Aug. 17, 2004
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Head Coach Joe Glenn, and his Wyoming football team are counting down the days.
"Do you realize there are only 19 days left before that first game," Glenn told his team following the first of two practices on Monday. "We must use that time to make ourselves better."
While "two-a-days" aren't what they used to be, they remain difficult. A single practice every other day (by NCAA legislation) now breaks up the grinder that once was two practices per day.
"We still have to grind it," Glenn says. "That's the only way I know how to do it. It does help having a single practice every other day, but those days with two are tough. We know that we'll enter Saturday's scrimmage (10 a.m. in War Memorial Stadium) with some heavy legs. That's part of it. We might back off a little bit prior to that last scrimmage next Thursday (Aug. 26)."
Glenn has not been displeased with his squad's fall camp. He indicated he loves the work ethic, and enthusiasm. He also believes there are some new players in the program who are going to make a major contribution. "I told them this morning that it is the little things that make a team successful. We are working on the little things.
"There are a number of new players in the program who are going to make significant contributions."
Glenn singled out several individuals who either were not in a Wyoming uniform a year ago, or played sparingly.
"Believe me there are a lot of guys who are doing what we expect," Glenn says. "But there are a good number of individuals who look like they will make a major contribution. We really like what we've seen from Tyler Holden (RSo., Littleton, Colo.) at wide receiver. He's has been raising the level of play of our offense. We really like Joseph Harris (Jr., Olathe, Kan.) and Wynel Seldon (Fr., Murphy, Texas) at running back. Harris is really coming on, and Wynel is causing some heads to turn. Devin Moore (Fr., Indianapolis, Ind.) has a chance to make an impact at a receiver spot. I have to throw Corey (Bramlet, Jr., Wheatland) in this mix because he's like a new guy, and he is playing very well. He is running the offense like he has been there forever. He is playing with a great deal of confidence.
"On defense, Dorsey Golston (So., Kansas City, Mo.) is having a great camp. He is certainly making his presence felt as is Dusty Hoffschneider (RJr., Littleton, Colo.). I think guys like Ron Rockett (Jr., Escondido, Calif.) and Brandon Bell (Jr., San Diego, Calif.) look like they are going to be able to give us a lift in the secondary. We really like Adam Brooks (Jr., Vermillion, S.D) punting the football. He is definitely a new guy who will play an important role for us."
Practices have been running much smoother than a year ago, according to Glenn, because everyone, coaches and players alike, are familar with each. That familarity comes in especially handy during two-a-days when fatigue sets in. "They know what to expect, and we as coaches know what to expect from them," Glenn says.. "When coaches have been around a program together like our group, and they need a player to fill a spot, they absolutely know who can get it done. That's very important. We were able to hit the ground running."