Wyoming Football Begins Padded Practices

Aug. 15, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Wyoming's first day in padsdidn't begin the way Head Coach Vic Koenning expected.

The second-year head coach did not like what he was seeingduring the beginning of the morning practice--the first of two onWednesday. He called a time out, brought his team together, and had alittle visit with his Cowboys. Needless to say, things improvedsignificantly from that point.

"We have been doing exceptionally well," Koenning said onWednesday. "Our two-a-days have been very sharp. But for whateverreason when we got the pads on this morning I thought we began a littlesluggish. After we talked, things got much better, and we finished theday in a positive way."

In fact, the team segment was extremely spirited. The Cowboysfinished with some "red-zone and "two-minute drill" work at the end of practice."

"Our practice goal is to get better every day, and avoid takingsteps backwards," Koenning said. "We were dangerously close thismorning to taking a step back. To their credit, they battled back, andwe were able to have a good first day in pads.

The Cowboys will practice once on Thursday in pads, and returnto the regular two-a-day schedule on Friday and Saturday. They willpractice just once on Sunday.