Younger guys get some work as UW prepares for Poinsettia Bowl

Extra practices and and an extra game are some of the benefits of bowl game, especially for younger players.

Wyoming is taking advantage of that as several players in its two deep roster on offense, defense and special teams return next season.

Craig Bohl

Craig Bohl

But it’s also a chance for those who are redshirting and are on the scout teams to get in more reps. Third-year coach Craig Bohl said Tuesday that at the end of some of UW’s practices for the Dec. 21 Poinsettia Bowl that some of the scout team guys will get a chance to scrimmage and get in some live action.

One of those was Monday night, and this is what Bohl said he liked from some of his younger guys.

“I thought (true freshman running back) Mike Green did some good things, along with (true freshman wide receiver) Parker Dumas on offense,” Bohl said. “On defense I liked some things from (true freshman linebacker) Jahmari Moore and (true freshman walk-on defensive end) Garrett Crall.”

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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.