Wyoming put on the shoulder pads for the first time this fall camp on Wednesday. The first practice in full pads is set for Friday.
UW did a lot of special teams and one-on-one drills during the early portions of Wednesday’s practice that the media was allowed to watch. Here are some highlights of the action.
Sophomore free safety Andrew Wingard (hamstring strain) had been limited during the first two days of camp as a precaution. He was expected to do more at Wednesday’s practice. Junior cornerback Robert Priester (hamstring strain) also has been limited more out of precaution, but still was limited Wednesday. Redshirt freshman Davion Freeman looks to be getting some of the reps with the No. 1 defense in place of Priester. Sophomore Chavez Pownell Jr. has received more reps in place of Wingard.
An intriguing person to watch this camp is redshirt junior Jalen Ortiz. The UCLA transfer sat out last season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules. Ortiz (5-10, 196) is listed as a free safety and nickel back. UW safeties coach and pass game coordinator Curt Mallory said Ortiz has played both of those positions and also some at cornerback. Mallory described Ortiz as UW’s “utility player” on defense, but a guy who definitely will find his way on the field.
UW offensive line coach Scott Fuchs is a guy who likes to have options with his guys in terms of who can play where. If senior offensive guard Chase Roullier gets any snaps at center this season, and there is a chance of that, he wants options to replace Roullier at left guard. The Cowboys’ two true freshmen interior offensive linemen — Gavin Rush and Jace Webb — are getting looks during camp. Junior Kurtis Stirneman is, too, and he could be a key guy. He’s entering his fourth year in the program, but has played in only 10 games.
UW coach Craig Bohl said Wednesday’s practice was good, but there was no live contact. He liked what he saw from junior running back Brian Hill, redshirt freshman wide receiver — and former UW men’s basketball player Austin Conway and sophomore defensive end Carl Granderson. Here’s what Bohl had to say after Wednesday’s practice.
Working on a story on the depth chart for UW’s defensive ends. We all know sophomores Granderson and Kevin Prosser are the starters, but who are behind them? See Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang and log on to wyosports.net for that story.