Notes and quotes from Wyoming’s Monday interview session with coach Dave Christensen and selected players and assistant coaches:
–“Two years ago we won a number of games that had nothing to do with our offense and defense. We won those games because of turnover margin and our kicking game. That was obviously the case last Saturday,” said Christensen on his team forcing six turnovers and blocking two kicks last Saturday at Bowling Green.
–Christensen said he talks to the players at least twice a week on turnovers and ball security. Will continue to do so, if not talk about it more.”
–Christensen said in the Bowling Green game there some “good, bad, ugly and really good.”
–On preparing to try to beat Nebraska, Christensen said there’s “very, very minimum room for error.”
–Christensen said “probably close to one-third” of the stadium will be in red, referring to Nebraska fans coming to the game.
–Senior defensive end Josh Biezuns said he first found out he was the co-Defensive Player of the Week in the Mountain West when he got a text message from his brother Monday morning. It was the second time Biezuns won the award. Biezuns is the first UW player to receive the MW’s weekly honor this season, and it’s the second in his career.
–Junior right offensive tackle Josh Leonard, who started the first two games, is out with an injury suffered late last week. He’s the only new player on the injury report. Biezuns is probable, and told me he will play. He wore a walking boot Monday from an injury suffered in the fourth quarter last Saturday that he played through.
–Christensen said Nebraska senior defensive tackle Jared Crick is a “phenomenal” player, but added “I promise you, the other three guys out there are pretty good, too.”
–Seniors Gabe Knapton (defensive line) and John Hutchins (offensive line) are this week’s captains.
See Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang for what some of the Nebraska players and coaches said about Wyoming on Monday. Also see what UW coaches think needs to be done to see improvement in the defensive secondary.
And, check back on the block throughout the week for videos of what some of the coaches and players have to say about the Nebraska game.