Aug. 15, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Wyoming closed out its first full week of fall football camp on Monday with its initial two-a-day practice.
Head Coach Joe Glenn deemed things to be right on schedule as the Cowboys alternate single practices with two-a-days. Tuesday will be a single practice, for example, and Wednesday will be two.
"I thought everyone handled the first one very well," Glenn said, of the first double. "Nobody looks forward to two-a-days, but our players understand their importance. We are able to install that much more with the extra practice. It's another practice on our game field. We still have some things to install offensively, defensively and on special teams, but we are right on the schedule we planned."
Coach and players alike are looking forward to the first scrimmage of camp, on Wednesday.
As always that will be a very important practice. It is one of two that day, scheduled for 10 a.m.
"I think our kids are doing a great job of handling what we have been installing," Glenn said. "This is always a difficult time of the year for our players because there is so much installation to be done. But Wednesday gives everyone a break from the installing, and an opportunity to showcase what they have been learning.
"Every scrimmage is important," Glenn continued. "But the first one of fall camp always gives coaches, and players a chance to evaluate where everyone is. This will be a critical evaluation period for us. It will be particularily important for our running backs."
Glenn said the Cowboys will continue to scrimmage as he has in the past, with an eye toward practicing the plays that have been installed. "Everyone understands that we are not scheming to beat Wyoming. We want to utilize the day for evaluation purposes."
One of the highlights of Monday's two practices was kicker Deric Yaussi. The senior place-kicker hit a couple of 60-yard field goals, both into the wind. Glenn is very pleased with the progress of Yaussi. But he isn't the only Cowboy pleasing to Glenn.
"Taber LeMarr (sophomore receiver) and Jacob Doss (sophomore quarterback) have been catching and throwing the ball very well so far. We've been pleased with the work of the team's new father, C.J. Brewer (senior receiver), on special teams. C.J.'s daughter, Caydence Marie, was born last Thursday.
"Defensively there have been a number of guys who have played well. Mike Groover (junior defensive end) has been doing good things up front. Brandon Bell (senior cornerback) has filled in very well for Terrance Butler (sidelined with an ankle sprain). Both Julius Stinson (sophomore corner) and Quincy Rogers (redshirt freshman free safety) have been making plays in the secondary. We remain pleased with the work of Sean Claffey (sophomore linebacker).
While receiver Josh Barge (ankle) and cornerback Terrance Butler (ankle) remain on the shelf, most of Wyoming's injuries thus far have been the typical fall camp hamstring and muscle pulls, according to Glenn.
The head coach said Monday that the Cowboy squad would vote for team captains on Friday, Sept. 26.