Pokes in Pads

Aug. 12, 2006


Wyoming's fall football camp looked a lot more like football Saturday as the Cowboys practiced in full pads for the first time.

"The game is supposed to be played with pads, so today looked a lot more like football," Head Coach Joe Glenn said following the two-hour practice. "It's a lot better to get a full evaluation of what's going one when they are playing with all of the pads on. We'll get an even better gauge when we scrimmage Wednesday."

That first scrimmage of fall camp is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday in War Memorial Stadium.

"I thought there were good things on both sides of the ball today," Glenn continued, "and I thought our kickers continued to compete at a high level. We're getting there."

Glenn said the installation of offenses and defenses is progressing on schedule, and everything will be in for the Wednesday scrimmage. "The ones and twos are picking it up and the threes are swimming a little bit. That's normal. But we are making excellent progress in all areas. One thing is apparent, we have more talent than we have had since I've been here. Some of it is young, but it's there."

With Sunday's 3:15 p.m. practice, the Cowboys will have completed their first full week of fall camp. How has it gone?

"I think we have seen a lot of really good things so far," Glenn said. "We have some things to clean up, but I like a lot of what is going on. I love the effort. These kids are working extremely hard. It looks like we can be special on defense, especially in regards to our team speed. The linebackers and offensive line have been outstanding thus far, and we expected that..

"We are progressing in special teams. We have some big legs," Glenn continued. "We will continue to work on accuracy, but the legs are there. It's really nice to see what we felt about these guys when we recruited them is true. They are backing up what we thought.

"It is hard to know how far we have really come until we have that scrimmage. I think we are all very anxious for that."

While the Cowboys have the usual bumps and bruises after a week of practice, there are three injuries worth noting. Offensive guard Tim Bond (Soph, Phoenix, Ariz.) suffered a mild sprain to his left knee Saturday, and will be sidelined. Offensive guard Ryan McKinley (RFr., Arvada, Colo.) also suffered a right knee sprain, and is out. Running back Montey Brunk (Sr., Loveland, Colo.) has a left shoulder subluxation, and also is sidelined. How long the three will be shelved is undetermined.