Cowboys Make Strides in Becoming More Physical [VIDEO]
The Wyoming Cowboys completed their fourth practice of spring football Tuesday with a session in War Memorial Stadium.
The Pokes went through a 2.5 hour practice that head coach Craig Bohl called “a hard practice.”
Bohl spoke with media members afterwards and described what he saw in the first practice during week two of spring football. He discussed the QB battle; if injuries at wide receiver are impacting the QB battle and passing game; some young offensive lineman and the progress they’re making; the young corners that have been pressed into performing due to Tyler Hall’s move to the nickel position and more.
The young corners that Coach Bohl refers to are redshirt freshmen Keyon Blankenbaker and C.J. Coldon. He’s reference the play of those two before, knowing they’ll be counted on moving forward, and the coaching staff needs to see how they perform.
Bohl did say that sophomore receiver Jared Scott will miss the rest of spring after an injury to his hand. He joins juniors C.J. Johnson and John Okwoli who are already out this spring due to injury.
There were a few other injuries noted by Bohl, including a possible shoulder injury suffered by junior running back Kellen Overstreet, but he didn’t have any specific information on that injury or any others.
In a release from the University of Wyoming, it was pointed out that several Cowboys have made some significant gains in weight thanks to the new strength training program instituted by Director of Sports Performance Ben Iannacchione and Associate Director of Sport Performance Eric Donoval.
Here’s a look at the players showing the largest weight gains. These are in no particular order. They include nose tackle Justin Borton (up 19 pounds to 272 pounds), center Keegan Cryder (up 10 pounds to 283), defensive tackle Gavin Dunayski (up 25 pounds to 262), safety Esaias Gandy (up 10 pounds to 193), defensive end Carl Granderson(up to 261 pounds), defensive tackle Ravontae Holt (up 11 pounds to 258), defensive tackle Hunter Lee (up 21 pounds to 302), linebacker Cassh Maluia (up 13 pounds to 243), linebacker Ryan Mazzola (up 18 pounds to 238), wide receiver EC Ogu (up 10 pounds to 185), offensive guard Gavin Rush (up seven pounds to 305), fullback Garrett Shipman (up 24 pounds to 256), quarterback Tyler Vander Waal (up 10 pounds to 220) and running back Trey Woods (up six pounds to 216).
Wyoming returns for its fifth practice Thursday afternoon. They will also practice Saturday. Practices are closed to the public. Spring drills conclude April 21 with their annual Spring Game. That is open to anyone and starts at 2 p.m.