Tempo continues to be emphasis for Cowboys

Wyoming’s third spring football practice was held Monday morning at the school’s indoor  practice facility, and coach Dave Christensen said his team still isn’t practicing as fast as he would like.

“We have to be able to practice faster,” he said. “We are a little bit worried about getting tired, how much longer do we have to go and how hard (does a player) have to go in this drill. We will continue to work on it. It is not where we want it to be, but we are slowly making progress.”

But there is some progress. Christensen said 128 plays were scripted to be run Monday. UW ran 140.

UW’s offensive line, no matter who was in there, had a rough day. For more on that, and  how the team is looking at the center position, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to www.wyosports.net.

The team practiced in shoulder pads and helmets Monday, and it will be in full pads for the first time on Wednesday.

One highlight was a long touchdown throw from junior quarterback Brett Smith to junior receiver Trey Norman, who beat junior cornerback Blair Burns.

Junior safety Chad Reese intercepted Smith during an earlier team period.

Sophomore quarterback Jason Thompson had a nice long throw to redshirt freshman receiver Tanner Simpson of Lander. Junior tight end Riley Lange and junior receiver Keenan Montgomery had nice blocks on a short pass to redshirt freshman receiver Eric Nzeocha that went for a big gain.

Smith said for the first time in his life he weighs more than 200 pounds — 200.2 pounds to be exact. Smith said he has done some research on his own and is committed to putting on more weight, and would like to be at 210 pounds by fall camp in August.

With practices at 8 a.m., part of Smith’s weight-gain plan calls for him to wake up at 5 a.m. and get 800 to 1,000 calories in him prior to practice. He also said he tries to eat whenever he can — regular means, between classes, etc.

UW will scrimmage for about 20-25 plays on Friday morning, Christensen said. The first major scrimmage of spring drills is a week from Wednesday at 8 a.m.

2 thoughts on “Tempo continues to be emphasis for Cowboys

  1. Does this emphasis on tempo translate into faster running game? It has been painful to watch a running play develop so slowly that opposing defenses see it coming… It has been anemic for as long as DC has been at UW. It would be awesome to see the pokes rip it with running game…

    • I have seen a lot of zone-read running plays so far in practice. Will get a better read of how “fast” the running game will be in scrimmages.


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