Aug. 23, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Saturday's two hour workout in War Memorial Stadium signaled the end of what Head Coach Joe Glenn called a highly successful fall camp for his Wyoming football team.
Saturday's practice included special teams work, seven on seven and team work. The scout teams gave Wyoming's offensive and defensive units a good picture of Montana State's looks on both sides of the ball, a team with which Glenn is very familar.
"This is obviously a huge game for our program," Glenn said following Saturday's practice. "But we are taking out the rivalry thing we had while we were at Montana. This is about our kids, not us coaches. We need to get that feel-good feeling that comes with winning for these kids. They have done everything we have asked them to do. This is about our fans, and our guys, getting a victory.
"Montana State is a good football team. They have a veteran, outstanding defense, and a great quarterback (Travis Lulay). They have a lot of good football players. Like all of us, they have some question marks, especially in their backfield, and at receiver. But that is a well-coached defense that gave us a lot of trouble last year (MSU beat Montana, 10-7, in the final regular-season game of the year.). They pack the box on you, and force you to throw the football."
Following Saturday's practice Glenn announced to the squad the captains for Wyoming's 2003 team. By vote of the team, quarterback Casey Bramlet (Sr., Wheatland) was selected on the offensive side, and linebacker Tyler Gottschalk (Sr., Hays, Kans.) for the defense. In addition, Glenn said there would be one special teams player picked each week as well as one additional senior.
"I'm really happy for the kids we elected," Glenn said. "But each of our seniors received votes so that's why each will be a captain in addition to our regular captians. Our seniors, as a group, are great leaders. It wasn't easy for them to place trust in a new coaching staff, but they have bought into us. I'm proud of all the seniors, and glad they will represent us as captains in each game."
Glenn said he was extremely pleased with his team's fall camp. "Well, number one we didn't have any surgeries. That's terrific. Secondly, we got a lot done. Everyone was on point, and worked very hard. I'm real proud of the effort. They need a rest, and to get away from us. That's why we are giving them tonight and tomorrow off before we get back at it on Monday."
The head man said the, "hay isn't in the barn yet". He indicated his team needs to spend game week getting together on assignments and applying more polish to what they have learned. He had special praise for his defense, however.
"I think the defense has been sterling," Glenn said. "I believe in them. Now we need to see it on game-day. We basically have the same kids, and they gave up 490 yards and 38 points per game last year. But you add an outstanding scheme, and a coordinator (Mike Breske) who is special, and you've really got something. Our coaches have built confidence in these kids. We're all very anxious to see how they perform."
Offensively, Glenn said that Drew Severn (So., Glendale, Ariz.) and Jason Karcher (RFr., Tempe, Ariz.) will be playing it out to see who starts at right guard, the spot vacated when starter Henry Randle was declared academically ineligible.
"That starting spot will probably come down to either Karcher or Severn, a couple of young guys. "We have seen nothing but heart, commitment, and effort from those two. So we will see how it plays out this week. We basically have seven guys who will rotate in that offensive line."
Glenn said his team had a great time Friday night with the "Rookie Show" during which newcomers put on skits for the squad. "I think it was the best one I have ever seen," he said. "We've got a lot of cleaver guys with very good senses of humor. In terms of team building, and team culture we are in great shape. I feel like our team is really tight right now."
The Cowboys will resume practice Monday for Saturday's opener. Kickoff in War Memorial Stadium is set for 2 p.m.