Cowboys begin final week of fall camp

Wyoming first practice of the final week of fall camp was Monday morning in War Memorial Stadium. The Cowboys will practice twice Monday, with the second one at 3:50 p.m.

Monday is the 14th straight day UW has practiced since the start of fall camp, and Monday afternoon’s work out will be its 20th.

Shaun Wick

Shaun Wick

The Cowboys had their full collection of running backs. Senior Shaun Wick (concussion), sophomore Josh Tapscott (illness) and redshirt freshman Nico Evans (hamstring) all practiced, as did sophomore Brian Hill, who didn’t play in last Saturday’s scrimmage due to a tight hamstring.

Here are some highlights from the early portions of practice.


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Notes, quotes and video from UW’s first scrimmage of fall camp

Normally after Wyoming games I like to post some of my thoughts. Well, it’s kind of hard to post any thoughts from the Cowboys’ 41-play scrimmage Saturday since it was closed to the public and media.

So, I will let second-year coach Craig Bohl tell you what he saw:


No official stats were kept, but I can report that redshirt senior starting quarterback Cameron Coffman was 6 of 9 for 76 yards, and sophomore backup Josh Allen was 5 of 6 for 52 yards and two touchdowns. Allen threw a 20-yard touchdown to redshirt freshman tight end Tyree Mayfield, and a 6-yarder to true freshman tight end Josh Harshman of Casper.

Tyree Mayfield

Tyree Mayfield

Coffman hit Mayfield for a 23-yard pass that set up a 3-yard touchdown run by true freshman running back Kellen Overstreet, who finished with 10 carries for 46 yards.

Mayfield also blocked a punt, and he said he expects to not only play a lot this season at tight end but also on several of UW’s special teams.

Here’s what offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Brent Vigen said after the scrimmage: “Cam continues to be steady,and also is making plays. He handled himself well. Josh continues to progress. We’re excited to get Cam in a game.”

Vigen also said Coffman remains the starter by a wide margin, followed by Allen and redshirt freshman Nick Smith.

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Scary incident provides valuable lesson for Cummings

Ryan Cummings learned some valuable lessons earlier this summer.

The Wyoming sophomore offensive lineman was driving from his home in the Denver area back to Laramie. He was on U.S. Highway 287 when a powerful rain storm hit.

Ryan Cummings

Ryan Cummings

“I couldn’t see out my windshield,” Cummings said. “I’m driving down this hill and my truck started going sideways out of no where. I went onto the opposite side of the road facing the other direction. I missed a semi-truck by about 20 yards and then ended up in a ditch. It wasn’t dry enough where my truck could roll.”

Cummings wasn’t wearing a seat belt, and the air bags didn’t go off. Cummings broke his nose and split his lip all the way to his nose that required stitches.

I’m lucky to be here.”

“I’m lucky to be here and thankful I’m here. I praise God that he was looking over me,” Cummings said.

U.S. 287 harbors some painful memories for UW athletics. On Sept. 6, 2010 then UW true freshman linebacker Ruben Narcisse died in an automobile accident on that highway. That accident involved three other UW football players who survived.

Of course, there was the eight members of the UW track and cross-country team that died on that highway on Sept. 16, 2001 due to an accident with a drunk driver.

There have been plenty of other stories I’ve been told from UW athletics officials who have had close calls on that stretch of road.

“It’s a caution for me to always wear your seat belt, always take it easy in bad road conditions and be smart wherever I go,” Cummings said.

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Some final UW spring football notes, quotes and video

Some observations and quotes from Wyoming’s spring football game Saturday in Laramie.

–The hit of the game came in the first half when redshirt freshman free safety Chavez Pownell Jr. drilled junior wide receiver Tanner Gentry over the middle. Pownell was penalized for targeting, which could lead to an ejection in a real game. As a learning lesson, UW coach Craig Bohl had Pownell sit the rest of the game.

Tanner Gentry

Tanner Gentry

“I looked up for the ball and he made a really good hit,” Gentry said. “He put his helmet right in my chest. It didn’t feel too good, but he made a good play on the ball and it was a good hit. There was nothing dirty about it.”

Gentry was shaken up on the play, but he came back and played the second half. He led the Gold team with five catches for 62 yards.

Added Pownell: “The quarterback was looking down Tanner, I knew the post was coming so I ended up breaking on the play and it was just football after that. We did all this hard work during the spring and winter conditioning so I just wanted to play.”

–Gentry was one of only three wide receivers who caught passes in the spring game for either team. Junior Jake Maulhardt sat out with a sprained shoulder. “I feel like we have a lot of work to do, for sure,” Gentry said. “We definitely have to get better. I feel like we progressed pretty well this spring. We have to have a great summer.”

UW has four true freshmen receivers that join the team this summer.

Here is Bohl talking with the media after the spring game.


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3 things to watch for UW’s first spring scrimmage Saturday

Wyoming first scrimmage of spring drills is at 11 a.m. Saturday. Unfortunately, it is closed to the public and media so getting a good perspective from it will be based off the statistics afterwards,and what the coaches and players say.

But when those stats come out, here are three things you should look for.

Cameron Coffman

Cameron Coffman

1. Quarterback reps: Earlier this week offensive coordinator Brent Vigen said senior Cameron Coffman is the front-runner to be the starter. Not a surprise there. Not only will it be interesting to see his stats, but how many reps/throws will the other four quarterbacks get? One would think the best of the other four quarterbacks will remain in the mix to compete with Coffman and solidifying their names on the depth chart moving forward. But if we see most quarterbacks get, for instance, 20 throws and one or two get five, one would assume they lower down in the pecking order right now.

