Cowboy Rookies Open Camp Wednesday

Aug. 7, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Vic Koenning and his Wyoming football coaching staff remove the wrapping from theirsecond recruiting class Wednesday, when Cowboy rookies report for their first day of pre-season camp.

A total of 28 new student-athletes, including scholarship and walkon student-athletes, will begin two days of two-a-daysessions with a 9:30 a.m. practice Wednesday. The young Cowboys also will practice in the afternoon at 4:15. They will repeatthe process Thursday. The entire squad will practice for the first time on Saturday.

"We're very pleased with the way they look so far," Koenning said of the new players on Tuesday. "It's obvious that they havebeen working during the summer to improve themselves. It's a good looking group physically. We are already bigger than we werewith last year's group. At first glance, the tight ends and defensive linemen are very impressive physically. We're certainly going tofind out a lot more about them in the next couple of days."

Koenning said the practice sessions would include fundamentals as well as a large dose of team work. The whole process,according to the head coach, is to help the newcomers become familar with their new environment. "We go at a little slower pace,and make sure they understand what we are trying to accomplish, and how we plan to get there."

The rookies spent Tuesday filling out necessary paper work, taking care of their academic responsibilities, checking outequipment, weight room orientation and receiving training room guidelines.

The Cowboy veterans must be in camp by Thursday evening. A good number of those vets spent the summer in Laramie,concentrating on weight training and conditioning. "I'm very impressed with our experienced guys," Koenning said. "They haveworked very hard this summer, and the results are obvious. Lots of guys made lots of strides during the summer."

Who made the biggest gains in the eyes of the head coach? "Far and away, Tam Pruitt (offensive guard) has done the mostto improve himself. He is stronger and faster than he was in the spring." Koenning also singled out defensive tackle Daniel Gibson,offensive tackle Rob Kellerman, receiver Ryan McGuffey, safety DeShawn Abram, and running backs Nate Scott and Derek Armahfor their strides in the weight room.

Koenning announced that three Cowboys will not be reporting to camp. Running back Tyler Scharman, receiver Dustin Ralphand transfer linebacker Jeremy Davis are not coming to school, Koenning said.

The head coach also indicated that when the varsity begins practice on Saturday, four players will practice just once per dayto make sure they have recovered totally from injury. The four are offensive linemen Trenton Franz (back) and Kyle Huseby (back),running back Kit Bradshaw (back) and defensive end Brandon Casavan (ankle). They should be fully ready to go for the opener withFurman on Sept. 1.