Cowboys Resume Football Spring Training

April 3, 2002

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

After a week's hiatus for spring break, Wyoming's football team returned to the field Wednesday with a fundamental-oriented practice.

It was a long one.

The Cowboys practiced for two hours and forty minutes Wednesday, a good 40 minutes longer than they normally work.

"I was pleasantly surprised with the way they came back from their break," Head Coach Vic Koenning said. "They were in good shape, they were hungry and they were looking forward to getting back to work. We had a very good practice."

The Cowboys were in pads during their first day back, but it was a non hitting day.

"We spent the day reviewing what we had been doing prior to spring break, as well as a focusing on fundamentals," Koenning said. "We plan on doing more of the same Friday, although we will insert some more new things ."

The head coach said the Cowboys would mix a situational scrimmage into Saturday's practice which is scheduled for War Memorial Stadium.

Wyoming's first major scrimmage of spring training is scheduled for April 13, at Casper's Natrona High School Field. That scrimmage, which will pit offense against defense, is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

Koenning also announced that sophomore running back Lewis James (Allen, Texas) and redshirt freshman linebacker Chris Jordan (Round Rock, Texas) have been dismissed from the program for a violation of team rules. He said he would not comment further on the matter.