Cowboys' Final Dress Rehearsal Set for Thursday

Aug. 25, 2004

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Counting Wednesday's two-a-day session, Wyoming's football Cowboys have practiced 35 consecutive times. . .against each other.

"We need a game," Head Coach Joe Glenn said between practices on Wednesday. "We're excited about playing a game. Our coaches and players have worked extremely hard, and we're very anxious."

That game is coming, just nine days away, when the Cowboys open their 2004 campaign by hosting Appalachian State at War Memorial Stadium, on Sept. 4.

Prior to that opener, one final dress rehearsal awaits the Pokes on Thursday. Fall camp's second, and last, full scrimmage is set for War Memorial Stadium at 10 a.m. In case of rain, the practice would be moved to the North 40 practice facility.

The scrimmage will take on much the same look as last Saturday's, according to the head coach. The Cowboys will run between 60 and 80 plays from scrimmage in a situational setting. "We have installed some new things since Saturday that we want to take a look at," Glenn said. "We will probably go with many of the same situations that we scrimmaged last Saturday. Most of our positions are set, we just want to put a little more polish on what we are doing."

Following Thursday's practice, Wyoming's total focus will center on the Mountainaineers. "We will begin looking at the Appalachian State scout teams on Friday," Glenn said. "That will be our total focus. We really feel good about where we are right now. We are getting down to making decisions on our young guys in terms of who will redshirt, and who we will suit. We don't plan to make many, if any, position moves from now until the opener."

Wyoming will head into Thursday's scrimmage in excellent shape physically. The Cowboys will be very nearly at full strength for the practice, according to Glenn.

The Cowboys will begin single practices on Friday and move into their regular game-week preparation Monday.

Camp Notes: Head Coach Joe Glenn announced on Wednesday that Cowboy safety Jay McNeal (Tallahassee, Fla.) has been declared academically ineligible for his senior year. McNeal had been rehabilitating after undergoing knee surgery last spring. He completed his eligibility at Wyoming with 138 tackles in two seasons, while making 15 starts in 23 career games.