UW football fall camp – Practice No. 9

Wyoming practiced in War Memorial Stadium Wednesday morning, and worked on some two-minute offense and the kicking game. The players worked out in “spiders,” which are smaller and lighter shoulder pads, helmets and shorts.

The construction progress continues for UW’s $44 High Altitude Performance Center, which is still set to open next summer. Here’s a picture of that from Wednesday’s practice:

Wyoming’s High Altitude Performance Center on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. Photo by Robert Gagliardi

Here are some highlights of some drill work during practice:

Fourth-year coach Craig Bohl said sophomore Gavin Rush has the edge right now in being the Cowboys’ starting center. However, true freshman Logan Harris of Torrington is getting more reps as the backup. Bohl said Harris has passed fellow true freshman Patrick Arnold as of now, but all will continue to get work.

“Logan has been a pleasant surprise for us,” Bohl said. “I thought he would be a developmental guy, but he’s had a  strong presence. He doesn’t get flustered very much. When you see a player from Wyoming doing some good things, that’s always encouraging.”

Harris is listed at 6-3, 308 pounds, a 33-pound increase from when he signed with UW back in February.

For more on UW’s offensive line, see Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.

Bohl also said sophomore Milo Hall and junior Nico Evans are the top two running backs so far in camp. Redshirt sophomore Kellen Overstreet is still in the mix, but he’s been hampered by a hamstring injury. Bohl said no one has emerged yet between Hall and Evans. He also said as of now, it doesn’t look like any freshmen will play running back this season.

Josh Allen

Bohl said junior starter Josh Allen and junior backup Nick Smith threw the ball well Wednesday. “Josh has owned his work, and not only has he improved as a leader, but so has his fundamental skills,” Bohl said. Allen completed 56 percent of his passes and threw 15 interceptions last season — both areas that must improve in 2017. Bohl said Allen has improved in those areas so far in camp.

Allen also showed off his long-snapping abilities prior to the start of practice, and said he did a little of that in middle school. Fall camp is a grind, but Allen looks like he’s having a lot of fun right now.

“Camp is going really good and we’ve clicked really well,” Allen said. “The receivers are looking really good. The running backs are doing well, also. As a whole offense I think things are where they need to be right now.

“I’d take (fall camp) over summer workouts, interviews and all the offseason stuff. This is a time we get to play football. I’m excited out there and I love my teammates. We have a bunch of guys that want (to have success) like we did last year, and this year we want to win a Fiesta Bowl.”

Bohl said senior starting fullback Drew Van Maanen (hamstring) is closer to getting back to full strength. Bohl also said junior nose tackle Sidney Malauulu “tweaked” his back Wednesday and may be held out of Thursday’s practice. Malauulu has been dealing with back issues since the start of camp. Sophomore defensive end Shiloh Windsor (concussion) continues to do more in practice every day.

Two NFL scouts from the Los Angeles Chargers were at practice Wednesday. So far this week, scouts from six NFL teams have been to watch the Cowboys practice.

Here is more with Bohl after practice:

UW released its latest roster Tuesday night, with updated heights and weights.

Sophomore starting middle linebacker Logan Wilson, who was a cornerback at Natrona County High in Casper, came to UW at 196 pounds. He’s now 240.

Many of the true freshmen made significant weight gains since they signed with UW in February. The biggest was offensive lineman Rudy Stofer, who put on 35 pounds and is listed at 6-6, 290. Although he may be redshirted this season, one guy to watch is 6-7 true freshman tight end Nate Weinman from Creston, Ohio. He is listed at 260 pounds right now.

Allen is up to 240 pounds, compared to 233 last year. Junior defensive end Carl Granderson is listed at 6-5, 255 pounds. He was around 240 last year before he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the sixth game.