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Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl calls out to a referee during Saturday's scrimmage at Cheney Alumni Field in Casper.

LARAMIE — With Wyoming’s spring game less than two weeks away, the Cowboys are just trying to make sure they have enough healthy bodies to have a competitive one.

Injuries continue to pile up for Wyoming, which returned to War Memorial Field on Tuesday for its 10th spring practice following Saturday’s scrimmage in Casper. The latest additions to the laundry list of injuries are cornerback Tyler Hall, nose tackle Javaree Jackson and center Patrick Arnold, who adds to the offensive linemen on the mend as the team awaits MRI results on his knee.

“We’ll find out, but he may be gone for the rest of the spring,” Wyoming coach Craig Bohl said. “It’s an opportunity for some other guys to get in there, but to play a spring game, we’re going to be kind of going to the wire here making sure we’ve got enough guys.”

Hall is going through concussion protocol while Jackson is dealing with a nerve issue in his neck and shoulder area, Bohl said. Redshirt freshman offensive tackle Frank Crum returned Tuesday from an injury that had kept him out of full activity all spring, but guard Zach Watts, who sustained a dislocated kneecap last week, will be out indefinitely. The Cowboys have already suffered one season-ending injury for the fall in guard Gavin Rush while offensive tackle Alonzo Velazquez and defensive ends Garrett Crall and Josiah Hall are out all spring.

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Receiver Austin Conway and defensive back Keyon Blankenbaker continue to nurse hamstring injuries, and linebacker Cassh Maluia will be limited all spring after having Tommy John surgery after last season. Tight end Jackson Marcotte is still out after sustaining a knee injury last week.

The running back depth was already so thin after Jevon Bigelow’s decision to leave the team recently that Xazavian Valladay, the lone scholarship running back who’s still healthy, was held out of Saturday’s scrimmage in order to prevent the possibility of an injury.

Despite the hits, Bohl said he still feels like he and his staff are able to properly evaluate the players on the field by splitting reps among them.

“Our injury report is probably as long as what I can ever remember it, but we’re going to continue to make do with what we have,” he said.

QB decision still looming?

Bohl said when Wyoming started practice a few weeks ago that he’d likely name a starter at quarterback coming out of the spring, but neither Sean Chambers nor Tyler Vander Waal has done much to separate himself in the competition, something that was confirmed for Bohl after he watched the tape from Saturday’s scrimmage.

“I thought they were inconsistent,” Bohl said. “Sean was particularly inconsistent throwing the football. Tyler had done fairly well throwing the football then had one really poor decision (on an interception). We’ll continue to work on that.”

But Bohl said he still doesn’t necessarily plan on dragging the decision out.

“That’s typically what we’ve done,” Bohl said of naming a starter after spring practice. “We’ll see when the whole thing is completed.”

Covering it all

When it comes to the competition among Braden Smith, Cameron Murray and Rome Weber at free safety, defensive coordinator Jake Dickert said there’s one thing he’s still looking for in particular.

“I still want to see that free safety that can go out in that man (coverage) scenario and win consistently,” Dickert said. “We’ve been too hit and miss at that.”

Bohl and Dickert both praised the group’s tackling in Saturday’s scrimmage and throughout the spring. Dicket said Smith, a converted cornerback, is probably ahead in his ability to stick with receivers in man coverage, but that doesn’t mean there’s a leader in the competition to replace Marcus Epps at that spot, he said.

“We need to get another scrimmage under our belt, and then we’ll see kind of see who the leader in the clubhouse is at that point,” Dickert said.

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