UW spring football roundup – Day 1

It was back to work Monday for the Wyoming football team as it held its first of 15 spring practices.

UW used both its indoor facility and War Memorial Stadium for its workout, which lasted a little more than two hours. Players will be in shorts and helmets for the first two practices. They won’t be in full pads until the third practice on Saturday.

Here are some highlights from the first practice. Media is allowed to stay for only the first 30 minutes.


A few points of observation from Day 1:

–UW did some walk-through work prior to the start of practice and the guys who got most of the reps with the No. 1 offense along the offensive line were sophomore Ryan Cummings (left tackle), junior Chase Roullier (left guard), sophomore Charlie Renfree (center), redshirt freshman Richard Bettencourt (right guard) and sophomore Taylor Knestis (right tackle). Another who got in some work on the left side was sophomore tackle Kurtis Stirneman.

Cameron Coffman

Cameron Coffman

–Senior Cameron Coffman always seemed to be the first guy when the quarterbacks did individual drills, and he also worked with the No. 1 offense the most of the other four guys. What that means this early in spring is debatable, but I still believe he is the guy to beat in terms of UW’s starting quarterback.

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UW fall camp – Day 9

Once again, Wyoming started its ninth day and 11th practice of fall camp Tuesday with some 11-on-11 work as the team practiced in full pads. It was all passes by the offense, and it looked like the defense took a look at some different blitz packages.

DeAndre Jones

DeAndre Jones

Senior cornerback DeAndre Jones had a good session. He broke up a deep pass from redshirt senior quarterback Colby Kirkegaard to sophomore receiver Tanner Gentry deep down the field. Later, Jones jarred the ball loose from sophomore receiver Jake Maulhardt on a short pass over the middle.

The defense had the advantage over the offense for the most part, and it looked like at times the quarterbacks had issues with getting the play off before the play clock expired. Junior defensive end Eddie Yarbrough had two sacks — although quarterbacks were not allowed to be hit. Redshirt junior defensive tackle Troy Boyland had a sack, and senior defensive end Sonny Puletasi had an athletic pass break-up in pass coverage.

Eddie Yarbrough

Eddie Yarbrough

Per usual, Kirkegaard and sophomore Tom Thornton were the only quarterbacks to take snaps during this period. All indications are that Kirkegaard still has a firm grasp of the starting job, and Thornton is the backup.

UW mixed and matched a few offensive linemen in with the No. 1 offense at times. Sophomore Sam Hardy played some at guard and redshirt freshman Kurtis Stirneman played a few snaps at left tackle. Sophomore starter Nathan Leddige remains out with a concussion. Most of the snaps there went to junior Austin Traphagan.

True freshman cornerback Robert Priester and true freshman safety Chavez Pownell Jr. got some reps with the No. 2 defense.

Here is what first-year coach Craig Bohl said after Tuesday’s practice:


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UW football recruit visits

Here is a tentative list of football recruits that will visit Wyoming this weekend:

–ATH Jay MacIntyre, 5-11, 180, Louisville, Colo. (Monarch HS) — son of current Colorado football coach Mike McIntyre.

–DE Daniel Vega, 6-4, 260, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Xavier HS) — Illinois State offer.

–OT Cole Turner, 6-4, 285, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Xavier HS) — verbal commitment to Wyoming prior to Christmas.

–DE Connor Cain, 6-4, 250, Littleton, Colo. (Heritage HS) — Eastern Washington offer.

–DT Sidney Malauulu, 6-3, 280, Sierra Vista, Ariz. (Buena HS). According to his Twitter account he committed to UW during his visit.

–LB Alex Bush, 6-2, 220, La Habra, Calif. (La Habra HS). Committed to UW via Twitter Saturday night.

–OG Ryan Cummings, 6-6, 310, Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Valor Christian HS)

–DB Brian Hill , 6-1, 192, Belleville, Ill. (Belleville West HS)

–DE Joshua Stanton, 6-3, 230, Valencia, Calif. (Valencia HS). Committed to UW last fall.

Also of note: QB Aaron Young of ASA College in New York has signed his letter of intent and plans to be on campus and attending classes at UW early next week. … Two other UW signees are also on campus: OL Richard Bettencourt (6-3, 288) from Meridian High in Meridian, Idaho and TE Jacob Hollister (6-4, 230) from Arizona Western College in Yuma, Ariz. … Stanton is the younger brother of UW senior middle linebacker Jordan Stanton.