The final news conference and interview session with players and assistant coaches had a definite theme at Wyoming Monday — beating UNLV and sending the eight seniors out on a winning note.
“They’ve just been great friends and great leaders on this team,” said redshirt senior quarterback Cameron Coffman about the other seven seniors. Coffman is in his second year at UW after transferring from Indiana in 2014. “I’m really proud of those guys. It’s easy to quit, easy to give in when you have a season like we are (1-10 overall, 1-6 Mountain West). But they continue to lead, work had and continue to be great role models for the young guys. That’s what I’m most proud of with those guys.”
UW defensive ends coach AJ Cooper has two of the Cowboys’ most well-known seniors in Eddie Yarbrough and Siaosi Hala’api’api. Both have played in more than 40 games in their careers, and both also are team captains.
“Saturday is going to be hard. I’m going to be crying like a baby, and really want to sent those guys out on the right note,” Cooper said.
One senior who won’t be playing Saturday is running back Shaun Wick, who remains out with concussion symptoms since the middle of the season. Coach Craig Bohl isn’t sure if UW will apply for a medical redshirt for Wick because he still hasn’t been deemed clear by doctors. Bohl said Wick will have to make that decision when and if that happens.
Myself and others have asked numerous times the last several weeks to interview Wick, but he declined.
Bohl said senior cornerback Tyran Finley will be in uniform Saturday. He was hasn’t played since early October, and was suspended after UW’s Oct. 10 game at Air Force.
Check out the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net throughout the week for more stories/features on some of UW’s seniors.
Bohl said after UW’s last game — a 38-3 loss at San Diego State Nov. 14 — that the team needed a bye week after going through one of its most physical games of the season. UNLV (3-8, 2-5) lost at home to San Diego State 52-14 last Saturday. It will be interesting to see how the Rebels respond from that game, and also how they respond to play in 35-degree weather, which is supposed to be the high temperature for Laramie Saturday.
UNLV does pose some threats for UW’s defense. Sophomore wide receiver Devonte Boyd is one of the better ones in the MW. UNLV also has showed it can run the ball. There is a question at quarterback as senior Blake Decker has been hurt and sophomore Kurt Palandech has played in his place. Palandech is more of a run threat.
Bohl and UNLV offensive coordinator Barney Cotton were football teammates at Nebraska.