Nine UW players recognized by Phil Steele

Nine Wyoming football players made Phil Steele’s midseason All-Mountain West team, which was released today.

In my earlier Twitter post on this, I said there were eight. Sorry, math and counting were never my specialty. LOL

None made the first team, but three made the second team and six made the third team.

Senior defensive end Josh Biezuns, senior defensive tackle (now defensive end) Gabe Knapton and senior linebacker Brian Hendricks made the second team.

The third team consisted of true freshman quarterback Brett Smith, junior running back Ghaali Muhammad, sophomore receiver Robert Herron, junior defensive tackle Mike Purcell, junior defensive end (now middle linebacker) Korey Jones and junior safety Luke Anderson.

Smith beat out San Diego State senior Ryan Lindley for the third team spot at quarterback. Boise State’s Kellen Moore and TCU’s Casey Pachall made the first and second teams, respectively.

Here’s the link to the entire list http://www.philsteele.com/All_Conference/2011midseason/mountainwest.html

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Some leftover quotes from interviews with UW and UNLV coaches and players that didn’t make the newspaper this week:

–“I don’t care. (Hopefully) we can score early and often and force their offense to keep up with our offense.” — UW offensive coordinator Gregg Brandon when asked if he would like his offense to score fast or after methodical drives to help the Cowboys’ struggling defense.

–“It might put a little more pressure on us, but I feel we should score every time we have the ball.” — Herron on how he and the offense feels about how it needs to perform with a struggling defense.

–“Ben’s played a lot last year and this year. I’m pleased with the progress he’s made, but he’s going to have to out perform Kurt (Taufa’asau) and Miraldo (Michel) this week to keep that starting spot.” — coach Dave Christensen on the probable start at defensive tackle for junior Ben Durbin Saturday.

–“It’s one of those things where we’re just switching things up. We’re doing that at a lot of positions. We have confidence no matter who the quarterback is, so hopefully it will be a win-win for us.” — UNLV sophomore running back Bradley Randle on Sean Reilly getting his first start at quarterback for slumping sophomore Caleb Herring.

–“No, I just look at it as the next game on our schedule, the first conference game and an opportunity to get better and go out and produce.” — Christensen when asked this game was a bellwether game.

–“We’ve got to work into UNLV, and that’s how it needs to be. We need to play Wyoming football.” — junior safety Luke Ruff

See Saturday’s and Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang for complete coverage from the game.

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Ryan Thorburn, a UW gradate and a wonderful sports writer for the Boulder Daily Camera, will have a book signing in Laramie from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday at the UW Student Union for his new book: :Cowboy Up: Kenny Sailors, the Jump Shot and Wyoming’s Championship Basketball History.”

This is Thorburn’s third book on UW sports, and all are great reads. Sailors and former UW basketball great Marcus Bailey will be at the signing as well.