Wacha working to put on the pounds

Wyoming redshirt freshman Lucas Wacha came out of spring drills as the starter at weakside linebacker.

All 6-foot-1, 210 pounds of him.

Four days into fall camp Wacha has put on some weight. … about two to four pounds.

Lucas Wacha

Lucas Wacha

It is not like Wacha isn’t trying to add weight. Linebackers coach Robin Ross said during UW’s media day on Friday that Wacha is required to be eating food every time he attends a team meeting or film session.

“Anything that has calories,” said Wacha when asked what he eats. “It ranges from fruit, to crackers, to chocolate. Anything having to do with weight.”

After a summer workout in July, Wacha came to do an interview eating out of a big jar of peanuts.

Many would be envious of anyone wanting to gain weight. Most of us — me included — could drop a few pounds.

But Wacha said struggling to gain weight when you are trying is equally as frustrating when someone is struggling to lose weight.

One of Wacha’s tricks to gain weight: Not use the bathroom before he weighs in during the morning.

Wacha’s weight gain has shown some good progress. He said at the start of spring drills back in March he was around 200 pounds.

UW junior quarterback Brett Smith is going through a similar situation. He has made a big effort to add weight, and it has worked as he is up to around 205 pounds, about 20 pounds bigger than he was as a freshman.

Smith eats a lot, too, and carries food wherever he goes. Wacha said he has not received any tips from Smith, but added he may ask.

Some other news and notes from UW media day:

–Coach Dave Christensen said junior strongside linebacker Mark Nzeocha is having a great camp, and could be one of the more athletic linebackers in the country this

Mark Nzeocha

Mark Nzeocha

season. Nzeocha broke up a long pass down field intended for speedy junior receiver Jalen Claiborne. On the play, Nzeocha ran stride-for-stride with Claiborne. Nzeocha is listed at 6-3, 230, but told me his is closer to 235 pounds.”

–Christensen on calling the offensive plays this season for the first time since beinh hired in 2009: “I will call the plays that score and (co-offensive coordinators) Pete Kaligis and Jim Harding will call the ones that don’t.”

–Christensen said UW is still looking for a punter, and asked the group of media and fans at media day that if anyone had any eligibility left to let him know. Junior Stuart Williams, the starting place-kicker, still seems to have the edge at this point in camp.

–UW practices in full pads for the first time Saturday morning, and the first scrimmage will be at 10 a.m. Sunday. Christensen said Friday morning that as of now the scrimmage will be around 50 plays, but that could change.

See Saturday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net for my story on yet another position change for junior Riley Lange.