UW football practice notes

Wyoming football coach Dave Christensen said, from what he saw, his team had a good practice Wednesday morning inside War Memorial Stadium. Christensen spends most of his time with the offense now that he is calling the plays.

Christensen said the same thing about Tuesday’s practice, but also said there were a few things that needed to be corrected … and they were.

“It was more of an effort on a couple of plays,” he said. “We expect 100 percent effort on every play by every player. When we don’t have it, we are going to call them out in front of their peers and get it corrected.”

Christensen said he has not noticed a difference in the way the team practiced last week getting ready for No. 22 Nebraska (then ranked No. 18) compared to this week facing and Idaho team on Saturday at home that lost its season-opener 40-6 at North Texas last week. That’s what Christensen said he wants to see out of his team, and also said the focus and intensity in practices going back to fall camp have been pretty consistent.

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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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