It was back to work Monday for the Wyoming football team as it held its first of 15 spring practices.
UW used both its indoor facility and War Memorial Stadium for its workout, which lasted a little more than two hours. Players will be in shorts and helmets for the first two practices. They won’t be in full pads until the third practice on Saturday.
Here are some highlights from the first practice. Media is allowed to stay for only the first 30 minutes.
A few points of observation from Day 1:
–UW did some walk-through work prior to the start of practice and the guys who got most of the reps with the No. 1 offense along the offensive line were sophomore Ryan Cummings (left tackle), junior Chase Roullier (left guard), sophomore Charlie Renfree (center), redshirt freshman Richard Bettencourt (right guard) and sophomore Taylor Knestis (right tackle). Another who got in some work on the left side was sophomore tackle Kurtis Stirneman.
–Senior Cameron Coffman always seemed to be the first guy when the quarterbacks did individual drills, and he also worked with the No. 1 offense the most of the other four guys. What that means this early in spring is debatable, but I still believe he is the guy to beat in terms of UW’s starting quarterback.
–The three linebackers that were running with the first team were junior Lucas Wacha in the middle, along with senior Malkaam Muhammad and junior Will Tutein along the outside.
–UW was double-repping during the walk-through portion of practice, but as far as the defensive backs went who played with the other projected starters, sophomore Ryon’e Winters, redshirt freshman C.J. Jennings and senior Tyran Finley saw the most time at cornerback. Sophomore Tim Kamana and redshirt freshman Chavez Pownell played the most at the two safety spots.
–As far as guys who look like they got bigger or stronger from winter conditioning, junior tight end Jacob Hollister looked much bigger. At 6-foot-4, Hollister is listed at 230 pounds. He looks closer to 240 and much thicker and stronger. Junior nose tackle Uso Olive said he is up to about 306 pounds with 15 percent body fat. He’s benched 515 pounds more than once and squatted 700 pounds during winter conditioning. He and senior defensive end Eddie Yarbrough both look stronger, leaner and more athletic.
–Not sure how this will translate on the field, but redshirt freshman defensive end Jonathan Kongbo is listed as 6-6, 250 pounds, and he can
really run. During a pursuit drill with the entire defense, Kongbo showed great speed sprinting down the field. Again, not sure how that will translate onto the field, but it appears UW does have an athlete there this season.
–Former UW cornerback Blair Burns is helping out the defensive backs this spring as a volunteer assistant. UW director of recruiting Gordie Haug said Burns has shown an interest in coaching, but isn’t sure if a graduate assistant spot will open up this fall at UW.
–Haug also said there are around 12 or 13 walk-ons with the team this spring, but none of them are listed on the roster as of yet. Haug said should help UW to double-rep this spring, but how long that lasts remains to be seen.
Here is second-year coach Craig Bohl after practice:
For more spring football coverage, including more on the move from running back to safety by junior D.J. May, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.