The first day of summer is upon us, and it’s that time of year when many sports fans are counting the days until football season — more specifically college football season.
Many of the preseason college football publications are out there, and as you probably can imagine, junior running back Brian Hill is getting a lot of attention.
Lindy’s college football preview magazine lists Hill as the 18th-best running back in the country. Twenty-five running backs were ranked, and two other running backs in the Mountain West were ranked ahead of Hill — San Diego State senior Donnel Pumphrey was eighth and Boise State junior Jeremy McNichols was 17th.
Long-time Denver Post sports writer Natalie Meisler did the MW previews for Lindy’s, and has been for while. She picked the Cowboys to finish third in the Mountain Division, behind Boise State and Air Force. She said UW is a “dark horse special contingent on rapid maturation of young participants.”
This is what UW offensive line coach Scott Fuchs said recently about Ebbsen’s progress this spring: “I think he’s progressing very well right now. There’s a difference between playing (center) for the first time and being a savvy veteran. I don’t think we’re quite there yet. But his willingness and eagerness to learn is going to aid him quite a bit down the stretch. He’s taking a ton of reps, and every rep counts.”
When watching Andrew Wingard play free safety for Wyoming, what do you immediately think of?
Obviously, just how hard and well he plays the game. As a true freshman last season, Wingard earned First Team Freshman All-America honors by the Football Writers Association of America. He also was a Second Team All-Mountain West selection as he ranked first in the conference and fourth in the nation with 6.9 solo tackles per game (83 total). Wingard also was second in the conference and 12th nationally with 10.2 tackles per contest (122 total).
But what else? It has to be his long, blonde hair.
This year marks the 50-year anniversary that Texas Western (now known as UTEP) defeated Kentucky 72-66 to win the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
It was the first time in the history of the game that Texas Western started five black players.
Did you know one of those Texas Western players has a tie to the University of Wyoming?
Nevil Shed ended up being an assistant coach at UW in the 1970s for coach Moe Radovich. This information came from Jim Kearns, UW communications specialist. Kearns said Shed was likely one of the first, if not the first, black coaches at UW.
That game will be aired twice this week on ESPN networks, will full coverage of every basket. The first airing is at 5:30 p.m. MT on ESPN. It will re-air at 9 a.m. Sunday on ESPN2.
Shaun Wick doesn’t plan on changing the way he runs the ball.
The Wyoming senior running back missed the last eight games last season due to concussions. He received a medical redshirt waiver from the NCAA to return in 2016 and he’s been impressive so far through three spring practices for the Cowboys.
But there is something Wick wants to avoid.
“I feel the same. I’m still a one-cut-and-go guy. Just staying phyical but avoiding those head-to-head hits,” Wick said.
That’s easier said than done for a running back, let alone anyone who plays football at any position.