Wyoming had its first two-a-day session of fall camp Saturday. The morning practice was in War Memorial Stadium. The players were in shorts and “spider pads,” which are a step down from shoulder pads.
The afternoon practice was expected to be in full pads with some scrimmaging. However, that practice was closed to the public and media.
Here are some highlights from the morning practice.
Senior punter Ethan Wood and senior long snapper Brendan Turelli practiced for the first time since camp started. Both were being held out so UW could look at some younger players. Teams are allowed to have a limited amount of players during camp. Third-year coach Craig Bohl has done this with some of his specialists in the past.
One newcomer to watch as fall camp continues is true freshman walk-on defensive end Garrett Crall. UW has not yet put together a full roster of its walk-ons, but Crall is around 6-foot-3 or 6-4 and looks like he has decent size. He is getting some reps with some of the top two defensive units. I’m not saying Crall will play this season, but he might if he continues to have a good camp.
I posted this earlier in the week, but several UW football players are wearing what’s called “Guardian Caps,” which are protective shells over their practice helmets for a little extra protection and to hopefully prevent concussions.
I asked a few players what they thought of the caps and here’s what they said:
Junior offensive tackle Ryan Cummings: “If I’m going full speed I can really tell a big difference. I don’t notice any extra weight on my head. No on has had any head injuries, so that’s good. They look a little goofy. Looks like we have a bunch of mushrooms on our head.”
Senior offensive guard Chase Roullier: “The first practice we were laughing at each other because it looked like we had igloos or mushrooms on our heads. They’re so light you don’t really notice them. I’d like to think they’re helping. I notice it more on the smaller hits. On the big hits, I’m not sure it’s helping that much.”
Sophomore nose tackle Sidney Malauulu: “They look like a lot of little marshmallows put together. It looks like we have s’mores helmets on. I don’t really feel them. The first couple of days was a little weird but I’m used to them. That precaution is good.”
A scout from the Atlanta Falcons was at Saturday morning’s practice. For the week, the Falcons, Los Angeles Rams and Detroit Lions have had scouts at UW.
Here is Bohl after the morning practice.
See Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, or log on to wyosports.net for my column on UW redshirt sophomore quarterback Josh Allen. Also, go to wyosports.net and this blog for the first of a cool video series I am doing this season called “40-yard dash.” Several players are involved, so be sure to check out the first one.