according to Monday’s depth chart.

— Appalachian State (2-1) defense has not allowed an opposing offense to score in the red zone this season, it allows 13.7 points per game and most a team has averaged per carry in the run game was 3.2 yards. That foe was No. 12 Clemson that handed the Mountaineers their only loss. “It’s a group that’s mostly in tact from last year other than one or two guys. This year, the’ve just played well. They fit well. It’s a defense that has the fit form defensive line all the way to the secondary. It all works as one unit. Right now they’re playing with a lot of confidence and playing hard,” Appalachian State coach Scott Satterfield said.

Cameron Coffman

Cameron Coffman

— Senior quarterback Cameron Coffman leads the Mountain West with 314.7 passing yards per game and in total offense at 293.3 yards per contest. He is second in pass efficiency (151) and in touchdown passes (8). “I think I’m getting more comfortable every week. It’s a fun offense to play in. I’m excited to keep getting better,” Coffman said.

— Bohl said senior Troy Boyland and true freshman Kaden Jackson both will play at the right guard spot this week. They are listed as “or” in terms of starting. Jackson started against New Mexico and played the majority of the game. Sophomore right tackle Taylor Knestis still isn’t listed on the depth chart and has missed the last two games with a concussion.

— Junior wide receivers Tanner Gentry and Jake Maulhardt are off to great starts. Both have combined for 49 catches for 678 yards and three touchdowns. Gentry leads the Mountain West with 439 receiving yards. Maulhardt is fifth (239). But Bohl wants to see some of the younger wide receivers emerge and develop. Bohl also said true freshman walk-on and Cheyenne Central graduate Tayton Montgomery may get a closer look in practice this week.

— Bohl talked a lot about the Cowboys and Appalachian State Monday, but also chimed in on recruiting and about the $6 million donation by the McMurry family for the High Altitude Performance Center, which is an addition and significant upgrade to the current Rochelle Athletics Center. Here is the video from Bohl’s news conference Monday. The recruiting and HAPC stuff is near the end.

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