March 10, 2011
Laramie, Wyo. - The Wyoming Cowboy football team wrapped up its first week of the 2011 spring season by donning full pads for the first time during a two-hour practice on Thursday afternoon in Wyoming's War Memorial Stadium. Head coach Dave Christensen and his staff have run UW through four sessions and now give the Cowboys next week off for spring break.
"It was nice enough weather to get out there and get some work done outside, so that was a positive especially this early in the spring," Christensen said. "It was a good first week of practice. I think our kids are working hard and giving great effort. We have a long way to go, but I think the first four days were really positive. We just need to keep making daily improvement every time we go out there."
Thursday's practice saw players run through several sessions on agility and fundamentals before moving to seven-on-seven drills, the Oklahoma drill and concluding with a 40-minute session of live plays. The Cowboy defense dominated the final session by holding the UW offense to only a handful of plays over 10 yards and just one touchdown. Senior defensive end Josh Biezuns had several big hits, including a tackle for loss, while redshirt freshman defensive end Riley Lange and sophomore linebacker Devyn Harris chipped in tackles for loss of their own. Sophomore cornerback Marqueston Huff recovered a fumble that was caused by a hit from senior linebacker Brian Hendricks and sophomore cornerback Andrew Meredith and junior strong safety Luke Ruff broke up passes. The Cowboy offense was highlighted by a 32-yard rush from sophomore running back Nehemie Kankolongo and topped off with a 25-yard touchdown toss from redshirt freshman quarterback Emory Miller Jr. to redshirt freshman tight end Shane Sullivan.
Wyoming resumes practice on Monday, March 21 and has 11 sessions left in the spring season, including all three scrimmages, which are open to the public. The first scrimmage of the spring will be on Saturday, March 26 at 9 a.m.