LARAMIE, Wyo. — Pete Kaligis has not played a true freshman at interior lineman since becoming Wyoming’s defensive tackles coach in 2014.
“Obviously, it’s a difficult spot, because you’ve got to have the strength and you’ve got to have the maturity to handle that inside,” Kaligis said. “It’s a little bit different. You’re banging 600 pounds most of the time, and you’ve got to do a lot of different things.”
Kaligis could be in for a first this season. True freshman Ravontae Holt has impressed in camp so far and has rotated in with the first-team defense.
“I think he can bring something special,” head coach Craig Bohl said. “He’s still a little bit undersized, but with his size I think he’s got some excellent strength, and then along with it, he’s got suddenness. He’s got good quickness in there. I think that’s going to be important.
“… Certainly on the inside, the interior defensive tackle, I think we’re going to need to take a hard look at one of those freshmen. We’ve got three (true freshman) defensive tackles. We’ll take a look at all of them. And right now I’d say Ravontae may be a little bit ahead of the other two.”
The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Holt came in as a two-star recruit out of Sheldon (California) High School, one of four 2017 Wyoming signees from the Sacramento area. Wyoming also signed Javaree Jackson and Gavin Dunayski to play defensive tackle.
“I would say all the freshmen are mature that we’ve signed,” Kaligis told the Casper Star-Tribune. “But it’s (Holt’s) strength, it’s his want-to, it’s his coachability in coaching. He listens to it. So I would say all those aspects (have put him in the rotation).”
Holt didn’t know when he committed to Wyoming whether he had a chance of playing as a true freshman.
Source:: The Denver Post