Pokes enter spring thin along O-line

Wyoming will not have a lot of numbers along the offensive line when spring drills begin Saturday, especially at tackle.

Redshirt freshman Justin DiRe’s career is over due to a medical condition, although he is still in school and involved in the program. Even though he was redshirted last season DiRe was listed as a backup most weeks.

Redshirt freshman Daniel Fleischman is out with an injury suffered in winter workouts and it’s uncertain if he will be ready for the start of fall camp in August.

UW does not release specific injuries to players.

DiRe and Fleischman were expected to compete for playing time and possibly starting spots this season.

Senior guard Travis Hillen also will miss spring with an injury, and missed most of last season with an Achilles injury. The Cowboys have six offensive linemen on scholarship this spring with game experience, and eight total on scholarship from last season.

“We don’t have enough numbers on the offensive line to get as many quality reps for all the defensive linemen that we have,” coach Dave Christensen said. “We’ll manage. We’ll probably do more seven-on-seven work because we’re deeper at the skill positions.

“We’re four-deep (on the defensive line) and about two-deep on the offensive line.”

Other players that will miss all of spring drills or be limited include: sophomore defensive end Mark Willis, senior linebacker Oliver Schober and junior defensive end Miraldo Michel.