Some Pokes hope for better Boise memories

Not many players on Wyoming’s current roster were around the last time the Cowboys played Boise State.

But four are from that 2007 game in Boise, Idaho, that UW lost 24-14.

“That’s where I caught my first pass,” said UW senior receiver David Leonard, who caught four passes for 36 yards that night as a true freshman.

Senior safety Chris Prosinski was a redshirt freshman and made one tackle, as was senior linebacker Alex Toney and he made two stops.

“That was a pretty big environment for me,” Prosinski said. “With all the different shifts and motions they run I was kind of lost in that game as a freshman.”

Another redshirt freshman, offensive guard Sam Sterner, made his fourth consecutive start. Sterner is now a senior and has made 38 starts in his career.

Boise State enters Saturday’s game in Laramie No. 3 in the country, and will be the second highest-ranked opponent to ever play at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium. The highest ranked was No. 2 Texas last year.

UW held its normal Monday news conference with coach Dave Christensen and interviews with select players. Everything was moved up 30 minutes so all could attend the memorial service for freshman linebacker Ruben Narcisse, 19, who died last Monday in an automobile accident. The service lasted nearly and hour in front of a packed UniWyo Sports Complex on campus. It was a moving and emotional event, and Narcisse’s parents, sister and a family minister from Miami were in attendance. Coach Cave Christensen was quite emotional when he got up and talked during the service.

Some other news and notes from Monday:

–Leonard said he didn’t notice any problems with cramping or dehydration in UW’s 34-7 loss at No. 6 Texas last Saturday due to the heat and humidity. He said it was really hot on the field, but thought he and his teammates held up well in that aspect.

–Sophomore quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels grew up with Boise State redshirt freshman backup quarterback Joe Southwick in California and described Southwick as a “good friend.”

–Prosinski continues to sport a beard he started growing in fall camp, which he said he did because he was too lazy to shave. Prosinski is keeping the beard well-groomed, and said he responded to the bragging junior defensive end Gabe Knapton was doing about the growth of his beard. “It’s a day-to-day and week-to-week thing,” Prosinski said. Christensen described Knapton as looking like Abe Lincoln last week, and Prosinski said he can’t pull off that look.

–No new injuries from the Texas game other than reserve offensive tackle Travis Hillen (Achillies) who won’t play this week.

–Less than 1,500 tickets remain for Saturday’s game. UW expects it to be sold out.

–CBS College Sports is shooting a behind-the-scenes show on UW football that will air a week from Friday at a time yet to be determined.

–Boise State coach Chris Peterson when asked Monday if he thinks his team will get caught up in the national speculation that the Broncos’ win on Labor Day over Virginia Tech is now diminished after Tech lost at home to FCS foe James Madison: “I hope not. We hear so much outside noise. You can never win. It just doesn’t matter. We’re past Virginia Tech and we don’t play Virginia Tech any more. We’re just worried about Wyoming.”

For more UW-Boise State coverage, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune-Eagle www.wyomingnews.com and Laramie Boomerang www.laramieboomerang.com.