(Laramie, Wyoming) – The first full-padded practice of 2017 spring drills was conducted by the Wyoming Cowboy football team on Saturday under near perfect conditions in War Memorial Stadium. After the practice Wyoming head football coach Craig Bohl met with media to discuss Saturday’s practice and the completion of the first of five weeks of spring practices.
“We didn’t have any live scrimmaging or live tackling today,” said Bohl. “I think it was just important to get our guys in the fold and get them used to carrying the pads.
“I’m pleased with the progress of our football team. I think the strength staff has really done a good job. I think our players came back and entered spring ball in good condition. Seeing some of the younger players coming around well is encouraging.
“I’m a little bit displeased with the number of balls on the ground between the center and quarterback exchange — that needs to get cleaned up. And then I think defensively on the back end we’re still giving up some deep balls and we need to improve on that.”
Bohl was asked about the development of the receiving corps this spring and whether he was looking for two or three key individuals to emerge to resemble the Cowboys’ passing game of a year ago, or whether he was looking for a broader balance from a number of different receivers in 2017.
“Josh (Allen) is getting more of a rhythm with some of our younger receivers,” said Bohl. “I know John Okwoli, James Price, C.J. (Johnson) and Austin Conway all have good ability, so we’re pleased about that.
“One thing that really changed last season offensively was we became pretty much a 50/50 football team (between rushing and passing), and that’s really difficult to defend. I think Josh (Allen) has stayed on pace. His reads have gotten a little bit better, and I think our offensive line have done a nice job. But we need to make plays at the wide receiver position. Last year, Josh made a lot of big plays, but our receivers made a lot of plays, as well. We feel the future looks really bright with these guys, but most of them are somewhat unproven.”
Bohl did update media on the status of junior strong safety Anthony Makransky, saying that Makransky’s injury suffered last Thursday was confirmed as an achilles tendon tear and that he would likely have surgery sometime next week.
Spring practice resumes next Tuesday. There will be three practices during the second week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.