Laramie, Wyo. (Aug. 9, 2014) — The first week of fall football camp was completed by the Wyoming Cowboy Football team on Saturday.
Head coach Craig Bohl met with the media after the morning session.
“We had a half-padded practice this morning (Saturday), and today is our first day of double practices but the tempo of practice is not going to change dramatically even though we are practicing twice today,” said Bohl. “There are signs of progress, which sometimes when you’re in the midst of it you don’t recognize it, particularly as a position coach. But myself, as a head football coach, I’m pleased.
“The first game is coming right around the corner, and we need to make sure we’re improving each day in preparation for that.”
Bohl was asked if he and his staff had begun to see any players within any specific position groups start to separate themselves from the rest of the players.
“We are seeing some separation — quarterback being one of those positions,” said Bohl. “Tommy (Thornton) is doing some good things — not to say he is a solid No. 2, but right now he’s slotted there. I think Colby (Kirkegaard) is managing our offense well.
“I think our starting three linebackers are solid right now, and I think Blair Burns is doing some things well at the corner position. When asked to clarify which three linebackers he was talking about, Bohl confirmed that it was seniors Devyn Harris, Jordan Stanton and Mark Nzeocha. Senior Alex Borgs has also been battling with Stanton for playing time at middle linebacker, and sophomore Lucas Wacha is competing with Harris for playing time at the weak-side linebacker spot.
“The defensive line, even though we have ones and twos that work together, you’re going to see those guys play almost interchangeably during the course of a game. While there may be a separation between a Patrick Mertens and a Troy Boyland (at defensive tackle) they’re going to play close to the same number of plays in a game. I always equate defensive line to sumo wrestling. You expend so much energy, you have to have a couple guys at each position.”
“Right now I would say of all the position groups on the field the offensive line is the one that is the most unsettled. That of course doesn’t give me a sense of comfort as the head football coach, but we are where we’re at.”
–Provided by Wyoming Athletics Media Relations
Attached below is an updated roster with a listing of players who joined the program this fall on Page 1 of the roster. The only scholarship player listed among the Fall Camp additions on Page 1 of the attached roster is wide receiver Hunter Atyia. All the other additions are walk-on players.