Aug. 20, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Wyoming's football team will go through a final dress-rehearsal scrimmage Thursday before turning its undivided attention toward Montana State Friday.
The Cowboys were originally scheduled to scrimmage Saturday, but accelerated the date to give themselves more preparation time for that season opener on August 30. Thursday's practice will begin at 10:30 a.m. in War Memorial Stadium. The workout will be open to everyone, "except Montana State fans", Head Coach Joe Glenn, with a grin on his face, said Wednesday between two-a-day practices.
Glenn and the coaching staff decided to alter their plans, "to give ourselves a little more time to prepare for the opener," he said. "It gives us a jump-start on our game-week preparation, plus if we get a nick here or there, we will have a little more recovery time."
The head man said the Cowboys would scrimmage somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 plays, 32 plays shorter than last Saturday's first scrum of fall camp.
Several front-line players will sit out Thursday's workout including three veteran receivers, Ryan McGuffey (Sr., Riverton), Malcom Floyd (Sr., Sacramento, Calif.) and Dustin Pleasant (So., Temple, Tex.).
With Wednesday's two-a-day session, the coaching staff has now installed the entire offense and defense. Thursday's scrimmage will include some of those final touches. "It will differ a little bit from last Saturday's," Glenn said. "We will concentrate a little more on goal-line situations. We also will spend time with our special teams."
Glenn said he anticipated the number one units receiving the "lion's share" of the work.
"We will be on stage tomorrow. This will be our final dress rehearsal. We love getting a chance to work in the stadium under game-like conditions."
Will Thursday's scrimmage be a stage on which starting jobs still may be won? "We'll," said the head coach, "I would say that nobody better go out there and lay any eggs. There's still excellent competition at some positions, but I think we are pretty well set. This is an important scrimmage for some back-up guys. If a guy has an extra special day it might mean more reps for him during the game. It might give him a better position in the rotation."
With Wednesday's work, the Cowboys finished their 16th consecutive day of fall camp. They will have one more two-a-day session on Friday, signaling the end of fall camp. They will begin full preparation for the Bobcats with a "scrimmage" Saturday. That workout will feature the starting units working against the Montana State scout team. That practice will get underway around 10:45 a.m., in the stadium.