Wednesday marked the one-quarter mark of fall camp for the University of Wyoming football team. However, a lot of work needs to be done before the Cowboys open the season Aug. 31 at home against Missouri.
Wednesday also was the first practice in full pads, which is a time when coaches get the best chances to evaluate all players in action.
While nothing is set in stone, a few names among new and younger players are starting to emerge in terms of who fans could be seeing in games this season.
Defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Jake Dickert said Wednesday redshirt freshman Charles Hicks has made a lot of progress from the spring, and is in the mix to be in the linebacker rotation this season. Hicks is a middle linebacker, and UW is set there with senior starter Logan Wilson of Casper. Senior Ben Wisdorf of Cheyenne and sophomore Chad Muma get reps in practice at both the middle and outside linebacker spots (also known as the WILL).
If UW was to play a game right now, Wilson and senior Cassh Maluia would be the starters in the middle and at WILL, respectively. Muma is probably the No. 3 linebacker and top backup at both spots, followed by Wisdorf and with Hicks making big strides. Dickert also said true freshman Easton Gibbs is doing some good things early in camp at WILL.
Dickert also said at nickel, UW’s hybrid outside linebacker/defensive back position, that true freshman Allen Smith is getting a strong look behind sophomore Keyon Blankenbaker.
UW fullbacks/tight ends coach Shannon Moore said the top three fullbacks at this point in camp — in no particular order — are junior Skyler Miller of Torrington, senior Jaylon Watson and junior Jeff Burroughs of Yoder.
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