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Cowboys share some of the Easter favorites

With the Easter weekend upon us, we all know the religious importance it holds for many.

But to have some fun, I asked some of the Wyoming football players and coaches what their favorite Easter candy is — and there is a lot to choose from.

Here are some of the responses:

Head coach Craig Bohl: Marshmallow Peeps

LB Lucas Wacha: Dove chocolate with caramel inside

RB Brian Hill: Resse’s Peanut Butter Cups/Eggs

DE coach AJ Cooper: Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs

QB Cameron Coffman: Resse’s Pieces

RB Shaun Wick: Cadbury Eggs

LB Devin McKenna: Dark Hershey’s chocolate

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UW fall camp – Day 17

Special teams took center stage during Wyoming’s 21st practice and 17th day of fall camp Wednesday morning in cool and breezy conditions at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.

UW worked on things such as field-goal return, punting out of the end zone and kickoffs during the portion of practice the media was allowed to watch. First-year coach Craig Bohl also said the team worked on other special situations like when to take a safety and onside kicks.

One might ask about field-goal return? Remember the Alabama-Auburn game last year where Auburn returned a missed field goal for a touchdown to win the game?

Here is what Bohl said after Wednesday’s practice:


Bohl during one of North Dakota State’s three consecutive FCS national title games, Sam Houston State had a returner back in case of a missed field goal.

Blair Burns

Blair Burns

Senior cornerback Blair Burns was the return man for UW during that period. During the punt drill, where the Cowboys punted out of their own end zone, senior receiver Jalen Claiborne was the return man.

Speaking of punting, Bohl said sophomore punter Ethan Wood will return to Laramie Wednesday night. Wood’s parents were killed in a plane crash on Aug. 9, and the funeral was last Friday.

At the end of practice, Bohl said the team had some fun and had a few of the offensive and defensive linemen try to field onside kicks. Sophomore nose tackle Chase Appleby, the media was told, showed some good hands.

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A look at position battles for UW heading into fall camp

Fall camp begins Monday for Wyoming football, and a lot needs to be figured out prior to the season-opener Aug. 30 against Montana.

But in terms of position battles, things likely will be relatively quiet.

UW’s depth chart prior to fall camp lists three positions that are “or” in terms of the starter. But no matter who the starter is, let’s make one thing clear: both guys at those positions will play — and need to play. All three are on defense, which is dangerously thin in terms od depth to begin with.

With that said, here is a breakdown of those three spots and who will likely end up as the starter.

Middle linebacker

Candidates: Jordan Stanton, Sr., 6-0, 246; Alex Borgs, Sr., 6-2, 229.

Jordan Stanton

Jordan Stanton

Who will start: Stanton, because he led the team in tackles last season — his first at UW after transferring from junior college — with 134. He also was tied for second with 10 tackles for loss and led the team with two interceptions. He simply is productive, which is what you want from your middle linebacker. Borgs has six career tackles in three seasons. However, he has a want-to that many coaches would like to see from all their players. Borgs is from Germany and has had to deal with numerous defensive schemes and changes over his career. If he picks up where he left off from spring drills, he will be a good backup behind Stanton and can give UW some quality snaps. It is vital that Borgs can, even in a backup role, so Stanton is not on the field so much.

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Thoughts of UW football depth chart entering fall camp

Wyoming released its football depth chart prior to the start of fall camp, which begins Monday.

There wasn’t much change from this depth chart compared to the one that was released in April after spring drills.

Dominic Rufran

Dominic Rufran

Senior receiver Dominic Rufran was listed in the most updated depth chart as the starter at one of the two receiver spots. Rufran missed spring drills recovering from a broken foot suffered during winter workouts, and was not listed on the depth chart coming out of spring. But as the team’s leading returning receiver, and with a chance to be among the top five all-time at UW in catches, receiving yards and touchdowns with a solid season in 2014, it is no surprise Rufran is a starter.

There is only one fullback listed in redshirt freshman Drew Van Maanen. Sophomore Brandon Lukenbill, a walk-on, did not return after school ended in May. First-year coach Craig Bohl said some true freshmen walk-ons will get looks at full back in fall camp.

Speaking of true freshmen, none of those guys that came in this summer are listed on the latest depth chart. How many will make it into the two-deep by the time UW hosts Montana Aug. 30  will be interesting.

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UW football recruiting visits this weekend

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

RB Alex Gardner, 5-10, 185, Jacksonville, Fla. (Raines HS) — Three-star rating out of five by 247sports.com and Scout.com. … Offers from UW, Florida Atlantic (visiting next week), Middle Tennessee (visited last week) State, Troy UAB and several FCS schools. 1,006 rushing yards as a senior and 949 as a junior with 18 touchdowns over those two years. … Listed as an all-purpose back who caught 359 yards in passes, and also returns punts and kickoffs.

RB Nico Evans, 5-7, 177, Los Angeles (Loyola HS): 724 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns last season, and 1,283 over the last two seasons. … Listed to run a 4.69 40. … A two-start rating by Rivals.com. … Has an offer from Penn of the Ivy League. … MW schools such as Boise State, Fresno State, San Diego State and San Jose State have shown some interest but made no offers.

CB Lee Crosby, 6-0, 190, Snow College (Utah) — Has 17 offers, including UW, from FBS and FCS schools. Some of his FBS offers are from Idaho, New Mexico, Southern Miss, Toledo and Texas State. Has 4.4-second speed in the 40.

QB Austin Fort, 6-4, 210, Gillette (Campbell County HS) — Verbally committed to UW

DE John Jackson Jr., 6-4, 265, Tucson, Ariz. (Canyon Del Oro HS)

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