Logan Wilson’s answer was quick, concise and just one word.
The University of Wyoming junior and Casper product was asked if he thought he would be a 250-pound middle linebacker after he signed with the Cowboys in 2015 as a defensive back.
Wilson added about 10 pounds of muscle since last season, one where he was a second team All-Mountain West selection in his first season playing middle linebacker. He led UW with 119 tackles, including 79 solo stops.
Wilson played weak-side outside linebacker (WILL) in 2016 as a redshirt freshman and was named MW Freshman of the Year.
“In the offseason, I worked my butt off to make sure if I was going to put on weight, I wasn’t going to put on a bunch of fat,” Wilson said. “I wanted to put on muscle, but make sure I could still move. The strength coaches have said I am still moving well.”
It is one thing to add weight, but it is another to maintain it, especially during the rigors of fall camp. Wilson said that hasn’t been a problem because of the training table in UW’s new $44 million High Altitude Performance Center.
“There is so much food you can pick from, and there is a lot of healthy stuff,” he said. “I’ve maintained my weight this whole camp.”
Wilson has recorded 213 tackles, 15½ tackles for loss, recovered four fumbles, forced three fumbles and has four interceptions in his UW career. He made what looked like a seamless transition from outside to middle linebacker last year, but there were a lot of things he needed to improve.
After the 2017 season, second-year defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Scottie Hazelton sat down with returning players to go over what they needed to do better.
Wilson was no exception.
“He is lower when he sets up on his drops so he can get cleaner breaks,” Hazelton said. “We’ve worked a lot more on his blitzing techniques during camp, which we didn’t do a lot of last year because he was learning other things about the position.”
Hazelton also said the added weight has allowed Wilson to have better impact on tackles. Both Hazelton and fifth-year UW coach Craig Bohl don’t want to see Wilson get too big because one of his strengths is his ability to run.
Another year of playing middle linebacker also should help Wilson in his evolution of playing that spot. He has switched positions every year he has been at UW — until this season.
UW completed its 16th practice of fall camp Tuesday, and has four more before it gets into game-week mode for its opener.
“I think we’re pretty leg-weary right now, and that comes with the territory,” Bohl said. “But we need to get a bounce in our step.”