Aug. 8, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Wyoming Head Coach Joe Glenn welcomes a full compliment of 105 Cowboys to fall camp on Tuesday to begin the most highly-anticipated football season in over a decade.
Thanks to new NCAA legislation, the Cowboys will begin camp with six single practices rather than the tradtional two-a-day sessions. Two-a-days will not begin until next Monday (Aug. 15).
Glenn welcomes 46 lettermen from last year's team that finished 7-5, and beat UCLA in the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl. Of that group eight starters return on offense and eight on defense, and two on special teams. Wyoming's offensive and defensive units boast of 21 starters who are either juniors or seniors.
"Everybody reported, and they look great," Glenn said Monday. "Scott Bennett (head strength and conditioning coach) and Robb Williams (head athletics trainer) worked very hard with these guys over the summer, and our players took the bit and ran. This team is healthy, in shape, and conditioned to the hilt."
Glenn said that fall camp will be very similar to spring training. "It will be installation of all three phases (offense, defense, special teams) of our team. We will meet non-stop, and drill what we install. There will be individual, group and team work. Those things never change.
"What has changed is the self-respect, and psyche of our guys, and the respect other programs have for them. Most of these guys were involved in getting it done a year ago. They beat a team that almost upset the national champions, and we're not about to let that go."
Another new aspect of this year's camp will be the location of Wyoming's practices. Not only will they utilize the new Jonah Field in War Memorial Stadium, but also the practice field just south of War Memorial Fieldhouse.
"The bulk of our practices will be on the practice field," Glenn said. "But we will conduct our group and team work on Jonah. Believe me, we are very excited to get out there."
The head coach indicated that the top priority of fall camp was the running back position. Returnees Ivan Harrision (5-7, 190, Sr.) and Joseph Harris (5-7, 200, Sr.) missed all of spring practice because of off-season surgery.
"Right now, we are not sure if our tailback position will be one guy, two guys, or a committee," Glenn said. "I know this, there will be spirited competition. How much Ivan and Joe contribute depends on how fast one or both can come along, and how effective they can be."
The Cowboys will practice Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 3:15 p.m. Friday's practice is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. because of Media Day beginning at noon. A ribbon cutting for Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium will be part of the schedule. The ceremony is set for 1:15 p.m., at the north end of the stadium. Members of the media will interview and photograph coaches and players following the ribbon-cutting.