Wyoming football coach Dave Christensen was asked how his team’s confidence is Monday after it lost its fourth straight game, 48-7, last Saturday night at Boise State.
It’s probably not very high,” Christensen said. “Anytime you have struggles it’s not going to be where you want it. But we going to keep working hard, prepare and try to come up with some answers. We have another game on Saturday, you can’t sit there and feel sorry for yourself.”
UW’s top goal, and really its only goal left this season is to get bowl eligible. At 4-6 overall and 2-4 in the Mountain West, UW needs to beat 0-10 Hawaii at home Saturday and win at 6-4 Utah State next week.
The Cowboys first need to worry about beating a Hawaii team, that despite being winless has lost four of its game by one score. Christensen said the Rainbow Warriors are big on defense, and there are some weapons on offense, in particular junior running back Joey Iosefa, a 6-foot, 240-pound bruiser, who had 150 yards and a touchdown in Hawaii’s 28-21 overtime loss to San Diego State at home last Saturday, and senior receiver and return specialist Chris Gant.
This will be the first time UW and Hawaii has played since 97, and the first time in Laramie since 1996. The Cowboys have won five straight in the series, and lead it 12-8.
Here are a few other news and notes from Monday’s interview session with players and coaches:
— Christensen said UW will try and sign between 10 and 12 junior college recruits for its 2014 class. Christensen hopes around eight of of those players can play right away, and possibly redshirt the others. He said there are “immediate needs” on both sides of the ball, but don’t you think most of the JC help will be on the defensive side of the ball.
— There will be a sports star at Saturday’s game. Michael Wacha, pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and older brother of UW redshirt freshman linebacker Lucas Wacha, will be there. This will be the first time Michael has seen his younger brother play football since Lucas was in high school. More on that later this week.
— Junior strong safety Jesse Sampson will miss the rest of the season due to injury. Sampson joins junior defensive end Riley Lange, junior cornerback Tyran Finley, sophomore offensive tackle Austin Traphagan, sophomore running back D.J. May, sophomore safety B.J. Hendrix and junior safety Darrenn White as players who suffered season-ending injuries this season. That’s a lot of defensive players, and interim coordinator Jamar Cain said UW is playing about 15 or 16 guys on defense right now, and for a while now.
–The good news on the injury front is senior left guard Tyler Strong is back, and junior left tackle Walker Madden is probable. Strong missed last week’s 48-7 loss at Boise State. Madden left the Boise State game early.
For more on UW football, and the men’s basketball game Monday night against Jackson State, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net. Also check back to this blog.