Wyoming had its first practice of fall camp in full pads Friday, and third-year coach Craig Bohl liked what he saw — especially from the offense.
Here’s what he said after practice.
If you listened to the entire video you heard Bohl talk about some “soft tissue” issues for UW senior wide receiver Tanner Gentry and sophomore free safety Andrew Wingard. Both have hamstring strains, as does junior cornerback Robert Priester. All three injuries don’t appear to be serious, but hamstrings can be tricky injuries to come back from. UW is being cautious with those three guys. While any kind of injuries are never good, at least through five days of camp UW hasn’t had to deal with any concussions or season-ending injuries.
Sophomore tight end Grant Lewis’ football career is over. Bohl said Lewis’ knee injury suffered in the spring of 2015 has forced him to quit playing football. Lewis will remain on scholarship for UW, but his scholarship won’t count toward their limit of 85 set by the NCAA.
Former UW men’s basketball coach Larry Shyatt was at Friday’s practice, and he earned some good-natured ribbing from Bohl after practice. “I appreciate getting some extra coaching from Larry. I told him to make sure he didn’t talk to the quarterback while he was out there,” Bohl said.
A possible recruit for UW’s 2018 class was at Friday’s practice, 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive lineman Zach Watts from Windsor High in Windsor, Colorado. Watts saw some varsity action as a freshman. Last season as a sophomore, Watts recorded 66 tackles and 14 tackles for loss. Maxpreps.com ranks Watts as the third-best prep prospect in the state of Colorado for the class of 2018.
A scout from the Detroit Lions was at Friday’s practice. A scout from the Los Angeles Rams was there earlier in the week.
Here are some highlights from the early portions of Friday’s practice.
UW’s first two-a-day practice session is Saturday. The Cowboys will work out in the morning and afternoon.
Working on a story on UW redshirt freshman running back Milo Hall, who is dealing with a family tragedy, and getting wonderful support from his UW football family. For more on that story, see Saturday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang and log on to wyosports.net.
Friday was Hall’s 19th birthday. UW sophomore offensive guard Kaden Jackson also had a birthday Friday.
Check out all those platforms for my Sunday column on redshirt sophomore starting quarterback Josh Allen. Also on Sunday, I debut a new video series called “40-yard dash” featuring some quick questions-and-answers with various players. Allen will be the first. Good think I write for a living because I’d never make it on TV. As the saying goes: “I have a face for radio and a voice for newspapers.”