Aug. 6, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboy football team took the field for its first practice of fall drills on Monday at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium. The practice focused on individual position work as a total of 94 players reported to fall camp. The first practice lasted about one hour and 15 minutes.
The practice included about 45 minutes of individual period with each unit splitting off with their specific position coach. A 30-minute lightning delay interrupted practice around 4 p.m.
"It's always exciting to start a new season," said Wyoming head coach Joe Glenn. "I've been involved in the game of football since 1959 when I was a 10-year old player, and I'm still as excited today about going to practice as I was back then."
Much of Glenn's excitement stems from the return of 13 starters -- among them sophomore quarterback Karsten Sween on offense and veteran linebackers and cornerbacks on defense.
"I'm especially excited about this team," Glenn commented. "I think it's as talented a team as we've had since we've been here at Wyoming. I believe we've increased our athleticism across the board.
"It is great to have a quarterback who started the last seven games of last season in Karsten Sween. Our linebacking corps is probably the strength of our football team. I also think Chad Germer (offensive line coach) has to feel good about the way his offensive lineman looked today, and I know that Lanny Robinson (defensive line coach) feels good about his young defensive linemen."
The Wyoming defense that was ranked No. 9 in the NCAA in total defense to conclude last season will be led by returning starters Ward Dobbs, Luke Chase and Sean Claffey at linebacker and Michael Medina and Julius Stinson at cornerback.
Glenn's enthusiasm is also based on added depth and experience throughout the 2007 Cowboy roster.
"We seem to have more depth this year," Glenn added. "Coach Wiz (Ron Wisniewski, wide receivers' coach) likes his guys, and certainly at running back with `thunder and lightning', Wynel Seldon and Devin Moore, we have a lot of confidence at that position."
While true freshmen generally redshirt their first season in this era of college football, Glenn also expressed his excitement for the future of Cowboy Football.
"It's nice to finally get a look at your new recruits in a Wyoming uniform," Glenn said. "We had a good year recruiting, and it shows in the quality of athletes we have in this class.
"The first day is always a little bit of a scramble. The young players are just trying to get lined up right, learn our terminology and get out of the blocks, but I like the looks of them."
Fall drills began with the Cowboys almost injury free.
"Everybody was good to go today, except for Jake Doss (senior quarterback) who's still healing up from a hamstring tear he had this summer," Glenn said. "The guys we held out last spring to have some surgeries were all back today. We won't overdo it with them to start with, but Ward Dobbs (Inside Linebacker), Wade Betschart (TE/H-Back), Karsten Sween (Quarterback) and Chris Sundberg (TE/H-Back) are all back and good to start fall camp.
The first week of drills will feature only one practice per day focused on fundamentals on both sides of the ball.
A couple of changes from the original practice schedule released prior to the start of fall camp are: the Cowboys will first dawn shoulder pads on Wednesday, Aug. 8, rather than Thursday, Aug. 9, and the first practice in full pads will now be conducted on Friday afternoon, Aug. 10, rather than Saturday, Aug. 11.
Only one player, who concluded the 2007 spring semester with the Cowboys, chose not to return this fall. That was center/offensive guard Erik Kottom, a redshirt freshman from Eden Prairie, Minn. Kottom informed the Wyoming coaching staff during the summer that he did not plan to return for personal reasons.