For the second consecutive day, the Cowboys practiced in War Memorial Stadium Thursday with cool temperatures and light rain, although the sun came out as practiced progressed. The last few days in Laramie felt more like being in Seattle than at 7,220 feet with all the rain and cool weather.
UW worked out in full pads.
One of the early periods of practice was a pass-under-pressure session. Junior quarterback Josh Allen and the No. 1 offense performed well. Allen threw some nice passes to sophomore wide receivers Austin Conway and C.J. Johnson.
Here is fourth-year coach Craig Bohl after practice:
UW has practiced 10 times so far in camp. With no more two-a-days in college football, not all of the Cowboys’ instillation is in, but Bohl said he likes where things stand there as of now.
“We’re still implementing stuff and taking a slower pace,” he said. “It’s given us an opportunity to refine some things. We’ve taken a measured approach. Thus far we have a really foucsed football team.”
Sophomore Cassh Maluia is UW’s starter at weak-side outside linebacker, but the competition behind him is between sophomore Ben Wisdorf — a Cheyenne East graduate — and true freshman Ryan Gatoloai-Faupula. Bohl likes how both have performed so far in camp.
Gatoloai-Fapula goes by the nickname “Va,” and Bohl joked that he still doesn’t have his last name down in terms of saying it. According to the pronunciation guide on UW’s latest roster, this is how you say it: nuh-toe-LOW-eye, fow-PU-luh.
Bohl said the competition at cornerback remains strong among sophomore Tyler Hall, junior Antonio Hull and seniors Robert Priester and Rico Gafford. Bohl also said 6-foot-1 true freshman C.J. Coldon is “getting a strong look.”
NFL scouts from the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers were at Thursday’s practice. So far this week, scouts from nine NFL teams watched UW practice.
As was expected after Wednesday’s practice, junior nose tackle Sidney Malauula (back) was held out of Thursday’s practice. Senior defensive end Trevor Meader (knee) and sophomore defensive end Shiloh Windsor (concussion) were limited. Senior fullback Drew Van Maanen (hamstring) looks to be back to full strength.
True freshman defensive tackle Ravontae Holt changed his jersey number from 63 to 98. Holt is competing for playing time this season, and for more on him, see Friday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.