Friday marked the first day the Cowboys practiced in full pads. They worked out for about 2 1/2 hours at the north 40 practice fields.
Fourth-year UW coach Craig Bohl said the defense won the overall practice, and that there would be a reward: “They get ice cream bars tonight, including the coaches. I decided I’m a defensive coach today.”
Bohl also said junior quarterback Josh Allen threw threw the ball well Friday.
Here is some footage of some drill work early in practice:
Bohl said there were no injuries from Friday’s practice. However, he said sophomore defensive end Shiloh Windsor has a concussion and will be in concussion protocol for the next week. Senior fullback Drew Van Maanen (hamstring) and junior nose tackle Sidney Malauula (back) practiced on a limited basis.
The Cowboys look to be set with who will start at their three linebacker spots this season with sophomore Cassh Maluia and senior Jalen Ortiz outside and sophomore Logan Wilson of Casper in the middle. Depth behind them remains uncertain, but Bohl said Friday junior Chavez Pownell Jr., has made some progress at the strong-side outside linebacker spot behind Ortiz.
Bohl mentioned three true freshmen who are trending toward playing this season: offensive lineman Patrick Arnold, wide receiver Avante’ Cox (could also return punts and/or kickoffs) and defensive tackle Ravontae Holt. Bohl has mentioned those guys’ names a lot during the first week of camp.
“We really believe in this freshman class. The arrow sign points up with group, no mater who we play or redshirt,” Bohl said.
UW received nine votes in the preseason coaches poll earlier this week, and this is what Bohl had to say on that: “It’s an indication where we ended last year, and where we’re at as a program. It’s a start. We’re on the radar nationally. Last year, we weren’t and had a good year. We’re taking it one day at a time, but it’s rewarding that we’re garnering at least some national interest.”
UW will practice Saturday in what Bohl described as “spiders,” which is a slight step down from shoulder pads. He said there will be some two-minute work. The team is off Sunday, and there is no media access to players and coaches both Saturday and Sunday.
Here’s more from Bohl after Friday’s practice:
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