Laramie, Wyo. (Aug. 4, 2017) – The Wyoming Cowboys conducted their first full-padded practice of fall camp today. Along with a more physical practice, there were two periods of Friday’s practice where the score was kept between the offense and defense.
In a third down and long period, the defense pulled out a narrow 7-6 win over the offense. The Cowboy defenders prevented the offense from gaining a first down on seven possessions, while the offense converted six third-down plays into first downs.
Following that, a one-on-one tackling “Challenge” drill saw the defense win again by one point, 5 to 4. The most memorable matchup in the “Challenge” drill came when freshman offensive center Logan Harris from Torrington, Wyo., was matched up against freshman defensive tackle Javaree Jackson of Wauwatosa, Wis. Harris was given the ball to try and gain a first down, with Jackson’s challenge being to tackle Harris one-on-one before he gained the first down. The two were locked in a stalemate for a few seconds before Harris broke through, with both the offense and defense cheering on the two freshmen. Combining the scores from the two periods, the defense won 12-10 and earned the right to have ice cream bars on Friday evening.
Here are some other highlights from Friday’s practice, along with additional quotes from the head coach.
Friday’s Practice Notes
∙Several big plays in Friday’s practice were made by Wyoming natives. Former Sheridan Broncs Dontae Crow and Riley Sessions both factored into big plays. Crow, a redshirt freshman wide receiver, had multiple catches throughout the two-and-a-half hour practice. Sessions, a redshirt freshman free safety, intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown during the final team period of practice.
∙Gillette, Wyoming’s own Austin Fort continues to have a strong fall camp at tight end. The junior has emerged as a favorite target of Cowboy quarterback Josh Allen this past week. Fellow junior tight ends Josh Harshman, from Casper, Wyo., and Tyree Mayfield, from St. Joseph, Mo., were also both seen making catches downfield on Friday.
∙Freshman cornerback C.J. Coldon, from Belleville, Ill., made back-to-back big plays in the third-down competition between the defense and the offense. He intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown and then broke up a pass in the offense’s final third-down attempt to help give the defense the 7-6 win.
∙Senior strong-side linebacker/nickel back Jalen Ortiz was signaled out on multiple occasions by Cowboy coaches on Friday for his strong play. Ortiz transferred from UCLA prior to the 2015 season. After sitting out the 2015 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, Ortiz played in all 14 games for the Cowboys in 2016, primarily on special teams.
∙Two Cowboy seniors returned to practice on a limited basis Friday. Fullback Drew Van Maanen was allowed to begin running after suffering a hamstring strain earlier in the week. Nose tackle Sidney Malauulu was suited up again and participated on a limited basis as he works his way back from a back strain.
∙Sophomore defensive end Shiloh Windsor was in street clothes Friday. Bohl announced to media that Windsor was going through concussion protocol.