UW post-spring depth chart

Here is the post-spring depth chart Wyoming released Monday morning heading into fall camp:

Defense

Cornerbacks

20            Blair Burns (5-10, 180, So., Plano, Texas)

4            DeAndre Jones (6-0, 180, So., Killeen, Texas)

 Free Safeties

29            Luke Ruff (5-11, 200, Sr., Castle Rock, Colo.)

24            Kenny Browder (5-11, 180, Sr., Round Rock, Texas)

Strong Safeties

21            Mark Nzeocha (6-3, 220, So., Neusitz, Germany)

7            Chad Reese (5-11, 180, So., Tyler, Texas)

Cornerbacks

2            Marqueston Huff (6-0, 195, Jr., Texarkana, Texas)

13            Darrenn White (6-0, 184, So., Kansas City, Mo.)

Nickel Backs

41            Andrew Meredith (6-0, 200, Jr., Green River, Wyo.)

3            Luke Anderson (5-10, 195, Sr., Southlake, Texas)

SAM Linebackers (Outside Linebackers)

8            Zack Berg (6-2, 226, RFr., Edmonds, Wash.)

23            Ghaali Muhammad (6-0, 221, Sr., St. Joseph, Mo.)

27            Todd Knight (6-2, 210, Jr., Aurora, Colo.)

9            Patrick Hartford (6-0, 222, Sr., Rock Springs, Wyo.)

MIKE Linebackers (Middle Linebackers)

35            Oliver Schober (6-0, 235, RSr., Munich, Germany)

43            Devyn Harris (6-3, 225, Jr., Fountain, Colo.)

44            J.J. Quinlan (6-1, 238, Jr., Everett, Wash.)

WILL Linebackers (Outside Linebackers)

5            Korey Jones (6-2, 233, Sr., Fort Collins, Colo.)

53            Alex Borgs (6-2, 231, So., Raesfeld, Germany)

Left Defensive Ends

15            Ben Durbin (6-3, 272, Sr., Gilbert, Iowa)

54            Miraldo Michel (6-3, 265, Sr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

31            Jeff Roueche (6-3, 234, Jr., Niwot, Colo.)

Left Defensive Tackles

50            Mike Purcell (6-3, 303, Sr., Highlands Ranch, Colo.)

58            B.J. Sumter (6-1, 305, Sr., Columbia, S.C.)

94            Max Gustafson (6-4, 226, Jr., Casper, Wyo.)

Right Defensive Tackles

98            Kurt Taufa’asau (6-2, 284, Sr., Pago Pago, American Samoa)

95            Patrick Mertens (6-5, 287, Jr., Sterling, Colo.)

Right Defensive Ends

12            Sonny Puletasi (6-3, 241, So., Lawton, Okla.)

55            Eddie Yarbrough (6-3, 253, RFr., Aurora, Colo.)

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UW spring game thoughts

Wyoming wrapped up spring drills Saturday with its spring game, and the Gold beat the White 20-7. This was more like a real game in terms of rules and scoring. There were four 12-minute quarters with a running clock in each quarter excpet for the final two minutes of the second and fourth quarters.

I thought the defense came out as the winner, although both teams consisted of a mix of starters and back-ups. The defenses on both teams forced three turnovers (two interceptions and one fumble) and allowed only 67 rushing yards (38 yards were lost on sacks of junior quarterback Colby Kirkegaard).

Kirkegaard quarterbacked both teams and took every snap. He was 28 of 47 for 324 yards including a 37-yard touchdown to sophomore receiver Dominic Rufran and a 33-yarder to sophomore Trey Norman. Kirkegaard missed on several long throws where receivers were open. One attempt was badly underthrown and intercepted by sophomore cornerback Darrenn White. Senior safety Kenny Browder returned a pick 34 yards and a touchdown on a play he read well, but that Kirkegaard shouldn’t have thrown.

Still, I think Kirkegaard improved enough in the spring to be a viable backup. But make no  mistake about it, this team needs to have sophomore starter Brett Smith back to his old form — and even better — in the fall.

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