UW scrimmage recap

Wyoming broke fall camp Wednesday morning with it last of three scrimmages at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.

This scrimmage was not as long as the first two, but it served its purpose. The starting offense and defense made its fair share of plays against the backups.

Here is coach Dave Christensen’s interview after the scrimmage.

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UW football fall camp: Practice 17

Wyoming junior starting quarterback Brett Smith was at practice Tuesday morning, but he didn’t do much.

Smith missed Monday’s workouts with flu-like symptoms. Smith participated in some individual drills, but didn’t take part in any of the team periods. Sophomore backup Jason Thompson replaced Smith for the second consecutive day.

Brett Smith

Brett Smith

“Not very good,” said Smith when I asked him how he felt after practice Tuesday. He said he had the flu and also an ear infection, which caused him to feel dizzy at times during practice. I would be surprised if Smith participates in Wednesday’s scrimmage, which marks the end of fall camp.

When asked what he is doing to get better, Smith said: “Medicine and rest.”

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UW fall football camp: Practice 15

There was a significant absence during Wyoming Monday morning practice: junior starting quarterback Brett Smith.

“He was driving in this morning and had to pull over and throw up,” said coach Dave Christensen, who added that Smith had flu-like symptoms. “We sent him to see a doctor. If it is contagious we don’t want him to give it to the rest of the team.

“I talked to him at 10:30 last night. He called me and woke me up at home to tell me how excited he was. He was’t sick then.”

Sophomore backup Jason Thompson took all the snaps with the No. 1 offense. His first pass during an 11-on-11 drill was intercepted by junior outside linebacker Mark Nzeocha. Later during a 7-on-7 drill, Thompson was intercepted by true freshman free safety Xavier Lewis in a ball that was tipped by a receiver on a high throw from Thompson.

“It was just another day to come out and get better,” Thompson said. “There was nothing different scheme-wise, but just getting on the same page with the rest of the guys. It was kind of tough playing with a different group ,but it got better near the end.”

For more on Thompson, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net

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UW football fall camp: Day 9

Two things dominated the the players first day off of fall camp on Tuesday for Wyoming — meetings and treatment.

Coach Dave Christensen the day was filled with meetings with coaches and medical treatments for players, and also a team swimming gathering at the Laramie Community Recreation Center. The Cowboys are pretty banged up at this point, even though most of the injuries are minor.

Christensen liked how the team came back from their day off during Wednesday morning’s practice. The Cowboys also practiced in the afternoon.

Still, the Cowboys’ top three running backs and top two cornerbacks remained limited due to injuries. Senior Brandon Miller, true freshman Omar Stover and sophomore Shaun Wick saw limited action at running back. Miller and Stover saw more action than in previous days, and Christensen is hopeful they will play in Saturday’s scrimmage.

Christensen is also hopeful junior cornerback Blair Burns will scrimmage Saturday. He didn’t sound as hopeful junior DeAndre Jones, although his injury also is not believed to be serious.

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UW football fall camp: Day 7

Coaches get a better feel for a practice or scrimmage after watching film. After Monday’s morning practice coach Dave Christensen said a few things stood out after watching the film of Sunday’s first scrimmage of fall camp.

–Christensen was impressed with the plays made by junior Tyran Finley, both at cornerback and returning punts. Finley, a junior-college transfer this summer, returned an interception 27 yards for a touchdown. The interception was thrown by junior starter Brett Smith

–He thought all of the quarterbacks managed the offense well. Smith and sophomore backup Jason Thompson got most of the reps, and had most of the production. Combined they were 39-of-49 for 529 yards with eight touchdowns and one interception.

–Christensen liked the play of the starting offensive line.

–Defensively, Christensen ¬†wants to see more pressure on the quarterback and for the unit to get off the field. There were only two three-and-outs during the scrimmage.

Here is some video highlights during a team period during Monday morning’s practice.

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Christensen wants team to be more physical

Saturday was the first day Wyoming practiced in full pads during fall camp, and one of the first things fifth-year coach Dave Christensen talked to his team about was being more physical.

He also addressed that with the media after practice.

“We have to be more physical,” he said. “At times we were, but it is something you have to do consistently. We will keep working on it. I was pleased with effort, but we have to be a more physical football team.”

Here is a video link to a few highlights of one of the team periods from Saturday’s practice.

Newcomers working their way up

Junior-college transfer Tyran Finley and true freshman Timmy Hayes worked with the No. 2 defense at cornerback during team periods Saturday, as did true freshman Xavier Lewis and redshirt freshman Cortland Fort at the safety spots.

Lewis and Fort both had interceptions during practice.

“They are competing well and the competition level there is rising,” Christensen said.

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Wacha working to put on the pounds

Wyoming redshirt freshman Lucas Wacha came out of spring drills as the starter at weakside linebacker.

All 6-foot-1, 210 pounds of him.

Four days into fall camp Wacha has put on some weight. … about two to four pounds.

Lucas Wacha

Lucas Wacha

It is not like Wacha isn’t trying to add weight. Linebackers coach Robin Ross said during UW’s media day on Friday that Wacha is required to be eating food every time he attends a team meeting or film session.

“Anything that has calories,” said Wacha when asked what he eats. “It ranges from fruit, to crackers, to chocolate. Anything having to do with weight.”

After a summer workout in July, Wacha came to do an interview eating out of a big jar of peanuts.

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Bruce moves to TE

Wyoming senior Spencer Bruce of Gillette was moved from receiver to tight end when fall camp started after junior Riley Lange moved from tight end to defensive end.

Bruce brings decent size to the position at 6-5, 225. He has played in 12 games in his

Spencer Bruce

Spencer Bruce

career, and has five catches for 56 yards and one touchdown.

“It’s a little bit different (playing tight end), but we have great coaches teaching me new techniques and showing me the offense from a different position. The transition so far has been pretty easy.”

Bruce was recruited by UW as a defensive end.

Bruce and junior-college transfer J.D. Krill are the only two players on scholarship working at tight end.

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Cowboys Camp: Day 2

A lot of the same from Wyoming’s second day of fall camp Wednesday morning in Laramie.

But here is a video link of a couple of plays during an 11-on-11 team period early in practice.

The team practiced for the second straight day in shorts, jerseys and helmets. It puts on the shoulder pads for the first time Thursday.

It was announced Tuesday that junior Riley Lange moved from tight end to defensive

Riley Lange

Riley Lange

end — the position he was recruited for when he signed in 2010. Since then he has played defensive tackle, fullback/H-back and tight end. Lange went to the coaches and asked to move back to defensive end a few weeks before the start of fall camp. He should provide depth there, and took some reps with the No. 1 defense during team periods Wednesday.

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