Wyoming Cowboys to Conduct First Practice in Full Pads on Saturday

March 28, 2008


After two days of practice in no pads, the Wyoming Cowboy Football team will conduct its first practice in full pads this spring on Saturday, March 29 at 1 p.m. Saturday's practice is scheduled to begin outside in War Memorial Stadium, but part of Saturday's practice may move inside to the Indoor Practice Facility for the seven-on-seven and team portions of practice. All practices are open to the public.

Saturday's practice will be only the third of 15 spring practices for the Cowboys. With the start of full-padded practices comes an increased intensity to accompany an emphasis on individual fundamentals as the Wyoming coaching staff focuses on installation of their offensive, defensive and special teams' systems.

"Saturday will be our first day in full pads and our first day of contact, so things like protecting the football, wrapping up on tackles, blitz pickup, as well as a number of other things will come into play for the first time," said Glenn. "We won't be taking people to the ground the entire first contact practice, but about the last 10 plays of team period we'll let the No. 1s and 2s go full speed and take people to the ground."

After two days of spring ball, Glenn said he was excited about the attitude that his players had carried through the winter conditioning program and on into spring practice.

"There is just a great feeling right now," commented Glenn. "I feel it, our coaches feel it, our kids feel it. I've talked about the sign we've had up on our door at home since Christmas that says, `This family believes', and that doesn't mean about Santa Claus. I told my wife Michele to leave that sign up all year. I think our whole team believes that something special is going on and that we're ready to take a step forward with our program."

At this point of spring practice, Glenn said that most of the repetitions will be going to the No. 1s and No. 2s at each position with the other players fighting for every rep they can get.

One of the things the Wyoming coaching staff has made a conscious effort to change this spring is the pace of practice -- speeding up the tempo of practices.

"We came into spring ball this year with the idea of speeding things up to get more plays into each practice," said Glenn. "I have definitely felt the faster pace. Not only does it give us the opportunity to increase the number of reps our players get each day, but it brings a higher energy to practice."

Wyoming spent its first two days of spring ball practicing in the new Indoor Practice Facility, which has provided an outstanding practice atmosphere.

"The Indoor provides us an ideal teaching environment," said Glenn. "There are no distractions in terms of weather. It allows our players to function at a very high level of focus and concentration, and with it being a full-size, 100-yard field we can get so much more accomplished than we could in the old fieldhouse. When we practiced in the fieldhouse, we had to practice in shifts due to the limited size of the facility. We used to have to split practice up into two groups. We're now able to do everything we need to, both on offense and defense, with room to spare."

Following are the remaining practice dates on Wyoming's 2008 spring practice schedule.

2008 University of Wyoming Football Spring Practice Schedule

Saturday, March 29, 1:00 p.m. (Full pads begin)
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. (First Spring Scrimmage)
Monday, April 14, 3:15 p.m.
Wednesday, April 16, 3:15 p.m.
Friday, April 18, 3:15 p.m. (No pads prior to Spring Game)
Saturday, April 19, 1:00 p.m. (Spring Game)