Wyoming’s defense has allowed 101 points in the first half, compared to 42 in the second.
Those poor starts (42 points allowed in the first quarter, 59 in the second quarter) are a result of a young defense, but also getting used to the speed of opposing offenses.
Simulating the speed of the other team’s offense is nearly impossible for any scout team, but UW is trying something this week to work on getting off to a better start defensively.
“We’re doing a period of practice early that is high-tempo to try to get them going,” second-year coach Craig Bohl said.
A few other practice notes:
— Bohl said junior middle linebacker Eric Nzeocha has the flu and watched Wednesday’s in street clothes. Bohl is hopeful to have Nzeocha back Thursday. Bohl said freshman linebacker Luis Bach also has been fighting the flu this week.
— Junior wide receiver Tanner Gentry participated in the early portion of practice the media is allowed to watch. Gentry has some bruised ribs suffered in last week’s game against New Mexico.
— The forecast in Boone, N.C. for Saturday’s game at Appalachian State calls for heavy rain as a tropical storm is set to hit land on the East Coast this weekend. The weather in UW’s first three games have been great. When asked about the chance of a lot of rain, Bohl said: “It makes it more challenging if you don’t have dry football’s. If they are dry, it should be fine. They have field-turf, so that shouldn’t be a issue unless there is standing water out there.”
— A scout from the San Diego Chargers was at Wednesday’s practice.
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