MW Football Media Day – Mountain Division notes

Mountain West football media day activities ended Wednesday afternoon in Las Vegas as players and coaches from the six Mountain Division team — including Wyoming — spoke to numerous members of the media.

UW coach Craig Bohl was in good spirits, and like most coaches this time of year, is excited and enthusiastic about the upcoming season. But there are concerns — big-time concerns — with the Cowboys entering fall came on Aug. 10.

Here is a video interview with Bohl as he addresses some of those concerns and talks about some other things.

Senior defensive end Eddie Yarbrough and senior running back Shaun Wick were the two players UW brought to media day. Both players have chances to end their careers holding school records — Yarbrough with tackles for loss and Wick in rushing yards (and with a big season, rushing touchdowns). For more on that, see Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to

Here is a video interview witih Yarbrough and Wick from Wednesday.

The predicted order of finish and preseason all-conference team was released Tuesday. I mentioned to Bohl that the Cowboys were picked fifth in the six-team Mountain Division. He didn’t know that, and also didn’t seem to care.

Added Wick: “We have to exceed those expectations. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.”

Yarbrough thinks UW has what it takes to win the Mountain Division, and doesn’t get caught up in preseason predictions or what the naysayers think.

“In my experience, I’m not supposed to believe you until you show me,” Yarbrough said. “If Boise State’s going to have their way with us, I want them to show it, Same with Utah State or any other team. I am a show-me kind of person. I could be from Missouri (the show-me state) because I am a show-me kind of guy.”

Yarbrough was a hit of this media day as he brought his ukulele and showed off some of his skills. He was gracious enough to show me, and here it is.

The strength of the MW last season was in the Mountain Division as Boise State won 12 games, and Colorado State, Utah State and Air Force all won 10. No team in the West Division won more than seven games.

If the preseason all-conference team is any indication, that trend will continue. Fourteen of the 22 players on offense and defense were from the Mountain Division, including nine on defense.

IMG_20150729_073244One of the offensive stars is Colorado State junior receiver Rashard Higgins. Colorado State is promoting Higgins as an All-American and for anything else he can win. Wednesday, they unveiled a popcorn promotion campaign.

“When I first seen it I thought it was pretty cool. I had no idea about it (until Wednesday). It’s going viral. Get some popcorn while it’s here because it’s about to sell out real fast.”

For more UW football coverage from media days here in Vegas, see Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to