UW football fall camp – Practice No. 23

Wyoming’s second-to-last practice of fall camp was held in spiders (lighter shoulder pads),  helmets and shorts Friday morning in War Memorial Stadium. It also included some controversy.

Here’s how fourth-year coach Craig Bohl explained that controversy, and other things from practice.

Bohl said he’s liked what UW’s interior defensive linemen have shown during camp, guys such as junior nose tackles Sidney Malauulu and Conner Cain, along with sophomore defensive tackles Youhanna Ghaifan and Brent Gilliland. Also can’t forget the emergence of true freshmen Ravontae Holt and Javaree Jackson, both of whom are expected to play this season.

“They’ve put on some good weight, and their experience makes a difference,” Bohl said. They need to continue to improve. We’ve got to play better on defense, and I’m firmly confident we will. It all starts up front.”

My column in Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and online at wyosports.net, will go over the five biggest questions/concerns the Cowboys have heading into their season-opener Sept. 2 at Iowa.

First, what are your biggest questions/concerns?

I talked to Bohl and both coordinators about this. Parts of the list are more of a curiosity of how things will work out, such as what appears to be UW’s three-headed monster at running back between sophomore Milo Hall, junior Nico Evans and redshirt sophomore Kellen Overstreet.

However, Bohl said Friday he feels good about where his team is as camp gets ready to break.

“There’s a different feel with this team than last year’s team,” Bohl said. “They’re not cocky, but this is a confident football team. They sense they have unfinished business, and last season didn’t end as they liked it to (three straight losses). There’s a great deal of confience within them, and they want to improve.”

There were no new injuries from Friday’s practice, and an NFL scout from the Pittsburgh Steelers was there.

Also coming Sunday is WyoSports’ 68-page UW football preview section. Be sure to pick up a copy in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang. Here’s is what the cover looks like:

2017 Wyoming football preview section