Wyoming Cowboys to Open 2003 Spring Drills on Monday

March 28, 2003


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The Wyoming Cowboys will begin 2003 spring football drills on Monday, March 31 with their first spring practice at 3:15 p.m. The first practice is scheduled to be held inside at War Memorial Fieldhouse.

First-year head coach Joe Glenn and his staff will welcome 47 returning lettermen to spring drills.

The Cowboys have eight of 11 offensive starters back from a unit that ranked 18th in the nation in passing offense a year ago. Defensively, eight of 11 starters return, and the Pokes' special teams return punter Luke Donovan.

NCAA Division IA schools are allowed 15 practices during the spring. Of those 15 practices, eight can be full contact, four can involve limited contact but no tackling and three must be without any pads. The eight full-contact practices can include as many as three scrimmages.

The first of two scrimmages are planned to take place in War Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 12, with the spring game on April 26 being the only other scrimmage scheduled for the spring. For the second consecutive year, the Cowboys will take their annual spring game on the road. On Saturday, April 26 the Pokes will hold the spring game in Casper, Wyo., at Cheney Field. The two Saturday scrimmages are both scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.

The spring practice schedule will be Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday the first two weeks of spring practice. The week of Good Friday (April 13-19), the Cowboys will practice Monday, Wednesday and Thursday that week. The players will be given Easter Weekend off, before resuming practice on Monday, April 21. Weekday practices are scheduled to start at 3:15 p.m.

The focus of 2003 spring drills will be installing the offensive, defensive and special teams' systems of the new UW coaching staff.

"We plan to have most of our offense, defense and all of our special teams installed by the end of spring drills," said Glenn. "We will put a lot of emphasis on the kicking game.

"They (the Wyoming players) will work hard, but we want it to come with a smile. We want them to have fun with it.

"The mission of spring football will be to have our players develop a solid understanding of our offensive, defensive and special teams schemes. We also want to try and get through the spring without injuries.

"I know these kids are tired of losing. I think it's time for these players to enjoy some success, especially the seniors.

"I have been impressed with the leadership I've seen thus far. I know our players and fans are looking forward to kicking this off, but no one is looking forward to it more than our coaching staff is."

Spring practices will be open to the public.

2003 University of Wyoming Spring Practice Schedule

Monday, March 31 3:15 p.m.Wednesday, April 2 3:15 p.m.Friday, April 4 3:15 p.m.Saturday, April 5 1:00 p.m.Monday, April 7 3:15 p.m.Wednesday, April 9 3:15 p.m.Friday, April 11 3:15 p.m.Saturday, April 12 1:00 p.m. (Scrimmage in War Memorial Stadium)Monday, April 14 3:15 p.m.Wednesday, April 16 3:15 p.m.Thursday, April 17 3:15 p.m.Monday, April 21 3:15 p.m.Wednesday, April 23 3:15 p.m.Friday, April 25 3:15 p.m.Saturday, April 26 1:00 p.m. (Spring game in Casper, Wyo., at Cheney Field)