April 7, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboy Football team will wrap up its third week of spring drills on Saturday when the Pokes practice at 1 p.m. on Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium. Saturday's practice will mark the 12th practice of the spring.
"We're at the end of installation of our offensive, defensive and special teams systems," said UW head coach Joe Glenn. "We can now spend more time on polishing our bread and butter plays, as well as installing a special play or two. We'll also be pointing toward our second scrimmage next Thursday.
"I'm real pleased with where we're at. Now with that being said, we still know we need a lot of work, but I've seen enough good play this spring to know we're going to have a competitive football team.'
While Glenn is pleased with the play he has seen from a number of veterans and young players, he emphasizes that competition at several positions will continue on into fall practice.
"The kicking game is still somewhat of a mystery, because we won't have two of the guys competing for the punting and kicking positions in here until next fall. I will say that Jake Scott has shown us a strong leg as a place-kicker this spring. He had a really good first scrimmage."
The two kickers that Glenn won't get a chance to see until next fall are junior-college punter Billy Vinnedge from Allan Hancock Community College in California, and freshman place-kicker/punter Aric Goodman from Cherry Creek High School in Englewood, Colo.
Another hotly-contested battle that Glenn sees as likely continuing into fall practice is for the starting quarterback position.
"Our quarterbacks continue to practice well," Glenn said. "That is a position I see benefitting from competition. Competition makes us all better, and I think the competition for the starting quarterback spot will probably continue into the fall."
Following Saturday's regular practice, the Cowboys will have three practices remaining next week. UW will practice on Monday in full pads, Wednesday will be a non-contact practice leading up to Thursday night's final scrimmage. Thursday's scrimmage will be held under the lights beginning at 6:30 p.m. in War Memorial Stadium. That scrimmage will conclude 2006 spring drills. The final scrimmage, as with all spring practices and scrimmages, is free and open to the public.
"The importance of that second scrimmage will be to put our young players -- like our corners and receivers -- in game-like conditions," added Glenn. "They need that added experience in a simulated game."
One player note as the Pokes enter the final week -- junior wide receiver Taber LeMarr has decided to leave the Cowboy Football program and plans to transfer to another school.
The week after spring practice ends, the Wyoming coaching staff will be back on the road recruiting. During this spring recruiting period, the coaches can visit the schools of potential recruits, and are allowed to talk with recruits coaches. But during the upcoming spring recruiting period they can not have face-to-face contact with the potential recruits themselves.
2006 University of Wyoming Football Spring Practice Schedule
Monday, March 20 (Non-contact) 3:15 p.m.
Wednesday, March 22 (Non-contact) 3:15 p.m.
Friday, March 24 3:15 p.m.
Saturday, March 25 11:00 a.m.
Monday, March 27 3:15 p.m.
Wednesday, March 29 3:15 p.m.
Friday, March 31 3:15 p.m.
Saturday, April 1 (Scrimmage) 1:00 p.m.
Monday, April 3 3:15 p.m.
Wednesday, April 5 3:15 p.m.
Friday, April 7 3:15 p.m.
Saturday, April 8 1:00 p.m.
Monday, April 10 3:15 p.m.
Wednesday, April 12 (Non-contact) 3:15 p.m.
Thursday, April 13 (Scrimmage) 6:30 p.m.