The Cowboys worked out in War Memorial Stadium Friday morning in shorts, helmets and “spider” pads — a step down from regular shoulder pads.
UW did some special teams work, and sophomore kicker Cooper Rothe attempted field goals at various spots on the field. Rothe did a solid job in the intermediate ranges. Fourth-year coach Craig Bohl said UW also did some two-minute work and he liked what he saw from the defense.
As far as individual players from Friday’s practice, Bohl said sophomore defensive tackle Youhanna Ghaifan, junior wide receiver James Price and true freshman center Logan Harris of Torrington caught his eye.
Bohl on Harris: “He’s really emerging, and for a freshman that’s a difficult task. He has a great demeanor and good strength. Nothing’s finalized, but we’re taking a hard, hard look at him as our center.”
Here is Bohl after practice:
If you watched this video and heard Bohl refer to a player named “Va,” he’s talking about true freshman outside linebacker Ryan Gatoloai-Faupula, who is competing for playing time this season at the weak side.
Va is one of four players on UW’s roster with Samoan/Polynesian heritage. The others are senior defensive end Nela Lolohea, junior nose tackle Sidney Malauulu and sophomore linebacker Cassh Maluia. As a group, those four dyed their hair orange for fall camp as a bonding gesture.
UW senior fullback Drew Van Maanen has been the leader of new-look hair cuts among the fullbacks and other players the last four years. Van Maanen said Friday he and sophomore fullback Jaylon Watson are going to sport mustaches this season. Both have pretty decent ones going so far, and I will update with photos as camp and the season progresses.
Bohl said junior tight end Austin Fort of Gillette may have bruised a knee Friday and didn’t finish practice. Bohl didn’t have an update on the extent of Fort’s injury.
Bohl also said redshirt freshman wide receiver Parker Dumas, who is listed at 6-5, won’t be in school for the fall semester as he’s “doing some personal work.”
NFL scouts from the Cleveland Browns and Houston Texas were at Friday’s practice. So far this week, scouts from 12 NFL teams have been in Laramie to check out UW football.
UW’s 12th practice of fall camp is Saturday, and there is no media access afterwards. That practice will mark the midway point of camp.
“I think we’re a little bit ahead of where I thought we’d be,” Bohl said. “I’m pleased with the want-to and the ability level on the field. There is a different bounce in the their step. They’re more focused and guys are finding ways to stay on practice field instead of finding ways getting off it.”
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