Young ready to help UW defense any way he can

Bill Young, Wyoming’s new quality control staff member in football, got to Laramie Sunday and was quickly put to work.

“I was up at 3:45 a.m. (Monday morning) because Jamar is a worker,” Young said with a laugh about interim UW defensive coordinator Jamar Cain.

The uniform combination for Wyoming's home game with Fresno State Saturday, which UW is promoting as a "white out" game. Photo by Robert Gagliardi/WyoSports

The uniform combination for Wyoming’s home game with Fresno State Saturday, which UW is promoting as a “white out” game. Photo by Robert Gagliardi/WyoSports

Part of the reason Young was up that early is because UW practices during the morning hours this season. The long-time defensive coach and defensive coordinator at the college level attended UW’s Monday morning practice.

So what exactly does a quality control staff member do?

First, Young is not a full-time staff member. NCAA rules allow colleges to have nine full-time assistant coaches. Even though UW fired defensive coordinator Chris Tormey last week, it promoted graduate assistant Dwain Crawford to full-time status for the rest of the season to help cornerbacks coach Renaldo Hill with UW’s defensive backs.

Second, Young is not allowed to coach players. He can sit in meetings, watch film, attend practices and games and offer ideas to the coaching staff.

Cain said he talked to Young a lot during UW’s bye week, and while he was recruiting back in California. He also said Young has been a great asset to him after just a few days.

Young said he thought UW’s players “flew around” during Monday’s practice. A college assistant since 1976 — mostly as a defensive coordinator, Young said he would like to get back into full-time coaching again. Perhaps he lands at UW after this season?

Here is a video interview with Young:


For more on Young, Cain and possible changes from the defense, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.

Some other news and notes from Monday’s interview session with UW players and coaches:

— Junior defensive end Riley Lange (foot) had season-ending surgery recently. Lange broke the foot in fall camp and hasn’t played in any games this season. UW will apply for a medical redshirt for Lange. No other players were listed on the injury report Monday.

Wyoming will go with an all white helmet and Steamboat logo for its "white out" game Saturday against No. 17 Fresno State. Photo by Robert Gagliardi/WyoSports

Wyoming will go with an all white helmet and Steamboat logo for its “white out” game Saturday against No. 17 Fresno State. Photo by Robert Gagliardi/WyoSports

— “If you’re in good shape it can be a factor if you allow it to be. If not, it can kill you,” said Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter on Laramie’s altitude.

— UW coach Dave Christensen compared Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr to another quarterback he coached while at Missouri — Chase Daniel. “He understands the game. He knows where  he’s going with ball. He can make quick decisions and read defenses. He can run, is physical and has a strong arm that is accurate. He’s pretty much the total package.”

— Carr on UW junior quarterback Brett Smith: “He’s a great guy and a great person, but he has no effect on me. He’s not the guy blitzing me.”

—  UW senior free safety Marqueston Huff is now on his fourth different position coach. When he first arrived in 2010 he had Alex Grinch, who moved on to Missouri after the 2011 season. Tormey coached him last season and this season. Hill coached him some during the spring. Hill and Crawford will now coach him the rest of this season. “At the end of the day, for me, it’s just about playing football regardless of who is calling the shots,” he said.

— Christensen said the team will practice outdoors as much as it can this week since Saturday’s game with Fresno State will be at 8:15 p.m. The game also will be televised nationally on ESPN2:  “8:15 this time of year is a beautiful time in Laramie. The skies will be bright, the stars will be out. It will be a great evening,” Christensen said with a smile.

See Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang for more on UW football, and what the consulting firm UW hired to look at the football and men’s basketball program found. Also log on to wyosports.net for all that information.