Here are some highlights from Monday’s news conference and interview sessions with Wyoming football coach Dave Christensen and selected players:
–Christensen said the Cowboys must play “great team defense” against a Bowling Green team Saturday that’s averaged 45 points over its first two games. To do that, UW must pressure the quarterback, not leave receivers open and stop the run.
–In his first two years as the offensive coordinator at Missouri in 2001-02, Christensen lost to Bowling Green twice. That’s when current UW offensive coordinator Gregg Brandon was the offensive coordinator at BG for former coach Urban Meyer. Brandon also was Bowling Green’s head coach from 2003-08. More on Brandon going back to Bowling Green later this week.
–No new injuries to report this week, and sophomore tight end Spencer Bruce is expected to return to practice for the first time since an injury in the second scrimmage of fall camp.
–Team captains this week are junior defensive lineman Mike Purcell and junior running back Ghaali Muhammad.
–Redshirt freshman walk-on punter Austin Woodward from Sheridan left the team to concentrate on school. Woodward had yet to play in a game for the Cowboys.
–Christensen said Bowling Green’s front four on defense is as strong and gets good pressure on the quarterback without blitzing. After watching Bowling Green’s first two games, Christensen said the Falcons blitzed about 20 percent of the time.
–Christensen on the Mid-American Conference, where he was an assistant coach from 1992-2000 at Toledo: “They’re every bit as good as the people we have to play in the Mountain West. I watch the MAC teams beat BCS teams every single year.”
–UW played eight defensive linemen last week.
For more UW-Bowling Green coverage, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle. And, check in Tuesday morning for the latest UW player video interview. Hint, I think you will enjoy this next one.