August 16, 1999
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
A bigger, and more physical Wyomingfootball team went through day two of fall camp on Monday, and Head CoachDana Dimel deemed the practices successful.
The Cowboys are practicing at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. with a kickingpractice at noon each day.
"We are probabaly starting as late as anyone in the country(pre-fall practice)," Dimel said after Monday's sessions. "Because of thatwe went harder on Sunday than we originally planned. Both days I've beenvery impressed with the attitude of this team. This is a team filled withveterans, and they are handling business very well.
"Practices during these first few days will be a little longer, anda little more intense," Dimel continued. "I told the team that things willbe very intense through Aug. 25, then we will slow things down. We willhave three scrimmages during that time, and keep things hard-hitting throughthat day. Then we will pull back a little bit."
Dimel was very pleased with the manner in which his team returnedfrom the summer break. "This is a bigger, more physical team than we havehad. There is a lot more bulk because they have done a great job of workingin the weight room this summer. What they must do is continue that kind ofeffort, not only in the weight room, but on the field."
Although it's early, the Cowboys already had several players on thesideline due to injury, and as is sometimes the case, the medical issue hitthe very area they could least afford it. . .the offensive line. Seniortackle Nate Selk will be out two weeks after undergoing a knee scope.Another offensive tackle, redshirt freshman Adam Goldberg twisted his kneeon Monday, and will be on the shelf for two weeks. Yet another o-lineman,sophomore guard Pat Hutchinson also sprained his knee Monday, his status wasundetermined until further examination.
"Obviously we need to remain healthy," Dimel said. "Fortunatelythose injuries aren't of a serious nature, but it does keep them out ofpractice. The offensive line is an area where we really can't afford tohave guys miss. Everyone needs to get as much practice in as possible."
The main areas of focus for the coaching staff are punting, anddepth in that offensive line and the secondary. Depth in the secondaryreceived a setback as well when junior college transfer cornerback JeanDugas did not qualify at Wyoming, and will enroll at a Division II school.Dimel was hoping he would fit into the secondary plan.
Of the newcomers, one who has stood out thus far is running backNate Scott. A jaycee transfer from the College of the Siskiyous inCalifornia, has looked very good thus far. "He has certainly made astatement thus far," Dimel said. His progress makes that super backposition even stronger."
Outside of the secondary and the offensive line, there is a goodunderstanding of the two deep in all other areas of the team, according tothe head coach. "We want to get that punting situation solidified as well,"Dimel said. "We are spending a great deal of time on our kicking game, andI feel confident it will sort itself out."
The Cowboys will conduct their first scrimmage of fall camp onThursday morning, Media Day on campus. They will scrimmage in War MemorialStadium at 9:30, then break for lunch before meeting with members of themedia in the afternoon.
Cowboy Notes: Head Coach Dana Dimel has announced his plan inreplacing receivers coach Derrick Shepard who died tragically two weeks ago.Travis Pride will continue to work with receivers, and a new graduateassistant, Tim LeRoy, will assist him. LeRoy has been a graduateassistant/football assistant at the Unviersity of Nebraska for the past twoyears. He is a graduate of Seattle University, and received his mastersdegree from Nebraska. Pride is in his fourth season as a member of thecoaching staff, and his first as a full-time assistant.
In addition, Dimel is elevating Wyoming native and UW graduateJustin Byleveld to an interim assistant position. Dimel said he would beginthe search for a full-time assistant in January. Byleveld works on thedefensive side of the ball.
Dimel also announced that the Cowboys will wear a decal on theirhelmets for the 1999 season in honor of Shepard. The decal is a buckinghorse without a rider. "It's tradition when someone close to us passesaway," Dimel said. "It's something our team wanted to do as a tribute toDerrick. Believe me he was really missed this first week, and his influenceon our players will be missed. But he will be with us during this season, Ican assure you of that."