Wyoming practiced once Wednesday for about 1 hour and 10 minutes in War Memorial Stadium. That was planned by coach Craig Bohl, who said the team would lift weights and do some mental work in the afternoon.
UW’s final two-a-day session of fall camp is Thursday. It’s pattern for this was to go with a lighter practice in the morning, and a heavier one in the afternoon. However, Bohl said he will flip-flop that Thursday since Wednesday was a lighter day on the field.
Here are some highlights from the early portions of Wednesday’s practice.
Four starters — senior wide receivers Tanner Gentry and Jake Maulhardt, junior cornerback Robert Priester and sophomore free safety Andrew Wingard continue to improve from hamstring strains. Gentry and Maulhardt were at full strength, as was Priester. Wingard was still wearing a red jersey, meaning he was limited, but he participated in most of practice.
I asked Bohl about the progress of the kicking game and here’s what he said about true freshman kicker Cooper Rothe and a few other things: “Cooper has done a nice job on kickoffs. We’ve tried to put him under some pressure in game-like situations
with field goals. That’s difficult to replicate. Thus far he’s answered the bell. Our punt game is coming along, same with our coverage teams. (The coverage teams) is an area we have to improve.”
Bohl and the staff haven’t made any final decisions on which guys will redshirt this season, but one who likely won’t is true freshman safety Alijah Halliburton, a 6-2, 180-pounder from Overland High in Aurora, Colorado. “He’s been good (in camp), is active and is athletic,” Bohl said. “He’s still learning, but we’re pleased with what he’s doing.”
Halliburton is one of three players on UW’s roster from Overland High. The others are sophomore defensive end Kevin Prosser and redshirt freshman wide receiver Austin Conway.
Here more from Bohl speaking to the media after Wednesday’s practice.
See Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net, for my story on offensive guard Gavin Rush, another in a long line of true freshmen who figure to play a lot for the Cowboys this season.
Also, don’t forget to pick up a Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang Sunday for WyoSports’ 68-page UW football preview section. Lots of good stuff in this year’s section, and also the largest since this special section was brought back in 2010. Here is the cover.