April 15, 2010
Laramie, Wyo. - Spring practice will conclude for the Wyoming Cowboys on Saturday, April 17 with the annual Brown and Gold Game. The No. 1 offense and No. 2 defense will team up on the Brown Team, with the No. 2 offense and No. 1 defense combining on the Gold Team. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. in Wyoming's War Memorial Stadium and is free to the public.
At Thursday afternoon's practice, head coach Dave Christensen announced to his team the four team captains for the 2010 season as voted by their teammates. The two defensive captains will be senior free safety Chris Prosinski and junior linebacker Brian Hendricks. The two offensive captains for the 2010 season will be senior wide receiver David Leonard and sophomore quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels.
Carta-Samuels becomes only the second sophomore in school history to be named a team captain. The only other sophomore to earn that honor was wide receiver Ryan McGuffey back in 2001.
On Saturday, Prosinski and Hendricks will lead the Gold team, while Leonard and Carta-Samuels will lead the Brown squad.
"These four were voted on by their teammates, with each player being allowed to vote for four captains" said Christensen. "All four of these young men represent everything this program is about. They do the right things, they work extremely hard and they provide great leadership and motivation to their teammates."
This year's Spring Game will include four 12-minute quarters. The clock will run continuously, except for the final two minutes of each half which will be timed like an actual game. Unlike the other two major scrimmages of the spring, this Saturday's Spring Game will be scored like a normal game.
At halftime of the game, the six players who were selected as the most improved at their positions by the Wyoming coaching staff will be announced. There will be a Most Improved Player named at the positions of: offensive back, offensive line, receiver, defensive back, defensive line and linebacker.
As the Cowboys enter their final of 15 spring practices on Saturday, Christensen has seen a number of positives coming out of his team's work the past five weeks.
"It has been a very productive spring," said Christensen. "We've been able to get our new defense installed, and I like the direction that is going. I think our kids grasped the new defensive system well, and I think we are a little further along than I thought we would be at this point in time.
"We of course did have a number of players on the defensive line that missed time during the spring and will have to get back up to speed, but I think it has been very productive from a defensive standpoint.
"Offensively, we were able to get back to a lot of things we initially wanted to do with this offense when we first came here. I think we were a much sharper offense this spring than we were last year.
"I believe we've improved in the areas of wide receiver and offensive line. I look forward to the progress we will be able to make in the 25 or so fall practices we will have before we kick next season off."
Before those fall practices begin in early August, Christensen knows that having his players maintain their conditioning in the summer is also critical. With that in mind, he said that his student-athletes will follow the same pattern this summer as they did a year ago.
"I believe virtually all of our returning kids are staying around this summer to lift, go to summer school, work out on their own in the evenings and make progress toward getting their degrees," said Christensen. "All of our new signees will be here for four weeks in the summer to take two summer school classes, live in the dorms and work out with our strength and conditioning staff. Then they'll go home for the remaining four or five weeks of summer before coming back for the start of fall camp."
Weather permitting, Saturday's Brown and Gold Game will be held in War Memorial Stadium. Fans will need to sit in the lower west side of the stadium, due to ongoing construction on the east side.
If the weather is inclement, the Spring Game will take place in the Indoor Practice Facility. If the scrimmage is moved indoors, fans will be allowed to watch the game from the west end zone of the Indoor Practice facility but will not be allowed on the sidelines due to safety concerns. Only media members with press credentials who are covering the scrimmage will be allowed on the sidelines.