Cowboys share some of the Easter favorites

With the Easter weekend upon us, we all know the religious importance it holds for many.

But to have some fun, I asked some of the Wyoming football players and coaches what their favorite Easter candy is — and there is a lot to choose from.

Here are some of the responses:

Head coach Craig Bohl: Marshmallow Peeps

LB Lucas Wacha: Dove chocolate with caramel inside

RB Brian Hill: Resse’s Peanut Butter Cups/Eggs

DE coach AJ Cooper: Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs

QB Cameron Coffman: Resse’s Pieces

RB Shaun Wick: Cadbury Eggs

LB Devin McKenna: Dark Hershey’s chocolate

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UW-Air Force Monday press conference highlights

Mondays are when media has the most access to Wyoming football players and coaches during game week.

Here are some of the more notable items:

–First-year coach Craig Bohl recapped the 17-12 win over Montana, and said UW’s minus-2 turnover margin was something that needs to improve. “We can withstand one, but we need to do a better job (defensively) when the ball is in the air and stripping that the ball.”

Colby Kirkegaard

Colby Kirkegaard

–Senior quarterback Colby Kirkegaard said the biggest improvement he and the offense needs to make is with those turnovers. Kirkegaard lost a fumble and threw an interception in the end zone against the Grizzlies. “Some of our negative plays were self-inflicted,” he said. “There were a lot of factors in that. We have to smooth out those first-game jitters, I guess, and just be more consistent with the positive plays.”

–Bohl described the players’ attitude leading up and during the Montana game as “excellent.” He added: “Some people on the outside may not think that’s a big deal, but it is.”

–Sophomore running back D.J. May and senior receiver Jalen Claiborne didn’t finish the Montana game due to injuries, but Bohl said both were expected to practice Monday night. Both were listed on UW’s two-deep roster Monday.

–Bohl said Air Force is an “excellent” team. After just watching tape of the Falcons’ 44-16 win over Nicholls last Saturday, Bohl said the Falcons are much better than their 2-10 record of last season due to the play at quarterback, running back and fullback. For more on that, and a minor change to UW’s depth chart this week, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to

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Bohl impressed with veteran defensive ends

One of the first things first-year Wyoming football coach Craig Bohl said that stood out about Saturday’s first spring practice in full pads (third overall) was the play of two veteran defensive ends — senior Sonny Puletasi and junior Eddie Yarbrough.

“That was real encouraging,” said Bohl on both players so far this spring. “We have some seasoned and veteran guys there, and it is important for them to get acclimated to the 4-3. Their leadership on the field has been good. We are young inside, but I’ve seen our ends pop up.”

Yarbrough led all of UW’s defensvie linemen last season with 89 tackles. He also had team-highs with 12 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks as he earned First Team All-Mountain West honors.

Puletasi, who switched his jersey number from 12 to 50 this season, had 47 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks last season. Puletasi has started in 21 games.

Here are some highlights from the defense from Saturday’s practice:

Bohl said no one has stood out among the five quarterbacks this spring. “We have a lot of work to do there,” Bohl added. We’re putting in a lot of offense. I think the guys are paying attention to detail, but it’s not easy.”

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Experience on Kirkegaard’s side

Who will be Wyoming’s starting quarterback?

That’s the big question this spring, and after two practices UW is not close finding that guy yet.

Colby Kirkegaard

Colby Kirkegaard

But if experience matters, don’t count out redshirt senior Colby Kirkegaard.

Here are some highlights of Kirkegaard throwing the ball during Friday’s practice, along with other highlights from the early portions of practice:

This is Kirkegaard’s fourth year at UW after he came out of junior college in 2011. He’s played in seven games and started one. He redshirted last season. Granted, Kirkegaard’s career statistics don’t jump out at you — 21 of 36, 160 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.

In his career, Kirkegaard has had two different head coaches, three different offensive coordinators and three different position coaches. He and the rest of the Cowboys’ quarterbacks on the roster are transitioning from a spread and high-tempo offense to a pro-style and more methodical offense under first-year coach Craig Bohl and first-year offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Brent Vigen.

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UW’s offensive depth chart for Nebraska

Wyoming coach Dave Christensen will release his first depth chart of the season Monday.

But I thought I would take a shot of predicting how it will look now, starting with the offense. Look for the defense and special teams to come later this weekend. As always, I welcome your comments, thoughts and questions.



Brett Smith, Jr., 6-3, 206

Jason Thompson, So., 6-2, 206

Colby Kirkegaard, Sr., 6-3, 205

Tommy Thornton, Fr., 6-1, 205

Notes: There was never a doubt Smith would be the starter. In three fall camp scrimmages Smith was 39-55 for 553 yards with nine TDs and one INT. … Thompson also had a solid camp. He was 33-49 for 440 yards with four TDs and two INTs. … There was good competition at the No. 3 spot. I give Kirkegaard the edge based on his experience, but it would not surprise me if Thornton is No. 3 on Monday.

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UW scrimmage news and notes




Want another Wyoming wide receiver to talk about?

How about senior Jarrod Darden.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound senior who transferred from Colorado but is eligible this season

Jarrod Darden

Jarrod Darden

because he graduated from CU in the spring, caught three passes for 95 yards and a touchdown working with the No. 2 offense during Sunday’s first scrimmage of fall camp.

His TD catch was 46 yards, and he had a nice one-handed catch for 40 yards later on. All of his catches came from sophomore backup quarterback Jason Thompson.

“They have me in the slot, which I haven’t played before, and this is a new kind of offense for me,” Darden said. “I played in more of a pro-style offense at Colorado, but I like this offense a lot.”

Darden said he transferred from Colorado because he went through three coaching changes in four years, and he was simply “tired of it.”

Darden said he looked for schools that threw the ball a lot, and UW fit the description.

“At Colorado I was burried on the depth chart and a new coach was coming in. I wanted to go a school that wanted me and could use me. Right now I feel like I can contribute. If I keep making plays, hopefully they can use me.

“This is the best I felt during camp in a while. I am getting feedback and reps. I will enjoy this day, but our first two-a-days are Monday so I can’t enjoy it for long before it is time to get back to work.”

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May looks to miss 2013 season

I was in Laramie Friday morning doing some advance work for WyoSports’ Wyoming football section, which comes out Aug. 25. I saw many players going through lifting workouts, but one that wasn’t was sophomore running back D.J. May.

May was in sling, and said he tore his left pectoral muscle recently lifting weights. He was in good spirits, but said the recovery time is about nine months.

D.J. May

D.J. May

He also said he will likely redshirt this season.

If he does, May will return in 2014 as a redshirt sophomore. Last season as a true freshman, May led UW in rushing with 374 yards on 77 carries (4.9 yards per carry) and had one touchdown. He also caught six passes for 35 yards.

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