Wyoming Football’s second day of spring practice concluded on Thursday. The days efforts saw progress being shown at wide receiver, linebacker and running back.
“Day two — we made some progress today,” said head coach Craig Bohl.
“Some of the positive things I saw out there today were Austin Conway continues to make progress as a wide receiver. We saw some other receivers make plays out there today. It is a good group of players (the receivers). They’re just inexperienced
“Also pleased at the running back position. Kellen Overstreet is showing signs that he is getting that movement back, and Nico Evans I think has picked up a step or two.”
Graduation of seniors hit the defense hard in the areas of linebacker, but Bohl did see some progess on day two of spring tranning.
“We’re seeing some progress with Cassh (Maluia) moving to WILL linebacker,” said Bohl. “At SAM linebacker right now we have a mix of guys. Jalen Ortiz was not able to practice on Tuesday due to a class conflict, but it was good to see him out there today. We’re a little bit unsettled there right now. We’re going to have to continue to take a look at different guys there. Drew Harvey is taking some reps. We’ll see how some of the other guys progress. I feel a lot better quite frankly where Logan is at in the middle and where Cassh is at than we do the SAM backer.”
Coach Bohl feels the position of middle linebacker (MIKE) is critical in the Cowboys’ defensive scheme, and he offered some insight on how important he feels that the shift of Logan Wilson to that position is.
“It is a critical position,” said Bohl. “Beyond the physical play and the attributes we expect from our MIKE linebackers, he really has to take command of moving the defense and making the check calls. It takes somebody who has experience and authoritative command out there. That initially is not Logan’s (Wilson) natural personality. But we have seen Logan come out of his shell a little bit. My son, (Aaron) is a graduate assistant here, and he was talking to Logan about making that same move from WILL to MIKE linebacker after his first year of college. It’s a fairly common move, and I think we’ve got a real keeper there in Logan.”
But day two practice wasn’t all positive, unfortunatley, as Anthony Makransky may have sustained a potential season-ending injury.
“We are, however, disappointed in that Anthony Makransky may be done for the year. The indication initially is that he may have a torn achilles tendon, which is a pretty significant injury. We’ll find out a little bit more tomorrow.” said Bohl.
Makransky played backup at strong safety in Wyoming’s 29916 Poinsettia Bowl appearance, when Marcus Epps went out of the game with a concussion.
The Cowboys will transition into full pads for the first time for Saturday’s practice.