UW-TCU Media Monday

Superman, a ninja, a Dallas Cowboys football player and a football playing zombie.

Those were some of the favorite Halloween costumes some of the Wyoming football players told me they wore when they were kids.

But there was plenty of football talk during UW’s weekly interview session with players and coaches. Coach Dave Christensen said Saturday’s game with TCU is the biggest home game for the program since he’s been here. Bigger than Texas and Nebraska since Saturday’s game is a battle of undefeated teams Mountain West play.

Agree or disagree? See more in Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang on this.

A few other nuggets from Monday:

–Christensen said UW’s kickoff coverage was “phenomenal” in last Saturday’s 30-27 win at San Diego State. He said the effort of players to avoid blocks and get off blocks was impressive, as was the direction and hang-time of the kickoffs.

–Christensen still has all the confidence in the world in true freshman kicker Daniel Sullivan, even though he’s missed an extra point in three straight games. But his 33-yard field goal was the game-winning points against San Diego State, and he’s made his last three field goals. More on Sullivan later this week.

–Christensen and defensive coordinator Marty English aren’t happy with the big plays the defense has allowed. Christensen said there were four against San Diego State. Two were the 99-yard touchdown run and 71-yard reception by sophomore running back Ronnie Hillman. Christensen didn’t say the others, but my guess would be the 44-yard touchdown pass to tight end Gavin Escobar on the Aztecs’ opening possession and a 43-yard run on a reverse by receiver Colin Lockett.

–Monday was a big day for true freshman quarterback Brett Smith. He was named the Co-Offensive Player of the Week in the MW along with Hillman. And, Smith is a candidate for the Manning Award Player of the Week. Smith is one of eight “Stars of the Week.” Fans can vote online until 8 a.m. MDT Thursday for this week’s winner. Other candidates for the award include Oklahoma’s Landry Jones, Stanford’s Andrew Luck, Houston’s Case Keenum and James Franklin of Missouri. For more information and to vote online, go to www.AllStateSugarBowl.or/ManningAward

–Slow down the run game, pressure the quarterback and score points offensively. Those were the keys to the game in Christensen’s opinion against TCU. He also said winning the turnover battle. For more most part, UW did all those things at San Diego State.

–Team captains this week are a pair of first-timers: sophomore receiver Brandon Miller and senior safety Tashaun Gipson

–True freshman cornerback Blair Burns, who is from Texas, said his cousin is former TCU running back Lonta Hobbs.

–Senior offensive guard Brandon Self is doubtful this week due to injury, and junior defensive tackle Mike Purcell is probable. Purcell played but didn’t start at San Diego State.