Rain Hampers Cowboys' First Padded Practice

Aug. 13, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo -

Ah, the popping of pads, it is beautiful music to the ears of football coaches, players and fans.

Mother Nature wasn't so keen on it Saturday, however. On the first day in pads for the Wyoming Cowboys, weather was one of the major stories. It was the Pokes' fifth practice of fall camp.

Everything was going along just fine during the afternoon when a huge thunderstorm, complete with lightening, chased the Cowboys inside War Memorial Fieldhouse.

"The weather didn't cooperate with us today," Head Coach Joe Glenn said following the three-hour, rain-delayed afternoon. "But before the storm hit we were able to install things in our kicking game, and get some other things done. About all you can say is that we got through it."

Wyoming will try to do more of the same Sunday, another padded single practice. Twice daily practices will begin on Monday.

While it is still early in the evaluation process, Glenn said that he has been pleased with everything he's seen. "The good guys have been good, and we've seen some excellent work from some of the younger players. But it's really hard to say who's playing well and who isn't until we have a scrimmage, and we can evaluate at ramming speed."

That scrimmage will come Wednesday morning, the first of two major editions during this fall camp for the Cowboys. The workout is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.

Glenn said he believes that as fall camp progress, the Poke running backs are progressing as well. "It's a committee right now," he said of the position. "We're not going to know much until we have that scrimmage. Then we can evaluate who's one, two, three or four."

The head coach did say that he was "99 percent certain" that senior running back Joseph Harris would redshirt this season. Not only has he been recovering from knee surgery, but he lost the tip of the middle finger on his left hand in a kitchen accident while at home.

"We're not totally sure yet," Glenn said about Harris' status. "But I am 99 percent certain that he will take his redshirt this season."

Without question, this first week of practice has been a little different without the traditional "two-a-days". Not only are the players fresher, but they've been able to utilize the morning as a teaching "walk-through" session. "We walk-through a lot of plays during that hour in the morning, and that has become an exellent teaching time for our coaches, and a learning time for our players. It might be even a little more helpful than the two-a-day."

Wyoming will open the 2005 season at Florida on Sept. 3. That's a 4 p.m. game mountain time. The Cowboys open the home season on Sept. 10, hosting Louisiana-Monroe at 1 p.m. That will be "Bowl Reunion Weekend".