Poinsettia Bowl postgame thoughts

It wasn’t the ending players, coaches and fans wanted, but if anything, UW’s 24-21 loss to Brigham Young in Wednesday’s Poinsettia Bowl was entertaining and exciting — at least in the second half.

The Cowboys (8-6) followed a familiar pattern as the season concluded. Slow or sluggish starts to games — even extending to the first half and third quarter — and then a furious rally late.

But just like in the 27-24 loss to San Diego State in the MW Championship Game on Dec. 3, that rally fell short.

Some initial thoughts/observations:

Brian Hill

Brian Hill

— Disappointing to see junior running back Brian Hill benched for the first quarter by third-year coach Craig Bohl, who said after the game it was a “coach’s decision.” Obviously, Hill didn’t do anything earth-shattering wrong, but disappointing to see. Would things have changed if he played? Maybe, maybe not. Hill played well when he returned (93 yards, 1 TD, and one catch for 19 yards). I thought senior Shaun Wick played really well — even when Hill returned. Wick had 13 carries for 55 yards and caught one pass for six yards.

— Sunny San Diego didn’t live up to its hype. Yeah, the game was at night but it rained like crazy in the first half. Both teams had to play in it, but it definitely affected UW the worst. A bobbled snap on a punt (the snap was good) and a botched hold on a field goal (the snap was good) cost UW dearly. Other shortcomings cost UW, but those special teams gaffs hurt a lot.

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Makransky taking advantage of opportunities this spring at CB

After signing day in February of 2014, cornerback Anthony Makransky was home in Friendswood, Texas, still looking for a place to play college football.

Anthony Makransky

Anthony Makransky

Through the aid of a recruiting service, his highlight tape ended up at Wyoming. Makransky came to Laramie as a walk-on, and less than a year later, he is listed as a starter for the Cowboys heading into its second spring scrimmage at 11 a.m. Saturday.

“He’s definitely a competitor. He pays attention to detail and doing all the little things right,” UW cornerbacks coach John Richardson said. “We’re focusing this year doing the things that take no effort correctly, and he’s doing those things in terms of running to the football and attempting to make plays. We’re looking at guys willing to compete day in and day out, and he’s doing those thins. He’s shown up very impressively so far.”

Makransky had two tackles and broke up one pass in UW’s first scrimmage last Saturday. Right now, he’s ahead of redshirt freshman C.J. Jennings — who is on scholarship — on the depth chart.

“I was so happy, but at the same time, (safeties coach Curt Mallory) and coach Richardson preach open competition,” Makransky said. “Every single day is a grind. Every single day you have to have the same intensity and attention to detail.”

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