UW scrimmage thoughts

To say the defense dominated in Wyoming’s first official spring scrimamge¬†Wednesday would be an understatement.

The defense forced six turnovers, including four interceptions and defeated the offense in UW’s unique scoring system 72-41.

Was more impressed with the defensive dominance than concerned about the offensive woes. There’s some concern about the offense, but the defense was just down right good.

The line was active, whether it was in a 3-4 or 4-3. This is a true multiple defense folks. The guy that was a stud was senior defensive tackle Kurt Taufa’asau. He had nine tackles, three tackles for loss and two sacks. He was unblockable.

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UW spring football notes

Spring football at Wyoming begins March 19, or two weeks from Monday.

Been doing interviews with players and coaches for stories leading up to the start of practice, but wanted to share a few notes with you now:

–Sophomore quarterback Brett Smith won’t go through any contact drills and won’t scrimmage this spring after surgery earlier this winter. Smith, coach Dave Christensen and offensive coordinator Gregg Brandon all told me the surgery went well and Smith is expected to be fine for fall camp in August. “We don’t hit him anyway,” said Brandon about Smith and any of UW’s quarterbacks during practice.

Smith has been throwing the ball around lately and working out with teammates. UW doesn’t disclose injuries to specific players, but through social media Smith had surgery stemming from an injury to his right thumb/hand.

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Alexander turns pro

Wyoming running back Alvester Alexander has declared himself eligible for this year’s NFL Draft and will forego his senior season with the Cowboys.

I heard rumblings about this earlier in the week, but nothing was confirmed and all indications I got were that Alexander was coming back for his senior season.

This move surprises me big time. Alexander did some good things at UW: 27 rushing touchdowns (third-most in school history) and 2,127 yards (ninth-most in school history). He scored a touchdown on his first-ever carry for UW — a 44-yard run against Weber State in 2009.

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UW-Air Force quotes

Some quotes from Wyoming players and coaches after the Cowboys’ 25-17 win over Air Force last Saturday.

“I swear I’ve never played in in something like that.” — true freshman quarterback Brett Smith on the winds that gusted upwards to 60 miles per hour.

“Who gives a crap. We’re going to show up and play whoever’s on the schedule. That’s for bettors and I bet on my guys to win every week. We don’t care what the odds-makers pick.” — coach Dave Christensen when asked if he knew UW was a 16-point underdog against Air Force.

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Muhammad out, Sutton in

Today’s weekly news conference with coach Dave Christensen and players was highlighted, or in this case lowlighted, with the news junior running back Ghaali Muhammad is out for the rest of the season with an injury suffered against TCU last Saturday.

True freshman Kody Sutton will have the redshirt pulled off him, and Christensen said he could play at Air Force Saturday. Christensen wants to have three running backs available, and Sutton gives UW three with junior Alvester Alexander and sophomore Brandon Miller, who has been playing more at receiver the last couple of games.

Good move or bad move to burn the redshirt off Sutton?

For more on that, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.

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Video: Nick Carlson

The junior center for the Wyoming football team sheds some light on his feelings of true freshman quarterback Brett Smith, and the hits he took against TCU last week.

Carlson also talks about this week’s game against Air Force, and also on the season-ending injury to junior running back Ghaali Muhammad.