Aug. 7, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
There are a lot of Wyoming Cowboys who have been waiting a long time for Tuesday to arrive. That's when the Pokes get a fresh start with the opening of fall football camp for the 2006 season.
"We've been waiting to get a bad taste out of our mouth," Head Coach Joe Glenn said Monday. "We have 24 days and wakeup to be the best we can be, and get a win. The team looks good, and we are anxious and excited to get going."
Glenn, who enters his fourth season as Wyoming's head football coach, welcomes back 43 lettermen from the 2005 Cowboy squad, including 19 on offense and 24 on defense. There are six starters returning on each side of the football. A total of 97 players have reported for fall drills.
Wyoming's first practice of fall camp is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday. By NCAA rule, the Cowboys are limited to one full practice per day through this week. The first two-a-day session is set for next Monday (Aug. 14). Those two-per-day sessions will run in the morning at 9:15 a.m. and in the afternoon at the regular practice time of 3:15 p.m.. During the one-a-day period the NCAA allows for a "walk-through" session in addition to the full afternoon practice. The walk-through is scheduled for 9 a.m. each morning this week.
The Cowboys reported Sunday, and spent that first evening filling out required NCAA forms. Physicals were scheduled all day on Monday.
"All you have to do is look at our team to know that the summer program was very successful," Glenn said. "Scott Bennett (Head Strength and Conditioning Coach) and his crew did a tremendous job. Scott told the team last night that he gave them an A+ for what they accomplished during the summer. They look good, and a good summer is obviously a tremendous plus for a football team."
As with each of Glenn's fall camps, installation of offense and defense is the order of the day until the week of the Utah State opener (Sept. 2, at Laramie). "We always start from square one," Glenn said, "from how we look in the huddle right through the entire playbook. All of that installation will be done by game week."
The Cowboys will spend the bulk of fall camp working against their own offenses and defenses, according to Glenn. "We won't focus on what Utah State does until the week of the game.
"We will concentrate a little more on one's vs. one's during our non-contact periods than we have in the past," Glenn said.
Wyoming will scrimmage twice prior to the opener. The first is set for Wednesday, Aug. 16, and the second on Aug. 23. Both practices will begain at 7 p.m., Glenn said.