Coach Dave Christensen was reprimanded by the Mountain West and sophomore starting quarterback Brett Smith is day-to-day.
Those were the biggest things that came out out Monday’s weekly interview session with players and coaches.
The reprimand by the MW wasn’t a surprise, and everyone at UW — Christensen included — had to have seen it coming. Christensen apologized for his reaction toward Air Force coach Troy Calhoun after the Cowboys 28-27 loss last Saturday through a news release Sunday night from UW. He apologized again Monday. See Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, or go to www.wyosports.net for what he had to say.
Then there’s Smith, who suffered his second concussion in UW’s 35-28 overtime loss at Nevada on Oct. 6. He suffered the concussion in the fourth quarter on the drive where Smith ran for an 8-yard touchdown that gave UW a 28-21 lead. The concussion occurred two plays prior to the scoring run after Smith ran the ball and the back of his head hit the ground hard.
Christensen was optimistic Smith will play at Fresno State this week — as was Smith. Christensen also said Monday was the only day he will talk about this — and other injuries. So it likely will be a wait-and-see thing with Smith, but if he’s cleared to play, he will play.
A few other news and notes:
–Christensen mentioned seven players that are day-to-day on the injury report, including three starters on the defensive line (DTs Mike Purcell and Kurt Taufa’asau and DE Miraldo Michel). I wouldn’t be surprised if all or most of those guys play this week. I talked to Purcell and he indicated to me he will be fine. See Tuesday’s paper or the website for Christensen’s take on day-to-day at this point of the season, which is the midway point for UW.
–Senior safety Luke Anderson said a problem UW had in pass defense against Air Force was communication. He said the team doesn’t work much with crowd noise in practice for home games, and that a missed signal to junior cornerback Marqueston Huff led to an Air Force touchdown in the first half — one of its two long scoring passes of the half. Anderson said the team will work more on hand signals this week to clear the issue up. I found it odd that would be an issue at this point of the season. Defensive coordinator Chris Tormey said not having senior and co-captain Luke Ruff in there last week due to an injury also hurt the communication.
–UW also looks to be shaking things up again at safety, depending on who plays. Anderson and senior Luke Ruff are day-to-day with injuries. Sophomore Darrenn White is the starter at free safety. Listed as a cornerback, White started the last two games at strong safety. Ruff or Anderson or sophomore Chad Reese all possible starters at strong safety.
–Junior Brandon Miller is going back to receiver. He’s listed with junior Robert Herron as a possible starter at one of the four receiver spots this week. Miller started at WR last week. Injuries at receiver and production by a pair of true freshmen running backs in D.J. May and Shaun Wick led to the move. Look for Miller to stay at receiver the rest of the season. Miller came to UW as a receiver, but has switched back and forth his entire career.