Extra practices and and an extra game are some of the benefits of bowl game, especially for younger players.
Wyoming is taking advantage of that as several players in its two deep roster on offense, defense and special teams return next season.
But it’s also a chance for those who are redshirting and are on the scout teams to get in more reps. Third-year coach Craig Bohl said Tuesday that at the end of some of UW’s practices for the Dec. 21 Poinsettia Bowl that some of the scout team guys will get a chance to scrimmage and get in some live action.
One of those was Monday night, and this is what Bohl said he liked from some of his younger guys.
“I thought (true freshman running back) Mike Green did some good things, along with (true freshman wide receiver) Parker Dumas on offense,” Bohl said. “On defense I liked some things from (true freshman linebacker) Jahmari Moore and (true freshman walk-on defensive end) Garrett Crall.”
Here is the link to Bohl’s news conference Tuesday as he went over UW’s Poinsettia Bowl opponent — Brigham Young — and answered a lot of other questions.
Nothing much changed on UW’s depth chart for the bowl game. True freshman Cassh Maluia will make his second straight start at strong-side outside linebacker. He replaced senior D.J. May, who suffered a season-ending injury in the Nov. 26 game at New Mexico. I will have a story on him later this week in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and online at wyosports.net.
Sophomore nose tackle Sidney Malauulu said his foot feels better. Malauulu missed three games due to that injury, but returned for the MW Championship Game Dec. 3 and had an interception.
Bohl said true freshman starting left guard Gavin Rush has a back issue, but didn’t think that would keep him from starting and playing in the bowl game.
Wednesday is the first day school’s can sign mid-year junior-college transfers, or players who will enroll in school in January of 2017. Was told through a source that UW does not plan to sign any mid-year junior college transfers.
I’m also working on a story on some of the top UW-BYU games from the past. I am attempting to talk to some past players in some of those games, and one of them was former quarterback Phil Davis (1979-81). UW ran the option when Davis played, but while talking to him I asked him his thoughts on UW redshirt sophomore quarterback Josh Allen.
“I couldn’t even hold his shoes,” Davis said. “He’s a big guy with a big-time arm. I was a college football coach for 25 years. I’ve got to tell you he’s what you look for at the next level. He’s young yet, but if he continues to improve he;s got a chance to play at the next level.”
My story on past UW-BYU games will be in Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and online at wyosports.net. What are some of your most memorable UW-BYU games? Chances are, the ones you are thinking of made my list as well.