German product Oliver Schober turned heads early on when he came to Wyoming a year ago. Now, one of the players he helped bring over to join him may be the surprise of the spring.
Mark Nzeocha, a 21-year-old freshman who arrived in Laramie in January, opened camp as a No. 3 safety on the depth chart, but worked with the top corps of linebackers in Saturday's scrimmage.
"He certainly has established himself as a starting outside linebacker," UW coach Dave Christensen told me after today's spring practice.
Read more about Nzeocha and the growing number of German products in Wednesday's Star-Tribune.
-- In tomorrow's Star-Tribune, I'll have a story on running back Brandon Miller, who shouldered some of the load in the scrimmage on Saturday after earning a scholarship in the offseason.
-- Christensen offered up his opinion of that scrimmage for the first time after seeing film: "I thought the quarterbacks managed the offense well, protected the football. Defensively, we got some pressure at times, which was good. I thought our first defense played well the first three or four series. We gave up a couple big plays, have got to eliminate that. Too many penalties."
Christensen didn't single out too many players, but the one he talked about most was Sam Stratton, the quarterback-turned-wide receiver who caught seven balls.
-- Christensen said that the Pokes could play 20 players that might contribute on defense next year.
-- He also said a couple guys got banged up in the scrimmage, but nothing major.
-- The defense won another close scrimmage.