Tutein making most of increased role

Wyoming sophomore free safety Will Tutein has had 12 tackles, including two tackles for loss, in his first two career starts, which was in the Nov. 1 game at Fresno State and last Saturday at home against Utah State.

Will Tutein

Will Tutein

Tutein is expected to start again when UW hosts Boise State on Nov. 22. Senior safety Jesse Sampson (knee) wasn’t listed on the two-deep roster this week. You know Tutein’s story by now, but here’s the column I wrote on Tutein on Sept. 11 about his journey to Wyoming and UW:

“Will’s doing a nice job not having spring football and showing up for us during fall camp,” defensive coordinator Steve Stanard said. “He’s learning day-by-day in terms of getting his eyes right, reading his keys and controlling his body in a football manner. You have to work at that, and he’s learning.”

Tutein said he’s played “pretty good” the last two games, and added the coaches are showing more trust in his abilities. Tutein also said he did more football-wide during summer workouts in Laramie than his entire time as a walk-on at Chadron State, which lasted about a year.

“Now, doing this for about 10 weeks it’s become second nature,” he said. “It’s school, football, sleep and repeat. I have not problem with it because the game is too amazing.”

Tutein also said there is more responsibility on him now as a starter, but doesn’t mind it. He still gets nervous before games, but added “once I get my first tackle everything comes natural.”

For more UW football coverage, including a story on how sophomore receiver Jake Maulhardt has emerged as a viable offensive threat, see Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.