Cowboys Open Spring Football Drills

March 8, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Head Coach Dana Dimel and his Wyoming football team opened spring training on Monday in familiar surroundings. . .War Memorial Fieldhouse.

Due to snowy weather conditions, the Cowboys worked indoors for two-and-a-half hours, their first of 15 practice sessions this spring.

"We were able to get a lot done today," Head Coach Dana Dimel said of his third spring at Laramie. "I thought we had a real good first day.

Mondays opening marked the earliest spring start for the Cowboys in many years. Dimel indicated there were a number of good reasons why he decided to move the training period up nearly a month.

"This gives us the entire month of April to condition after spring ball so that we can head into the summer in excellent shape. Having the training period earlier also helps us academically. Everyone will have more time to prepare for finals.

"Injuries also were a big consideration for moving practice," Dimel continued. "An individual will now have more time to heal considering he will have the remainder of spring and the summer."

If there was a downside to the early opening, according to Dimel, it was the fact the Cowboys are just coming off of spring break, and might not be in tip-top shape. "I would say our conditioning is down a little bit," Dimel said. "But that will pick up here the next couple of days."

A total of 96 players were on the Fieldhouses artificial surface for Mondays opener. The Cowboys went through some team work; some seven on seven; nine on seven; the kicking game, and a host of fundamental drills.

Three Cowboys are being held out of spring training for injury reasons. . .cornerback T.W. Steele, offensive guard Jason Wilhelm and defensive end Jerel Haynes.

Wyoming will resume practice on Wednesday. The Spring Game is scheduled for April 3.