I had to call into Wyoming football coach Craig Bohl’s weekly news conference Monday because I have to catch a flight to Las Vegas for Mountain West men’s basketball media day activities that start Tuesday and run through Wednesday. Look for more on that as the week goes on.
Here are a few notes and highlights from Bohl’s news conference:
— Junior linebacker Lucas Wacha, senior defensive end Siaosi Hala’api’api and sophomore cornerback Robert Priester — all starters — continue to be evaluated for concussions suffered in the 31-17 loss at Air Force last Saturday. Bohl said Hala’api’api and Priester are further along than Wacha. All three were listed as starters on UW’s depth chart, but that doesn’t mean any of them will play Saturday at home against Nevada.
— UW is getting dangerously thin at linebacker. Along with Wacha in the middle, junior Devin McKenna injured a knee during the team’s walk-through practice Friday. The only guy left there is junior Eric Nzeocha. Junior weak-side linebacker Will Tutein injured an ankle early against Air Force and didn’t return. His status is unknown. The Cowboys may have only five linebackers available for the Nevada game: Nzeocha, junior D.J. May, true freshmen Christian Irving and Luis Bach and sophomore Tim Kamana.
— True freshman Davion Freeman will get a look as a backup at the field cornerback position this week behind true freshman starter Antonio Hull. Bohl said Monday that senior cornerback Tyran Finley has been suspended and didn’t offer a time frame for when, or if, he will return. Finley didn’t play at Air Force, and a source told me he was driven back to Laramie once the team made the trip to Air Force.
— A quick scouting report on Nevada, who UW plays Saturday for homecoming: Bohl and defensive coordinator Steve Stanard both said junior quarterback Tyler Stewart is a definite dual-threat guy, and one who can make all the throws. The Wolf Pack have two running backs — sophomore James Butler and senior Don Jackson — who have 571 and 569 yards rushing, respectively. Defensively, Nevada runs a 4-3 scheme and, as Bohl said: “Don’t make a lot of mistakes and make you earn everything you get.”
— Senior running back Shaun Wick and sophomore offensive tackle Taylor Knestis continue to have concussion-like symptoms. Wick has missed the last two games. Knestis has missed the last four games.
— Bohl said the the first of two interceptions by redshirt senior quarterback Cameron Coffman against Air Force was a poor decision on Coffman’s part. The second was a poor throw that was high for senior running back Brian Hill.
— Bohl is encouraged by the progress true freshman walk-on kicker Tristan Bailey has made. Bailey made this first-career field goal — a 41-yarder — at Air Force. Bailey had been 0 of 4 prior to that.
— Bohl said UW’s defense played as aggressively and as disciplined in the first half at Air Force than at any point this season. Injuries derailed that in the second half, but Stanard continues to be encouraged by some of the progress this unit has made: “They practice like a team that’s 6-0, not 0-6. As long as you have that going for you and you’re making improvements, you’re going in the right direction.”
See Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang and log on to wyosports.net for more on UW football. And, check out all three for news from MW men’s basketball media day later this week.