LARAMIE — Depth along the interior defensive line for the University of Wyoming football team was a concern heading into fall camp, and that depth took a big hit Tuesday.
Junior defensive tackle Ravontae Holt, a projected starter, is out for the season with a torn ACL, sixth-year UW coach Craig Bohl said. Bohl added Holt had ACL surgery on the knee a couple of years ago, but the ligament graft re-tore. Holt missed last Friday’s practice, and had an MRI Monday.
“It is a concern,” Bohl said after Tuesday’s practice about the depth at defensive tackle and nose tackle. “We’re pleased with the progress of the other guys, but it is time for them to grow up. Our opponents don’t care how thin we are. We have to get our guys ready to go.”
UW reached the midway point of fall camp Tuesday. Bohl said as of now, there will be a three-man rotation at both interior spots between junior Javaree Jackson, sophomore Victor Jones and redshirt freshman Mario Mora.
When asked if other names have started to emerge as options, Bohl said, “As we go they’re still unnamed. That’s as clear as I can be.”
Holt played in all 12 games last season. He recorded 31 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and forced one fumble. In 21 career games, Holt has 40 tackles, one quarterback sack and 2.5 tackles for loss.
Jackson is the most experienced guy UW has. He’s played in 18 games the last two seasons. Jackson recorded 12 tackles and forced one fumble last season. Jones has switched back and forth between defensive end and defensive tackle, but has been at defensive tackle since the spring. As a redshirt freshman last season, Jones had 15 tackles.
An option to add more depth is to move senior defensive end Josiah Hall inside, which UW did two years ago at times due to injuries. Bohl said UW has not given Hall any looks inside so far in camp.
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