Even the the least-knowledgeable football fans can watch No. 2 Oregon — on tape, on TV or live — and see it a talented group.
First-year Wyoming coach Craig Bohl echoed those sentiments prior to Tuesday’s practice.
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“They have a quarterback that when he runs around makes five guys miss,” said Bohl about Oregon junior and Heisman Trophy candidate Marcus Mariota. “You look at his physical dimensions and he’s 6-4. One of their receivers is the fastest high-hurdler in the country (Devon Allen). … I can go on and on.”
Added Bohl about Mariota: “Beyond his athleticism, which is exceptional, I think he makes really good decisions. He’s been operating in that system for a long time, and he understands it well.”
Senior Sam Stratton and senior-to-be Cameron Coffman, who is sitting out this season after transferring from Indiana, are Mariota on the Cowboys’ scout team this week.
Bohl said UW will work on the crowd noise it will face Saturday at Autzen Stadium, one of the loudest stadiums in the nation. During the early portions of Tuesday’s practice, the offensive line did some work with silent counts.
While UW has a lot to prepare for, but Bohl was quick to point out that there is more the Cowboys have to consider in this game — and any game.
“Let’s do the things that we do best. Let’s dance with what brung us. Let’s put our players in position to make plays and to excel. Those are the things we can control, and it’s been my experience through the years that those are the things that give you the best opportunity to win no matter what situation you are in. That will be our M.O.”
The game will be a test of offensive tempo. Oregon wants to speed things up and UW wants to slow things down.
“It’s going to be important that we play our game and not adapt to their game because we won’t adapt well. That’s not us,” Bohl said. “On the flip side we hope they don’t adapt well to our game, either.”
Oregon’s foe last week, No. 13 Michigan State, was believed to be that slow-it-down and grind it out offense. The Spartans led 27-18 early in the third quarter before the Ducks scored the game’s lst 28 points.
Can UW slow the game down and disrupt Oregon enough Saturday? Not many think so as the early line has the Cowboys about a 43-point underdog.
And, can the Cowboys be more balanced on offense? It ran for 209 against Montana in the opener and threw for only 92. Against Air Force it ran for only 51 and threw for 282.
“If we throw the ball 80 percent of the time, I don’t think that’s a recipe for success,” Bohl said. “We can’t put the ball in the air 60-some times a game and be successful.”
Got word that UW will use white jerseys and gold pants during road games this season.
And, the UW wrestling team was out on the turf at War Memorial Stadium getting some work in. As it got closer to football practice it looked like the wrestlers took to running inside the stadium.
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