Williams shines for UW special teams

The most positive aspect of Wyoming’s special teams from the spring was junior kicker Stuart Williams.

In three scrimmages and the spring game, Williams made all 25 of his extra-point attempts and was 20 of 21 on field goals, with a long of 41. Williams also did a lot of kicking during practices, and was accurate then, too.

Stuart Williams

Stuart Williams

His efforts earned him a scholarship starting this fall.

Williams worked hard in the offseason, and it showed. The ball is getting off his foot faster and higher. I think he is most comfortable from 40 yards and in, but he has the leg to make field goals of up to 50 yards.

The two field goals Williams missed were blocked.

What also made his spring effort impressive was that UW didn’t have a consistent long snapper. Often times the snaps were low and slow, which can mess up the timing on kicks. The Cowboys are relying on true freshman Brendan Turelli to come in this fall and handle those duties.

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Weighing in on MW All-Conference football

There were not a lot of surprises when the All-Mountain West first and second football teams came out Tuesday.

Here is the link to the complete list:

http://www.themwc.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/120412aaf.html

Congrats to Wyoming senior center Nick Carlson and senior defensive tackle Mike Purcell for making the first team. I voted for both on my first team. Of UW’s players, those two were the most deserving and had the best chance of making the first team.

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Video: Tim Gleeson

Wyoming true freshman punter Tim Gleeson is third in the Mountain West and 24th in the nation in punting. Not bad for someone that has been doing this for less than two years, and is in his first year of playing American football. The interview was done on Monday, Nov. 12.

For more on Gleeson, see Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang and go to www.wyosports.net

Also check out how the Wyoming men’s basketball program decided to take a chance on two players who never played high school basketball.

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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