No. 18 Nebraska poses plenty of challenges on the field for the University of Wyoming football team Saturday.
And so does the weather.
The forecast for Lincoln, Neb., Saturday is a high of 98 degrees with 58 percent humidity. By the time the game kicks off at 7 p.m. local time, the temperature should be cooler but probably in the mid to high 80s.
UW has played in hot and humid conditions in the past: last year and 2010 at Texas, and in 2009 at Florida Atlantic. The Cowboys handled the heat and humidity well then, and coach Dave Christensen doesn’t think it will be an issue Saturday, either.
“It will be the same program we have used every year,” Christensen said. “The humidity hasn’t been an issue for us yet, so we don’t imagine it will be too much of a problem Saturday night.”
UW practiced for around two hours Wednesday morning in War Memorial Stadium.
“It’s a grind out here on Tuesdays and Wednesdays,” Christensen said. “We get a lot of reps in, probably close to 120 on each side.”
Players will lift and have meetings Thursday, and a light practice Friday before boarding a plane and flying to Lincoln. Once they are there, Christensen said they will have dinner, go to a movie have a team meeting and go to bed.
A few news and notes from Wednesday’s practice:
–Junior starting cornerback Tyran Finley left practice for a little bit with a limp after he dropped a punt. He later returned and participated in the rest of practice. True freshman Tim Hayes replaced Finley at cornerback when he was gone.
–Christensen said Monday that junior free safety Chad Reese won’t play this week due to an injury suffered during camp. Others who were injured in camp or prior to that who won’t play include junior safety Jesse Sampson, junior defensive end Riley Lange and redshirt freshman defensive end Sam Awrabi.
–Junior cornerback Blair Burns intercepted a pass in the end zone thrown by sophomore backup quarterback Jason Thompson. Senior safety Marqueston Huff also intercepted a pass thrown by true freshman and scout team QB Tommy Thornton.
–Junior starting quarterback Brett Smith continued to look sharp. He threw a nice touchdown pass to junior receiver Jalen Claiborne during a red zone team period.
–Junior strong safety Darrenn White and redshirt freshman receiver Eric Nzeocha collided and were shaken up. Both were participating in separate team periods, and a long pass lured Nzeocha near White. Both were fine and continued to practice.
For more on UW-Nebraska football, and more on the start of the college football season, see Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net. Also, join me (Robert Gagliardi) at 3 p.m. Thursday for a live chat on UW sports. Check the blog and wyosports.net for the link.