LARAMIE, Wyo. -
As the Wyoming Cowboy football team enters its final week of Spring Football this week, head coach Craig Bohl and his staff announced an updated depth chart on Tuesday as the Cowboys make their final push toward Saturday's Spring Game.
The defensive side of the ball saw some changes in the secondary. Redshirt freshman C.J. Jennings was moved to the No. 1 spot at field cornerback this week. He was listed No. 2 at boundary cornerback a week ago. Senior Tyran Finley switched positions on the depth chart with Jennings. Finley is now listed No. 2 at boundary cornerback after being listed No. 1 at field cornerback a week ago.
At free safety, redshirt freshman Christian Mickey moved into the No. 2 spot this week after not being on the depth chart a week ago.
At linebacker, Luis Bach moved into the No. 2 spot at strong-side linebacker. He was No. 3 at that spot a week ago. Also at linebacker, sophomore Waddie Love moved from the No. 2 spot at strong-side linebacker last week to the No. 3 spot at weak-side linebacker this week.
On the offensive side of the ball, there were no movements up or down the offensive depth chart from last week, however Monday evening after practice Bohl did say there was good competition at a number of spots including right tackle.
"(Taylor) Knestis is still No. 1 at right tackle, but he and (Kurtis) Stirneman are in a tight battle," said Bohl. "On offense, I think the rest of it stayed pretty much the same."
Bohl was also asked if there were additional things he saw after watching the tape of Saturday's scrimmage that maybe he was pleased with or disappointed by.
"As coaches you're always looking to improve in areas," said Bohl. "There were some runs that popped. We would expect to have some good runs by our running backs, but some of that had to do with our linebackers not being in the right spot and a couple times defensive linemen got dislodged. We're always striving for perfection, but I was a little bit disappointed that we didn't take as many steps forward from the first scrimmage to the second scrimmage at the linebacker spots.
"There are good things that Eric (Nzeocha) is doing (at middle linebacker) -- the finesse part of the game. He runs really well. He is in the 4.5 to 4.6 range (in the 40-yard dash). The things he is having to learn are all the intricate fits on power running plays, and that is a pretty complex part of learning to play linebacker.
"I think Lucas Wacha is coming around at the WILL (weak-side linebacker) position. We're looking for a SAM (strong-side linebacker). Tim Kamana is playing that spot right now, and D.J. May has taken some reps there but nothing in terms of full contact."
Bohl was asked about the limited playing time that senior defensive end Eddie Yarbrough has seen during spring drills and what impact that has on the defense's performance.
"It has a pretty big impact," said Bohl. "He's an impactful player, and everyone in the Mountain West knows it. We know what Eddie (Yarbrough) can do, and we're trying to develop depth there so we want to give our younger players additional reps. There are only so many reps you want to give an All-Mountain West player this time of year."
Bohl said Saturday's Spring Game would be a game-like format, but some of the details of the game would be determined later in the week.
The Cowboys have two more practices this week on Wednesday and Friday before the Spring Game kicks off at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
The Spring Game will be free and open to the media and the general public.
Remaining Spring Practice Schedule:
Wednesday, April 22 - 4 or 4:30 p.m. (Pads, Practice #13)
Friday, April 24 - 4 or 4:30 p.m. (No Pads, Practice #14)
Saturday, April 25 - 2 p.m. (Spring Game, Practice #15)