Some new faces to watch for the Cowboys in 2019

Wednesday marked the one-quarter mark of fall camp for the University of Wyoming football team. However, a lot of work needs to be done before the Cowboys open the season Aug. 31 at home against Missouri.

Wednesday also was the first practice in full pads, which is a time when coaches get the best chances to evaluate all players in action.

While nothing is set in stone, a few names among new and younger players are starting to emerge in terms of who fans could be seeing in games this season.

Defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Jake Dickert said Wednesday redshirt freshman Charles Hicks has made a lot of progress from the spring, and is in the mix to be in the linebacker rotation this season. Hicks is a middle linebacker, and UW is set there with senior starter Logan Wilson of Casper. Senior Ben Wisdorf of Cheyenne and sophomore Chad Muma get reps in practice at both the middle and outside linebacker spots (also known as the WILL).

If UW was to play a game right now, Wilson and senior Cassh Maluia would be the starters in the middle and at WILL, respectively. Muma is probably the No. 3 linebacker and top backup at both spots, followed by Wisdorf and with Hicks making big strides. Dickert also said true freshman Easton Gibbs is doing some good things early in camp at WILL.

Dickert also said at nickel, UW’s hybrid outside linebacker/defensive back position, that true freshman Allen Smith is getting a strong look behind sophomore Keyon Blankenbaker.

UW fullbacks/tight ends coach Shannon Moore said the top three fullbacks at this point in camp — in no particular order — are junior Skyler Miller of Torrington, senior Jaylon Watson and junior Jeff Burroughs of Yoder.

For more UW football coverage, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, log on to wyosports.net and check back to this blog.

Wyoming coaches, players weigh in on favorite Easter candy

I do this every year with Easter and Halloween.

This weekend happens to be Easter, and even though the meaning of this holiday is much deeper and important than this, I like to have a little fun with the Wyoming football team and ask them their favorite Easter candy.

Lots of great choices here, so here we go.

Sophomore running back Xazavian Valladay: chocolate bunnies.

Running backs coach Gordie Haug: Reese’s eggs or bunnies.

Senior high end Josh Harshman: Reese’s eggs.

Redshirt freshman running back Brett Brenton: Sour punch straws or sour Mike and Ikes.

Junior nose tackle Justice Borton: Kit Kats.

Senior middle linebacker Logan Wilson: Whoppers Robin Eggs.

Senior kicker Cooper Rothe: Reese’s bunnies or eggs.

Junior fullback Skyler Miller: Cadbury Creame Eggs.

Run game coordinator AJ Cooper: Reese’s bunnies.

Offensive coordinator Brent Vigen: Cadbury Creame Eggs.

Redshirt freshman Cole Godbout: Starburst jelly beans.

Sophomore linebacker Chad Muma: chocolate bunnies.

Junior defensive tackle Ravontae Holt: Reese’s bunnies/eggs.

Sophomore defensive tackle Victor Jones: Marshmallow Peeps.

Me: Anything with Reese’s peanut butter. Doesn’t matter the holiday or occasion, give me some Reese’s and I am golden.

What about you? Would love to hear your favorite.