Wyoming is only four days into fall camp, and when third-year coach Craig Bohl talks to the media after each practice and goes over some of the highlights of individual players, Carl Granderson’s name usually comes up.
Here is Bohl after Thursday’s practice.
The 6-foot-5 sophomore defensive end played at around 200 pounds last season as a true freshman. He’s now at 243. Granderson said he still feels fast with the added weight, which is a big part of his game. For more on that, see Friday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, or log on to wyosports.net.
Granderson is UW’s most experienced and productive defensive end this season. In 12 games in 2015 he recorded 36 tackles and six tackles for loss. Granderson and sophomore Kevin Prosser are also the “leaders” of a the defensive ends because they are the only ones who have played in a game for UW.
The leadership last season was taken care of by seniors Eddie Yarbrough and Siaosi Hala’api’api. Granderson and Prosser know they must lead this group, but they may do it in a different way as Yarbrough — a three-time All-MW pick — did.
“Everybody is different as a player and a leader,” Granderson said. “Eddie was more of a talker. I am more of doing the right things and showing by example. But if I see guys mess up I will tell them.”
Right now, four days into fall camp, redshirt freshman Josiah Hall and junior Taniela Lolohea — a junior college transfer — are the backups to Granderson and Prosser. Here is Granderson’s take on those two.
“Joshua has come a long way with every practice,” he said. “He’s Putting every thing together better since last year. Nola runs like a 4.6 40-yard dash. He gets off the ball quick, and that’s a big key for him. He has shorter arms (Lolohea is listed at 6-1 but is closer to 6-foot) so it is harder for him to take on blocks. He needs to get off the ball fast and use his hands faster.”
A few notes from Thursday’s practice:
— UW worked a lot on blitz pick-up for the first time in camp, and Bohl said the offense was a little behind schedule, but he liked what he saw defensively.
— Senior wide receiver Tanner Gentry has a strained hamstring, and he was limited in practice. Bohl isn’t too concerned, but plans to be cautious with Gentry. Sophomore free safety Andrew Wingard (strained hamstring) is slowly coming back. Again, UW is being cautious with him, as well with junior cornerback Robert Priester (hamstring).
— UW practiced in War Memorial Stadium for the first time during camp. Bohl said he wanted to get his players familiar with their own stadium, and to give the natural grass at the North 40 practice field a little break. Bohl also said it’s good to break up the every day routine of camp a little bit. As part of that, Bohl has music played over UW’s new sound system in the stadium during stretching. “All the players looked at me funny. I have to change a little bit, too,” Bohl said with a smile.
Here are some highlights from the early portions of Thursday’s practice.
UW will practice in full pads for the first time in camp Friday.
“There will be a little more contact,” Bohl said. “We will look at doing some situations that will be pretty close to live. The number of full contact practices we have are less than years ago so we need to utilize the time we have.”