Aug. 13, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
After a week of one practice each day, the Wyoming Cowboy Football team went through its first day of two-a-day practices on Monday in War Memorial Stadium.
The Cowboys practiced for approximately two hours in the morning, followed by a two-hour practice in the afternoon. The Pokes are scheduled to conduct two-a-day practices on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for the next two weeks. NCAA rules limit the number of two-a-day practices each institution can conduct during fall drills.
"The pace picks up for both the players and coaches this week," said UW head football coach Joe Glenn. "We've had seven straight days of practicing once a day, but now we get an opportunity to have two practices every other day for the next couple of weeks.
"We've been installing at breakneck speed, and that continues this week, but with two practices every other day it gives us another chance to evaluate which players are getting in the mix for us. This is the phase of practice where players are earning the trust of their coaches. You begin to see who is improving their stock and which players may be able to help you out."
Highlights from Monday afternoon's practice included, junior quarterback Ian Hetrick hitting freshman wide reciever Travis Burkhalter on two deep pass plays. Senior cornerback Troy Lewis intercepted a pass in the endzone to end a Cowboy drive and sophomore place-kicker Jake Scott converted a 33-yard field-goal attempt.
Monday's two practices and Tuesday's lone afternoon session will lead up to a Wednesday morning practice focused on special teams. Wednesday night, the Cowboys scrimmage for the first time at 5 p.m. in War Memorial Stadium. The other fall scrimmage is planned for the following Wednesday, Aug. 22.
Wednesday's scrimmage is expected to consist of 80-100 plays covering a variety of situations, including: moving the ball up and down the field; simulating down and distance situations; and integrating substitutions into a game-like setting.
"At this point of fall practice, we are still giving all of our players -- the vets and the younger players -- some reps as we're still installing our offensive, defensive and special teams systems," said Glenn. "It won't be until after the final scrimmage on Aug. 22 that we will begin to give our starters and backups the majority of the reps."
Glenn mentioned a couple of position adjustments had been made on offense. Junior wide receiver Kyle Jacobo was moved from an inside receiver position to an outside spot. First year junior-college wide receiver Chris Johnson, who was originally slotted as an outside receiver, was moved to an inside, or slot, position.
One injury update regarding the Cowboys, senior cornerback Michael Medina suffered a foot injury in Sunday's practice. Medina missed both of Monday's practices, and his injury was still being evaluated as of Monday.