Sean Chambers wasn’t named the starting quarterback for the University of Wyoming after its spring game Saturday, but it appears that is a mere formality.
Chambers was 9 of 16 for 139 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver C.J. Johnson, as the White squad defeated the Brown 14-9 at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.
Sixth-year coach Craig Bohl will release a post-spring depth chart in the coming days. He didn’t say Chambers would be the starter heading into fall camp after the game, but he came close.
“Sean went into this spring game No. 1, and I thought he played pretty well,” he said. “You can read into that any way you want, but that’s how I see it.”
Chambers also had a 28-yard pass to Johnson, and a 29-yarder to junior Ayden Eberhardt, although most of that 29 yards was Eberhardt getting yards after the catch.
In less than four full games last season, Chambers attempted only 25 passes, and most of those came via play-action. UW did more down-field throwing Saturday, and throughout spring.
“I was pretty pleased out there," Chambers said. We did a good job of protecting the football and moving the football I think I did everything in my power (to be the starter).
“There still are a lot of things to work on. We’re not where want to be as an offense, but we’re in a good place right now.”
Sophomore Tyler Vander Waal, who started nine games last season and took most of the quarterback snaps for the Brown squad, was 12 of 25 for 122 yards.
Both of the White squad's touchdowns came in the second quarter. The first came on a 2-yard touchdown run by junior walk-on fullback Jeff Burroughs of Yoder, who played running back. That drive started after redshirt freshman walk-on wide receiver Wyatt Weiland caught an 18-yard pass, but fumbled after a hit by redshirt freshman linebacker Charles Hicks. Redshirt walk-on cornerback Blake Harrington recovered the fumble.
The Brown team got a 1-yard touchdown run by redshirt freshman walk-on running back Austin Clemetson of Gillette in the second quarter. The big play on that drive was a 55-yard run by junior wide receiver Dontae Crow of Sheridan. The Brown team also got a 52-yard field goal by senior kicker Cooper Rothe in the third quarter.
Bohl said he thinks junior Braden Smith solidified his chances of being the starting free safety with his play this spring. Smith intercepted redshirt freshman walk-on quarterback Ryan Marquez, the lone interception by either defense in the game. Smith will replace Marcus Epps, who was taken in the sixth round of Saturday’s NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings.
“Maybe,” said Smith when asked he thought he will be the starter coming out of spring. “We still have fall camp, so I always have to be better. I didn’t have a perfect game today. I missed two or three tackles. I have a lot of room to improve so I can’t be satisfied or overconfident.”
Sophomore offensive guard Eric Abojei left the game early with a knee injury, and senior linebacker Ben Wisdorf of Cheyenne pulled his groin. Both players didn’t return.
Moi Moi moment
There was a moment of silence before the game for Naphtali Moi Moi, 18, of Hayward, California, who was signed as part of UW’s 2019 recruiting class. Moi Moi remains missing and is presumed to have drowned after he was swept out to sea while on a boogie board in northern California last week.
UW also wore decals on its helmets during the spring game to honor Moi Moi.
UW sophomore long snapper Jesse Hooper proposed to his girlfriend on the field after the game.
He did so in front of several friends and family members, and there was a loud cheer after she said yes.