April 14, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Monday saw head coach Craig Bohl and his coaching staff release the first depth chart of 2014 Spring practice. The release came at the beginning of the fourth and final week of Spring drills for the Cowboys, but was described by Bohl as a "fluid depth chart" that would change as the Cowboy coaches continue to evaluate their student-athletes' performances in practice.
"I'm glad we have another week of practice ahead of us," said Bohl. "We won't be able to accomplish quite as much this week. The last Friday of Spring practice is a non-padded practice, and then we're playing our Spring Game on Saturday. But we've made good progress during the course of spring.
"We're not the finished product, but I thought Saturday's scrimmage looked more like football. There were more striking hits. We got our running game going. There were a couple big plays in the passing game, and it gave us an opportunity to start to separate some guys on the depth chart.
"We are going to have a fluid depth chart, but I think it is important for us to start to put some things in place. Some guys have separated themselves a little bit, however we are going to continue to evaluate throughout the end of Spring practice. Now that we have the lion's share of Spring practice under our belt, I believe we're starting to get a pulse on where our football team is."
Of course one of the first questions posed to Bohl was to ask for his and his staff's evaluation of the quarterback position following their review of Saturday's scrimmage tape.
"Colby (Kirkegaard) has separated himself slightly over the other guys," said Bohl. "His understanding of the offense and competency in executing the offense is a little bit better. It's a tie between Tom (Thornton) and Sam (Stratton) -- those guys are both making plays. Aaron (Young) is behind them right now.
"Colby has a little bit better command of the offense. His read progression and knowing where he is supposed to go with the football and then putting the ball where it needs to be is just a little bit ahead of the other quarterbacks. But we're going to continue to work with all the quarterbacks on improving their understanding and execution of the offense throughout this final week of practice."
While Thornton and Stratton were tied for the No. 2 spot at quarterback , there was one defensive position that had two players sharing the No. 1 spot. That position that has outstanding depth and experience is the middle linebacker position where seniors Jordan Stanton and Alex Borgs were listed as co-starters on the depth chart released Monday.
"This last scrimmage, we thought Alex (Borgs) played well, and merited us taking more of a look at him," said Bohl. "We felt he deserved to be recognized on the depth chart. It's always good to have depth. He had a good winter conditioning period. With the installation of our new (defensive) system it's taken him a little bit to become comfortable and understand the system, but he scrimmaged well and that is why he's listed alongside Jordan at the No. 1 spot."
Another defensive position that Bohl was asked to comment on was the nose tackle position where sophomore Chase Appleby was listed No. 1 on the team's depth chart.
"At both the nose tackle and defensive tackle positions, we're going to need to have a lot of guys ready to play," said Bohl. "What we do is evaluate each player on tape, and whoever we determine is the top player at each position is going to be listed at the top place on the depth chart. With that said, Uso (Olive) is a good player (Olive was listed No. 2 at nose tackle). Chase (Appleby) is a good player. We're going to need to play more than just one guy at that spot. After the scrimmage last Saturday, we determined that Chase had a better scrimmage than Uso, and when a player grades out better it is important to recognize that."
The Cowboys' head coach was also asked to comment on what else he saw after watching last Saturday's scrimmage on tape.
"A couple things stood out," said Bohl. "We were really pleased with some of the big plays that occurred on the offensive side of the ball. We've got some good skill level at the wide receiver position -- those guys can make some plays. The running backs are also pretty solid. We were pleased with the presence of our defensive line, particularly Pat Mertens, I noticed it during the scrimmage, and then that bore out when we watched the tape.
"I would summarize what I saw after watching the tape by saying we got better on Saturday. You don't know how you're going to be from the first scrimmage to the second one, but we got better and we're hoping that this Saturday's Spring Game will be another indication of getting better."
Bohl said that the Spring Game on Saturday, April 19 would be conducted like an actual game rather than just a scrimmage of offense versus defense. The roster will be split up into teams to give the players an opportunity to compete under game-like conditions.
The Spring Game is scheduled to kick off at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 19 from Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium, and will be open to media and the general public.
2014 University of Wyoming Football Spring Practice Schedule
Wednesday, March 26 - 8:15 a.m. (No Pads, Practice #1)
Friday, March 28 - 8:15 a.m. (No Pads, Practice #2)
Saturday, March 29 - 10 a.m. (First Padded Practice/Non-Tackle, Practice #3)
Monday, March 31 - 8:15 a.m. (Pads, Practice #4)
Wednesday, April 2 - 8:15 a.m. (Pads, Practice #5)
Friday, April 4 - 8:15 a.m. (Pads, Practice #6)
Saturday, April 5 - 11 a.m. (Scrimmage #1, Practice #7)
Monday, April 7 - 8:15 a.m. (Pads, Practice #8)
Wednesday, April 9 - 8:15 a.m. (Pads, Practice #9)
Friday, April 11 - 8:15 a.m. (Pads, Practice #10)
Saturday, April 12 - Time is TBA (Scrimmage #2, Practice #11)
Monday, April 14 - 8:15 a.m. (Pads, Practice #12)
Wednesday, April 16 - 8:15 a.m. (Pads, Practice #13)
Friday, March 18 - 8:15 a.m. (No Pads, Practice #14)
Saturday, April 19 - 2 p.m. (Spring Game, Practice #15) Open to the Public