No time to be frustrated

Wyoming football coach Dave Christensen isn’t happy his team, which is 4-5 overall and 2-3 in the Mountain West, has lost three in a row.

Wyoming's uniform combination for Saturday's game at Boise State. Photo by Robert Gagliardi/WyoSports

Wyoming’s uniform combination for Saturday’s game at Boise State. Photo by Robert Gagliardi/WyoSports

But he isn’t stewing about it.

“I can’t sit there and be frustrated,” said Christensen during his weekly interview session with the media Monday afternoon. “I have another game this week. We’re working on our problems right now and trying to solve them. Sitting around being frustrated is not going to anything for this week’s game.”

This week’s game is at Boise State (6-3, 4-1) at 8:15 p.m. Saturday. UW is 0-7 all-time against Boise State, including 0-3 under Christensen by a score of 132-36.

Christensen said the resolve around the team is still good, despite the losing streak. He said there remains trust among the coaches and players, and vice versa.

“I think our confidence is still there,” junior receiver Dominic Rufran said. “We have shown glimpses of what we can do, we just have to put it all together for four quarters. If we can do that we can do really well in these last three games. We have the confidence as a team that we can do that.”

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

— Christensen said senior running back Brandon Miller and junior strong safety Jesse Sampson are doubtful due to injuries suffered in last Saturday’s 48-10 home loss to Fresno State.

Wyoming's helmet for Saturday's game at Boise State. Photo by Robert Gagliardi/WyoSports

Wyoming’s helmet for Saturday’s game at Boise State. Photo by Robert Gagliardi/WyoSports

— Junior center Albert Perez and junior cornerback DeAndre Jones are slated to start this week. Jones started against Fresno State over true freshman Tim Hayes. Perez started the first five games, but has platooned with sophomore Rafe Kiely, who started the last four games.

— Rufran on playing on Boise State’s blue turf: “When you’re out there warming up it’s weird and awkward. By the time the first quarter is over you don’t notice it. You’re just out there playing and having fun.”

— Christensen said Boise State junior defensive end Demarcus Lawrence is the best pass rusher in the MW with 8.5 sacks and 13 tackles for loss.  “He’s pretty special. He’s long, rangy, athletic, physical, quick. Just what you don’t want to see if you’re an offensive tackle.”

— UW junior middle linebacker Jordan Stanton is the third-leading tackler in the nation (12.2 per game), but isn’t the leading tackler in the MW. San Jose State senior linebacker Keith Smith (13.6 tpg) is the leader. “I will be the leading tackler when the season is over.”

UW’s gave up 48 points and 600 yards against Fresno State last week, but the offense needs to do more to help the Cowboys’ undermanned defense. See Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net to read what Christensen said the offense needs to do better.

2 thoughts on “No time to be frustrated

  1. RG, in your other article you mentioned that the players seem to have lost confidence in what they do on offense and defense. Have the coaches lost the confidence of the players? Thanks.

    • I asked DC and some of the players today about the confidence factor and they all said it is still there across the board. Would have been surprised if they said it wasn’t. Still, as I watch this team, there doesn’t seem to be as much confidence there as they are letting on. That’s my observation, anyway.

      RG

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