UW fall camp — Day 1

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.)

 

Lucas Wacha wearing a "Guardian Cap," a protective shell over his helmet. Photo by Robert Gagliardi/WyoSports

Lucas Wacha wearing a “Guardian Cap,” a protective shell over his helmet. Photo by Robert Gagliardi/WyoSports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

— 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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4 thoughts on “UW fall camp — Day 1

    • Bohl said Monday that Granderson is up to 243 pounds. Was around 225 at the end of spring and 230ish around early July. Prosser is listed at 215 and looks to be around there, but also looks like his speed is better.

      RG

  1. This could be Brian Hill’s last year in a Cowboy jersey….hoping this squad makes something happen with his ability before leaving for NFL. Depth and youth of Bohls squad is still a huge question mark. Give us some thoughts along these lines Robert. Thanks for your comments.

    • It could be Hill’s final season if he has another big year and stays healthy. I think a big factor also will be how he does blocking and catching the ball out of the backfield — two areas he needs to work on. But with the life span of running backs at the pro level, I wouldn’t be shocked if he gives the NFL a try after this season. Another think to consider is there are a lot of good back just in the MW, let alone throughout the country. Will be interesting to see what the RB pool looks like come draft time.

      I think you hit it on the head with this team being young and not a lot of depth (at least at certain areas). 67 percent of his roster is made up of freshmen or sophomores. Bohl told me this earlier this summer that the front-line guys aren’t bad, but depth is a concern, especially along both lines and at linebacker.

      RG

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