Cowboys Open Fall Camp with an Enthusiastic First Practice

Aug. 11, 2004

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

No one was more excited to start Wyoming's fall football camp than the head coach.

"Awesome! It's great to see everyone back and all of our new players here," Joe Glenn said following his Cowboys' first practice of the fall preseason. "It was a terrific day. I thought we got off to a real good start.

"I wasn't sure about that after the first two minutes when Randy Tscharner (senior linebacker) dislocated his finger (little finger, left hand)," Glenn continued with a grin. "But things got a lot better after that, and we got a lot done."

After some medical attention, Tscharner was good-to-go, and finished the practice.

The Cowboys completed the two-and-a-half-hour session in shorts, t-shirts and helmets. Single practices, without pads, will continue through Saturday. Media Day is scheduled for Friday.

Wyoming will conduct its first full-padded practice on Sunday. Two-a-day practices begin on Monday, with the first full scrimmage set for Saturday, Aug. 21. There will be one additional preseason scrimmage, and that is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 26.

While it is too early to single out players, Glenn said he was pleased with the appearance of his squad. "There's no cinch that the young men we recruit are going to be a hit," he said. "But as I looked at everyone, and watched them after one day, I think we have a lot of guys who can help this team. I told the team after practice that there are a lot of guys in uniform now who weren't wearing our colors last year, who can really help us. The competition is keener than a year ago, and we look better."

Fall camp is an important time, and a challenging one as well, according to the head coach. "Everything is done on the dead run," Glenn said. This is a very important time for any team. There is so much packed into 29 days. Coaching is done on the run, and learning is done on the run. It's really an exciting time."

Several players missed some or all of work on Wednesday, due to injury. Key players missing included junior wide receiver Jovon Bouknight (groin), offensive guard Dan Fisher (recovering from knee surgery), and safety Marcial Rosales (hamstring). All are expected to be back within days.