Youngest UW wide receivers doing good things this season

The lead to my story in Friday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and online at wyosports.net, is about Wyoming’s wide receivers. Yes, seniors Tanner Gentry and Jake Maulhardt continue to get the majority of the catches and production. However, first-year wide receivers coach Mike Grant is pleased with the progress and improvement of some of the younger guys.

John Okwoli

John Okwoli

Taking that a step further, Grant also likes what he sees with his two two freshmen wide receivers — John Okwoli and Parker Dumas.

Okwoli hasn’t caught a pass this season, but has played in every game — mostly on special teams. Grant said the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Okwoli has a lot of ability. He wants to continue to get Okwoli ready to play if he’s needed.

Dumas (6-5, 200) is being redshirted this season. He is in the same mold as Maulhardt (6-6, 230) in terms of his size, and also said Dumas is known as “Little Jake” among some of his teammates. Grant felt it was best to allow Dumas to allow his body to mature more this season.

Friday’s story in the WTE, Laramie Boomerang and at wyosports.net will have a lot of other news about UW football and its game at Nevada Saturday night, so be sure to check it out.

 

Cowboys begin preparations for Cornhuskers

Labor Day was no holiday for Wyoming football and the people who cover the team.

Coach Craig Bohl held his weekly news conference Monday afternoon, and the team began its preparations for its next game Saturday at Nebraska.

Here is the link to Bohl’s entire news conference.

http://www.wyosports.net/university_of_wyoming/facebook-live-craig-bohl-s-sept-news-conference/article_94c43ef2-7392-11e6-97cd-5b98c7d9d6f1.html

No significant changes to the Cowboys’ depth chart this week. Take a look for yourself.

Wyoming depth chart vs. Nebraska

Wyoming depth chart vs. Nebraska

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Images from UW football fall camp

Fall camp concluded for Wyoming Saturday with its second and final scrimmage.

Hope you enjoyed the video highlights and interviews I posted throughout camp. I shot a few photos I wanted to share that I though were fun and somewhat funny.

Brendan Turelli and his short shorts.

Brendan Turelli and his short shorts.

First, senior long snapper Brendan Turelli is one of my favorite guys on the team. A great guy who does his job well. During the last week of camp, Turelli and senior punter Ethan Wood got some pairs of workout shorts from UW’s equipment guys, and they are very much old school. Here is Turelli showing them off. Sorry for the titled angle on all these photos you are about to see. Both Wood and Turelli said they made them look like your old-school gym teacher/coach. I think that description does it justice.

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UW receivers coach with good perspective on Johnson duo

Clester Johnson was a two-time national champion at Nebraska in the 1990s as a wide receiver and wing-back.

Clester Johnson

Clester Johnson

His son, C.J., is a redshirt freshman wide receiver with Wyoming after attending Bellevue West High in Bellevue, Nebraska.

The Johnsons were the first father-son duo to win Gatorade State Player of the Year awards. Clester won it in 1991, and C.J won it in 2014.

Comparisons have been and will continue to be made between Clester and his son.

Mike Grant is a good person to ask about the two Johnsons.

Grant was a graduate assistant coach at Nebraska while Clester was there. Grant was hired as UW’s wide receivers coach back in January.

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Grant talks about UW’s wide receivers

New Wyoming wide receivers coach Mike Grant hit the ground running when he was hired back in late January.

Mike Grant

Mike Grant

Grant has 22 years of experience as a college coach, and was on Nebraska’s staff as a graduate assistant when current UW coach Craig Bohl was an assistant with the Cornhuskers.

Grant has two veteran receivers to work with in seniors Tanner Gentry and Jake Maulhardt, and has liked what he’s seen from both so far this spring, and even going back to winter workouts.

I asked Grant about UW’s young receivers, and here’s what he said about sophomores James Price and Justice Murphy, along with redshirt freshman C.J. Johnson. Here’s what he said.

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