Wyoming started fall camp Monday morning at the North 40 practice fields on campus.
As in the past, media was allowed to watch the first 30 minutes. Here are some video highlights from the morning. The Cowboys worked a lot of forcing and recovering fumbles early on. Forcing more turnovers is a must. Last season, UW forced just 10 turnovers (five fumbles and five interceptions).
A few other notes and observations from the first practice:
— Sophomore free safety Andrew Wingard and junior cornerback Robert Priester were in red jerseys, meaning they have some sort of injuries. Wingard told me he is going to be fine, and he fielded some punts during practice. Wingard and Priester were not wearing any casts, braces or protective boots, so that’s a good sign.
–UW is using what are called “Guardian Caps” with some of their players during camp, and likely for practices during the season. They are a protective shell that goes over the helmets. UW senior linebacker Lucas Wacha was one of the players with them Monday. (Sorry for the odd tilt of this photo.)
— Redshirt senior walk-on Du’Ryan Ebbesen handled most of the center snaps during spring drills. With junior Charlie Renfree’s future uncertain due to injuries, Ebbesen may have the best chance to win the job in camp. However, senior guard and preseason All-MW Chase Roullier took some snaps, as did junior guard Kurtis Stirneman.
— Guys who fielded punts for the Cowboys Monday were Wingard, senior wide receiver Tanner Gentry, senior linebacker D.J. May and redshirt freshmen wide receivers Austin Conway and C.J. Johnson. Junior running back Brian Hill was hanging out with all of them, but I didn’t see him field any punts.
— Senior punter Ethan Wood and senior long snapper Brendan Turelli were not at practice. UW can have only so many guys at practice at once. Since Wood and Turelli are established, they won’t join the team for camp practices unless someone gets hurt or leaves the team. Senior Justin Martin handled the punting duties Monday. He also works with UW’s wide receivers. Junior fullback Drew Van Maanen was the long snapper.
— A scout from the Los Angels Rams was at Monday’s practice.
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