Cowboys Begin Pre-Season Practice Saturday

Aug. 9, 2002

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

There's been a lot of work done already, but the Wyoming football team begins its 2002 season for real Saturday with its first practice as a full squad.

The squad will participate in media day during the morning on Saturday, then follow that with a 2 p.m. practice.

The "rookies" have already been through four practices with two-a-days on both Wednesday and Thursday. Head Coach Vic Koenning, beginning his third season at the helm, was very optimistic about his new charges.

"When we are recruiting we look for intensity and a love of the game," he said. "We found that these young guys believe in themselves and the sport of football. They understand it is played by tough, intense people. They all worked very hard during our two days together, and they got better with each practice.

"We will know over the next three or four days who will step up the pace," Koenning continued. "It's difficult to say who might break into the depth chart. Thus far we have been impressed with a number of the rookies. Two receivers, Josh Barge (Fr., Blue Springs, Mo) and Jarreau Grant (Fr., Dallas, Tex.) have been outstanding. We've also been impressed with the three young offensive lineman, Chase Johnson (Fr., Loveland, Colo.), Jason Karcher (Fr., Tempe, Ariz.) and Mark Schwarz (Fr., Melbourne, Fla.). I like the maturity of Sean Stronach (Jr., Corvallis, Ore.) as a junior transfer. Marcial Rosales ( Fr., West Covina, Calif.) at strong safety, and Jason Schneider (Fr., Ft. Worth, Tex.) and R.J. Robbins (RSo., Aurora, Colo.) caught our eye. They have gotten a lot of reps over the last two days, and they will get a lot more. We'll see how far they progress."

Following Saturday's practice the Cowboys will practice once on Sunday, then begin two-a-days on Monday.