Thanksgiving can be tough for college football players and coaches because, more often than not, they’re season is still going on.
Wyoming is no different as it prepares to play its regular-season finale Saturday at New Mexico. Third-year coach Craig Bohl said there will be a “big team dinner” planned for Thanksgiving day.
I asked some guys on the team two questions leading into Thanksgiving: What they’re most thankful for and their favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal.
For Bohl, he said he was most thankful for this season’s seniors and how they’ve bought in and stuck it out from the start. As for the food, he said cranberries and turkey.
Here are the responses from others:
True freshman kicker Cooper Rothe
Most thankful: My teammates. Even when I struggled early, they stuck by me, supported me and told me they wanted me because I was good.
Food: Pie, and anything sweet.
Redshirt sophomore quarterback Josh Allen
Most thankful: The opportunity to play this beautifully violent game of football, and to play with the guys and coaches on this team. It’s definitely a family atmosphere.
Food: Mashed potatoes.
Sophomore defensive end Kevin Prosser
Most thankful: My family and being a part of this team.
Food: Turkey and yams.
Defensive ends coach AJ Cooper
Most thankful: My family, working with coach Bohl going on 12 years now and the kids we have in this program.
Food: Cranberry sauce with the berries, and I love all the pies.
Senior nose tackle Chase Appleby
Most thankful: My family who has supported me the whole way, and being part of this team.
Food: We do it a little different at the Appleby house. We do a Thanksgiving prime rib.
Senior wide receiver Jake Maulhardt
Most thankful: My family and my four younger brothers.
Food: Birthday cake because Thanksgiving falls on my birthday.
Sophomore free safety Andrew Wingard
Most thankful: To be able to play this game.
Food: Dressing with gravy.
Junior running back Brian Hill
Most thankful: The opportunity to play football.
What about you all out there?
For me, I am most thankful for friends, family, and my 11-year-old Golden Retriever, Snyder. I am also thankful to all of you out there who follow UW sports and the coverage I try to provide.
As for food, after the meal is over I love leftover turkey sandwiches with lots of mayo and salt and pepper.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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