Aug. 14, 2004
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboys concluded their fourth practice of 2004 fall drills on Saturday with a two-and-one-half hour practice at the North Forty practice fields on the UW campus. Saturday's practice was conducted in uppers (helmets, shoulder pads and shorts). Sunday, Aug. 15 will see the Pokes practice for the first time in full pads. Sunday's practice will begin at 3:15 p.m. at the North Forty.
Through four practices, second-year Cowboy head coach Joe Glenn sees a number of things he likes already.
"I'm excited because it's obvious we're more athletic as a team and have more team speed this year," said Glenn. "We also have more experience in terms of our returning players knowing what to expect in practice, having been with us for a year. When your players know their position coach better and know their coordinator better, the practices run more efficiently -- the players know what you are trying to accomplish each day. On the other side of the coin, the coaches know the veteran kids better, and know what they can do and what their abilities are.
"Case in point, when you are looking for individuals who can play a certain position, like personal protector for your punter (the player immediately in front of the punter), you know what kids have the particular skills necessary to play that position.
"Coming in to this season I have said, and I'll stand behind it, I believe we are going to have a better football team. We're improving everyday."
A few individuals, who Glenn feels have stood out in the first few days of drills, are UW's new punter, junior Adam Brooks; junior quarterback Corey Bramlet; and redshirt sophomore wide receiver Dustin Pleasant. Also, sophomore cornerback Derrick Martin and true freshman defensive back Julius Stinson have caught the coach's eye.
"Adam Brooks is absolutely bombing the ball," said Glenn. "Corey (Bramlet) is everything and more that I thought he would be. Dustin Pleasant has been a 'pleasant' surprise. In one-on-one drills, Derrick Martin has stood out, and Julius Stinson has also made some unbelievable plays for a young guy.
"Although it is hard to say until we start scrimmaging, I think the fact that our defensive line is much improved will come to light when we scrimmage. We will be pretty athletic up front on defense, and that is a key for us this year. We must do a better job of stopping the run."
Although the Cowboys will be in full pads for the first time on Sunday, Glenn said that practice would not change a great deal from the previous four practices.
"We don't do many drills that involve hitting below the waist. We try to thud up, and keep people off the ground during practice to prevent any unnecessary injuries.
"Once we get into full pads it will be good to see how guys carry that extra weight. You can start to measure a little bit more where an individual's stamina is once you get the pads on."
Practices have been following a schedule of approximately 45 minutes of individual drills, followed by group work by position for around an hour and 15 minutes and finally team sessions for the last 30 minutes.
Following Sunday's first day in full pads, Monday's schedule will see the Pokes conduct their first day of two-a-day practices. The Cowboys will practice at both 9 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. on Monday.
The first scrimmage of the fall is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 21 at 10 a.m. in the morning.
All Wyoming Football practices are open to the public.