UW vs. UNLV football preview: Notes, quotes and video

My top key for Wyoming Saturday in its season-finale football game against UNLV:

Balanced offense: Wyoming needs to run the ball, but it also needs to get the pass game going. A big reason why the Cowboys have scored 10 points over their last two games is that the production through the air hasn’t been there. The weather will be cold and more geared toward running the ball, but UW can’t be one dimensional and must make some plays throwing the ball.

Here are more keys in my preview video:

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Cowboys’ O-line showing progress, will return experience

Two of the eight seniors on the Wyoming football roster are seniors — guard Troy Boyland and center Rafe Kiely.

Troy Boyland

Troy Boyland

However, in offensive line coach Scott Fuchs’ mind, he returns five starting offensive linemen for the 2016 season.

That’s because sophomore Charlie Renfree started the first 10 games this season at center. Kiely did some good things in practice late in the season, and Renfree was a bit banged up. Kiely started in UW’s Nov. 14 game at San Diego State and will start in the Cowboys’ season-finale Saturday at home against UNLV. Renfee and Kiely have split time in UW’s first 10 games, but Renfree saw most of the playing time.

Boyland started in nine of 11 games, but true freshman Kaden Jackson started two. And, both have played in all 11 games this season. Boyland moved from defensive line to offensive line this season.

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UW senior defensive ends mean more than just stats

There are only eight seniors on the Wyoming football roster, and two of the more well-known and successful ones are defensive ends Eddie Yarbrough and Siaosi Hala’api’api.

Eddie Yarbrough

Eddie Yarbrough

Their efforts on the field have been impressive.

Yarbrough is UW’s career leader with 37 tackles for loss, and is eighth with 20.5 quarterback sacks. Yarbrough also is tops in the Mountain West in tackles for defensive linemen this season with 5.2 per game.

Hala’api’api — known as Osi among his teammates — has 120 career tackles. He moved from linebacker to defensive end as a sophomore in 2013.

Both are team captains, and have meant a lot to this team and coaching staff than just their statistics.

“They’re just great guys and great friends,” said redshirt senior quarterback Cameron Coffman, who has been at UW for two years.

Siaosi Hala'api'api

Siaosi Hala’api’api

“They’re very relational people. Eddie is super nice and kind to everyone. Same with Osi. Me and Osi worked at golf course together this summer (in Laramie). He doesn’t complain and just works every day. He’s more of a quiet guy,but he’s fun to be around. Once you talk to him he’s fun, he laughs a lot and is always having a good time.”

For more on Yarbrough and Hala’api’api, see Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.

Media Monday: UW looks to send seniors out on winning note

The final news conference and interview session with players and assistant coaches had a definite theme at Wyoming Monday — beating UNLV and sending the eight seniors out on a winning note.

Cameron Coffman

Cameron Coffman

“They’ve just been great friends and great leaders on this team,” said redshirt senior quarterback Cameron Coffman about the other seven seniors. Coffman is in his second year at UW after transferring from Indiana in 2014. “I’m really proud of those guys. It’s easy to quit, easy to give in when you have a season like we are (1-10 overall, 1-6 Mountain West). But they continue to lead, work had and continue to be great role models for the young guys. That’s what I’m most proud of with those guys.”

UW defensive ends coach AJ Cooper has two of the Cowboys’ most well-known seniors in Eddie Yarbrough and Siaosi Hala’api’api. Both have played in more than 40 games in their careers, and both also are team captains.

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AP College Football Poll: How I voted

More shake-up in college football this past week. Here’s is how I voted in The Associated Press poll compared to the official one that came out Sunday afternoon:

My poll                                                  Official poll

1. Clemson                                            1. Clemson

2. Alabama                                            2. Alabama
3. Oklahoma                                          3. Iowa
4. Notre Dame                                       4. Notre Dame
5. Michigan State                                  5. Oklahoma
6. Baylor                                               6. Michigan State
7. Iowa                                                 7. Baylor
8. Ohio State                                        8. Ohio State
9. Michigan                                           9. Oklahoma State
10. North Carolina                               10. Florida
11. Oklahoma State                             11. North Carolina
12. Florida State                                  12. Michigan
13. Florida                                           13. Stanford
14. Stanford                                        14. Florida State
15. Navy                                             15. TCU
16. Northwestern                                16. Navy
17. TCU                                              17. Northwestern
18. Oregon                                         18. Oregon
19. Mississippi                                    19. Mississippi
20. Washington State                         20. Washington State
21. Mississippi State                           21. Houston
22. UCLA                                            22. UCLA
23. Toledo                                          23. Mississippi State
24. Houston                                       24. Toledo
25. Temple                                         25. Temple

UW plans to make good use of bye week

Perhaps it is better late than never in terms of a bye week for Wyoming football.

The Cowboys are off this week before they play their last game a week from Saturday at home against UNLV.

Here’s what coach Craig Bohl had to say about the bye week, last week’s game with San Diego State and even some stuff about recruiting from his weekly news conference Monday.

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Adams vs. Brown a match-up to watch tonight for UW men’s basketball

Wyoming fans know the importance senior guard Josh Adams is to this team, and has been the last few seasons.

Josh Adams

Josh Adams

Adams is UW’s lone senior and team captain. Among the returning players he leads the team with 12.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.

When the Cowboys play their first road game of the season Monday night at Indiana State, it’s likely Adams will go up against a similar player for Sycamores in senior guard Devonte Brown.

Adams and Brown are both 6-foot-2 and between 190 and 195 pounds. Both are the point guards for their teams, but both also play shooting guard. Brown led Indiana State last season with 11.9 points and 3.3 assists,and was tops in minutes played. Brown scored 25 points in Indiana State’s 72-70 season-opening home loss to IUPUI last Friday.

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AP College Football Poll: How I voted

A lot of changes in The Associated Press top 25 college football poll this week. Here’s my poll compared to the official one that was released on Sunday, Nov. 15

My poll                                        Real poll

1. Clemson                                  1. Clemson

2. Alabama                                  2. Ohio State
3. Ohio State                               3. Alabama
4. Oklahoma                                4. Oklahoma State
5. Notre Dame                             5. Notre Dame
6. Oklahoma State                      6. Iowa
7. Iowa                                        7.Oklahoma
8. Michigan State                        8. Florida
9. Michigan                                 9. Michigan State
10. Baylor                                   10. Baylor
11. TCU                                      11. TCU
12. Florida                                  12. North Carolina
13. North Carolina                      13. Houston
14. Houston                               14. Michigan
15. Florida State                         15. Stanford
16. Stanford                               16. Florida State
17. Navy                                    17. LSU
18. Northwestern                       18. Utah
19. LSU                                     19. Navy
20. Wisconsin                            20. Northwestern
21. USC                                    21. Wisconsin
22. Utah                                    22. USC
23. Oregon                               23. Oregon
24. Washington State               24. Washington State
25. Arkansas                            25. Mississippi

UW at San Diego State football: Notes, quotes and video

My top key for Wyoming Saturday at San Diego State; kickoff is at 8:30 p.m. MT at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

Good start: Something Wyoming hasn’t done much of this season. During their three-game losing streak the Cowboys have fallen behind 17-0 after the first quarter twice, and allowed 48 points in the first quarter in all three contests. UW needs to play its best game from start to finish to have a chance to win, but another poor start will lead to yet another double-digit loss. By the way, all of the Cowboys’ nine losses this season have been by double digits.

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