UW football fall camp update – Day 17

The grind of preseason practice hasn’t worn down the sense of humor of coach Craig Bohl.
Asked why his team started Thursday’s practice indoors despite a light rain, Bohl drew smiles and laughs.
Craig Bohl

Craig Bohl

“We’re soft,” the second-year coach said jokingly.

In reality, Bohl wanted his players focused and not distracted by the precipitation while doing walk-throughs as preparation ramps up for the season opener Sept. 5 against North Dakota.
The team moved outside to the stadium for much of practice, and Bohl said it’s important to practice in poor weather for players to get used to handling wet balls.
Bohl said no new injuries were suffered and the team is getting closer to full strength. 
“We’ll taper back a little bit on contact with half-padded practice (today) and then have a game-like scrimmage on Saturday,” he said. “Usually, on game week we pare way back to make sure we’re fresh and all our bumps and bruises are gone.”

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Saturday’s scrimmage another step forward for Coffman

It’s not a real game, but it’s the next closest thing for Wyoming as it hosts its first and only major scrimmage of fall camp at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Major may not be a good work as coach Craig Bohl said it will consist of around 42 plays. “That’s an indication that we’ve had a pretty aggressive camp,” he said. “We will get some work to some of the guys we think need work. We will hold some guys out. I’ve looked at the number of guys we need to take a look at, and I also want to make sure we go into our first game healthy.”

The scrimmage is closed to the public and media, but here’s what Bohl said after Friday morning’s practice about it, and a few other things.

Cameron Coffman

Cameron Coffman

Redshirt senior starting quarterback Cameron Coffman feels like the scrimmage is important for him. Coffman has not played in a real game since 2013. The last time in a scrimmage-situation was in April in UW’s spring game.

“It’s as close of a look at a real game before our first one,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to go out, compete and act like it’s a real game.

“It’s definitely a whole lot easier going through this offense for the second time. I feel more comfortable with everybody. I know the plays, the playbook and the reads. I’ve gotten better at it, but need to continue to get better.”

As for what he wants to accomplish in Saturday’s scrimmage, Coffman added: “Compete and do well as an offense. Move the ball down the field, get first downs and get in the end zone.”

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UW football fall camp – Day 10

Wyoming practiced in War Memorial Stadium Wednesday morning after stretching in its indoor practice facility. It was cool enough with lows in the 30s Tuesday night in Laramie for the coaches not to worry about the heat index on the artificial playing surface in the stadium.

UW did some blitz work, and coach Craig Bohl liked what he saw: “I thought that our quarterbacks made some good decisions. There weren’t as many guys running free open, so as we integrate more and more of those schemes our execution’s improving.”

Seth Edeen

Seth Edeen

Was sad to hear that two in-state players for the Cowboys decided to call it a career due to health issues. Sophomore defensive end Seth Edeen of Cheyenne announced on Twitter late Tuesday night of his decision based on him having only one kidney. Junior wide receiver Tanner Simpson of Lander announced his decision on Twitter Wednesday morning due to a nagging foot issue.

Here is Edeen’s Tweet:

Tanner Simpson

Tanner Simpson

Here is Simpson’s Tweet:

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Freeman’s speed, abilities catching the eyes of coaches during fall camp

One of Wyoming’s true freshman football players that has been getting a lot of attention so far in camp in cornerback Davion Freeman.

Davion Freeman

Davion Freeman

The 5-foot-9, 156-pounder from Del City, Oklahoma, is competing with fellow true freshman Antonio Hull (5-10, 188) from Diamond Bar, California, for playing time — and perhaps a starting job.

Second-year coach Craig Bohl said one or both could see playing time this season, and that Saturday’s scrimmage will go a long way towards making that decision.

“Just effort. Sprinting to the ball after each play. Just hustling,” said Freeman recently on how he’s been able to have early success in fall camp. “The coaches notice that and want you on the field. When you hustle anything can happen. When there’s a fumble and you;re there to pick it up.”

Learning the play book and an more complex defensive scheme are the two things Freeman said has been the biggest adjustment for him at the college level so far.

“Once I do that, things should go real good,” Freeman said.

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Scary incident provides valuable lesson for Cummings

Ryan Cummings learned some valuable lessons earlier this summer.

The Wyoming sophomore offensive lineman was driving from his home in the Denver area back to Laramie. He was on U.S. Highway 287 when a powerful rain storm hit.

Ryan Cummings

Ryan Cummings

“I couldn’t see out my windshield,” Cummings said. “I’m driving down this hill and my truck started going sideways out of no where. I went onto the opposite side of the road facing the other direction. I missed a semi-truck by about 20 yards and then ended up in a ditch. It wasn’t dry enough where my truck could roll.”

Cummings wasn’t wearing a seat belt, and the air bags didn’t go off. Cummings broke his nose and split his lip all the way to his nose that required stitches.

I’m lucky to be here.”

“I’m lucky to be here and thankful I’m here. I praise God that he was looking over me,” Cummings said.

U.S. 287 harbors some painful memories for UW athletics. On Sept. 6, 2010 then UW true freshman linebacker Ruben Narcisse died in an automobile accident on that highway. That accident involved three other UW football players who survived.

Of course, there was the eight members of the UW track and cross-country team that died on that highway on Sept. 16, 2001 due to an accident with a drunk driver.

There have been plenty of other stories I’ve been told from UW athletics officials who have had close calls on that stretch of road.

“It’s a caution for me to always wear your seat belt, always take it easy in bad road conditions and be smart wherever I go,” Cummings said.

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UW football fall camp – Day 3

Wyoming was back at the North 40 grass practice fields Wednesday morning for its third practice of fall camp. Players were in shoulder pads for the first time. They will be in full pads for the first time on Friday.

Coach Craig Bohl said some of his veteran players continue to play well. Bohl singled out redshirt senior quarterback Cameron Coffman, along with senior

Cameron Coffman

Cameron Coffman

defensive end Eddie Yarbrough and junior nickel back/linebacker D.J. May.

“(Coffman’s) competition percentage is up. He’s really getting a good grasp of our offense, making good decisions and adjusting well,” Bohl said.

“D.J. May continues to make progress, and Eddie showed some great bursts. Anytime you seniors and other veterans continue to get better, that’s always a good sign.”

Hear what else Bohl said after Wednesday’s practice right here:

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UW football fall camp – Day 1

I wish I could give you a lot of hard-hitting analysis and insight from Wyoming’s first practice of fall camp Monday morning in Laramie.

Unfortunately, as was the case last season, media members are allowed to watch only the first 30 minutes of practice, and not a whole lot happens during that time. And, with this being the first of 24 fall camp practices and the players in just helmets and shorts, there isn’t a lot to report.

Here is some video of UW’s quarterbacks getting in some early throws and drill work.

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