Wyoming doesn’t have a lot of proven depth at the wide receiver spot behind seniors Tanner Gentry and Jake Maulhardt.
Redshirt freshman C.J. Johnson had a good spring, and continues to be solid in fall camp and figures to be in the mix behind Gentry and Maulhardt. Same is true for sophomores Joe Parker and James Price.
Two more guys may be getting into the mix as well — redshirt freshman Austin Conway and true freshman John Okwoli.
Gentry has been out with a strained hamstring, which has given Conway and Okwoli more chances for reps with he No. 1 offense during camp. Third-year coach Craig Bohl said after Tuesday’s morning practice both Conway and Okwoli have “exceeded expectations” so far in fall camp.
Here’s more from Bohl on Tuesday’s practice.
The 5-foot-10, 169-pound Conway joined the football team in spring drills. He played basketball for the Cowboys last winter and redshirted. Conway also is getting looks as a punt and kickoff returner. I will have a story on Conway later this week in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and also online at wyosports.net.
Okwoli (6-2, 205) was a three-star recruit out of North Canyon High in Phoenix by Rivals, 247sports and ESPN. He was one of the more highly-touted recruits in UW’s 2016 class, and had scholarship offers from 11 different schools, including Boise State, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico State, UNLV, Utah State and Washington State. Published reports had Okwoli ready to commit to Boise State, but it reached its allotment of committed receivers before signing day. The same was true with Utah State and Washington State.
“The (Wyoming) coaching staff has been real with me,” said Okwoli for a story I wrote when he committed to UW. “They’ve been trustworthy with me throughout this whole recruiting process.
“(Other) coaches have not been honest with me or trustworthy to me. There wasn’t any game-playing with Wyoming. There wasn’t a ‘You’re going to be our back-up option.’ They stuck by wanting me ever since the spring of last year. I’m happy I can trust a coaching staff because throughout this whole recruiting process it’s been hard to do that.”
See Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net, for my story on UW’s “utility man” on defense. Can you guess who that is?
I leave you with some highlights from Tuesday morning’s practice.