March 15, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboy Football team will open spring drills on Monday, March 20 with an afternoon practice in War Memorial Stadium.
The Cowboys are allowed 15 spring practices. Wyoming will practice on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons, as well as Saturdays beginning next week. There are two spring scrimmages scheduled on Saturday, April 1 and Thursday night, April 13. Spring practice will conclude with the April 13 scrimmage prior to Easter weekend. The exact times of the practices and scrimmages have not yet been set. All practices are open to the public and are scheduled for War Memorial Stadium and the practice field south of War Memorial Fieldhouse.
Joe Glenn is entering his fourth spring as head coach at Wyoming. He will welcome back 12 starters and 45 lettermen. Six starters return on both offense and defense. In the special teams' area, Wyoming will be looking to replace both its starting place-kicker and punter.
In addition to the six offensive and six defensive starters returning, two former starters will also return in `06. After missing last year due to injuries, former starters Aaron Robbins at defensive end and Joseph Harris at running back also return. Both Robbins and Harris will be seniors in 2006. Robbins suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee versus Louisiana-Monroe in the second game of the 2005 season. He was granted a medical hardship by the NCAA giving him an added year of eligibility. Harris redshirted the 2005 season to recuperate from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee.
Glenn's philosophy regarding spring football is to emphasize teaching and installation of offensive, defensive and special-team systems. Key positions that will be contested through spring drills and into next fall are the quarterback, center, wide receiver, cornerback, place-kicking and punting positions.
On offense, the Cowboys return four of five starting offensive linemen, led by four-year starters Chase Johnson at left tackle and Jason Karcher at right guard. The two seniors have each started 35 consecutive games for the Cowboys. The UW offense also returns the top freshman running back in University of Wyoming history -- Wynel Seldon. Seldon set a Wyoming freshman rushing record in 2005, running for 871 yards.
The Poke defense returns six of its top ten tacklers, led by senior All-America candidate John Wendling at free safety. Wendling tied for second place in tackles for UW last season with 75 total tackles. The other individual who tied for second place was Ward Dobbs, who as a freshman linebacker last season was credited with 75 tackles, as well.
Here is the schedule of practices for 2006 spring drills.
2006 University of Wyoming Football Spring Practice Schedule
Monday, March 20 (Non-contact)
Wednesday, March 22 (Non-contact)
Friday, March 24
Saturday, March 25
Monday, March 27
Wednesday, March 29
Friday, March 31
Saturday, April 1 (Scrimmage)
Monday, April 3
Wednesday, April 5
Friday, April 7
Saturday, April 8
Monday, April 10
Wednesday, April 12 (Non-contact)
Thursday, April 13 (Spring Game)