UW fall camp – Day 10

Wyoming has an interesting situation forming at linebacker, and not just for this season.

All three of its projected starters — Mark Nzeocha and Devyn Harris on the outside, and Jordan Stanton inside — are seniors. Stanton’s backup, Alex Borgs, third-string¬†outside linebacker Nehemie Kankolongo also are seniors.

There are only four linebackers on the depth chart on scholarship that are not seniors: sophomore Lucas Wacha, juniors Jeff Lark and Malkaam Muhammad and true freshman Alex Bush.

Lucas Wacha

Lucas Wacha

Wacha is the only one of that group that has seen significant and meaningful playing time, and that was last season as redshirt freshman. Right now, Wacha is out with a concussion.

It is safe to assume linebacker will be an emphasis for the 2015 recruiting class. But aside from getting the starters solidified and ready for the season, what about getting those non-senior backups ready not only for this season, but for the future?

“I’m focused right now who our best three guys in our base situation, and then who our best two nickel linebackers,” UW defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Steve Stanard said. “As far as only having five guys coming back next year, (head coach) Craig Bohl focuses more on that stuff. He’s our director of player personnel.”

Steve Stanard

Steve Stanard

Stanard said Lark, Nzeocha’s backup, had a good summer and has had a good fall camp so far. Same with Harris. Stanard said the staff is trying to see if Bush can help the team on special teams.

Here is what Bohl said after Wednesday morning’s practice.


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UW football recruit visits

Here is a tentative list of football recruits that will visit Wyoming this weekend:

–ATH Jay MacIntyre, 5-11, 180, Louisville, Colo. (Monarch HS) — son of current Colorado football coach Mike McIntyre.

–DE Daniel Vega, 6-4, 260, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Xavier HS) — Illinois State offer.

–OT Cole Turner, 6-4, 285, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Xavier HS) — verbal commitment to Wyoming prior to Christmas.

–DE Connor Cain, 6-4, 250, Littleton, Colo. (Heritage HS) — Eastern Washington offer.

–DT Sidney Malauulu, 6-3, 280, Sierra Vista, Ariz. (Buena HS). According to his Twitter account he committed to UW during his visit.

–LB Alex Bush, 6-2, 220, La Habra, Calif. (La Habra HS).¬†Committed to UW via Twitter Saturday night.

–OG Ryan Cummings, 6-6, 310, Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Valor Christian HS)

–DB Brian Hill , 6-1, 192, Belleville, Ill. (Belleville West HS)

–DE Joshua Stanton, 6-3, 230, Valencia, Calif. (Valencia HS). Committed to UW last fall.

Also of note: QB Aaron Young of ASA College in New York has signed his letter of intent and plans to be on campus and attending classes at UW early next week. … Two other UW signees are also on campus: OL Richard Bettencourt (6-3, 288) from Meridian High in Meridian, Idaho and TE Jacob Hollister (6-4, 230) from Arizona Western College in Yuma, Ariz. … Stanton is the younger brother of UW senior middle linebacker Jordan Stanton.