March 28, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
For the first time this spring training period, Wyoming's football team had an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors conducting their fourth practice Monday at War Memorial Stadium.
The Pokes' first three practices of the spring were spent inside War Memorial Fieldhouse.
"We're excited to be getting outside," said Joe Glenn whose Cowboys were chased indoors last week by spring snows. "The Fieldhouse came through for us again. We're a little crowded in there, but we can get everything done, and we're off to a great start. The weather got in our way a little bit, but we are still right on target. The old Fieldhouse has been some kind of a building for this program through the years."
The Cowboys are practicing Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday this week after concluding last week with three weekday practices.
According to the head coach, the Cowboys will begin their first real day of contact on Wednesday. "We'll have a little more one-on-one hitting," Glenn said. "Other than that, these practices will be more of same. . .we will continue to install our offenses, and defenses, and special teams. Each practice is a similar progression. We work on individual fundamentals, go to our seven-on-seven period, then team work."
Glenn said the evaluation process is ongoing in several areas, especially center, running back and backup quarterback behind Corey Bramlet. In addition, he indicated there were spirited battles being waged, especially at one receiver spot, and at a cornerback position.
"I think our young running backs are competing at a high level," Glenn said. "We have gotten Wynel (redshirt freshman Seldon) back from injury (foot) which gives us a chance to get an evaluation of him. It's good to have Alex Renshaw (ankle and leg) back on the field as well. We're getting a good look at Devon Moore (5-10, 178, RFR) and Montey Brunk (5-10, 219, Jr.)." The Cowboys are missing two of their top running backs--Ivan Harrison (5-7, 190, Jr.) and Joseph Harris (5-7, 200, Sr.)-- who are on the spring shelf as they recover from off-season surgery.
Glenn said it is still too early to tell who may emerge from a couple of the key areas for the Cowboys, especially center, in the secondary and at backup quarterback.
Weather permitting, all Wyoming practices will be conducted at War Memorial Stadium. The weekday practices are scheduled for 3:30 p.m., and the Saturday workouts are set for 10 a.m., with the exception of the April 9th scrimmage which is set for 1 p.m. That Saturday the coaching staff is conducting its annual coaches' clinic. That will be the first scrimmage of the spring. The spring finale is scheduled for April 16, at 1 p.m.