Some notes and quotes leading up to Wyoming’s football game at Missouri Saturday. Kickoff is at 5 p.m. MT from Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri.
— “We had too many mental mistakes and shot ourselves in the foot. Too many penalties and too many third downs we didn’t covernt. We know we can do better and hold ourselves to ta higher standard. We didn’t play up tot hat standard.” — UW redshirt freshman quarterback Tyler Vander Waal on last week’s 41-19 loss to Washington State. Many UW fans are frustrated with the offensive play-calling and not seeing much from Vander Waal throwing the ball over the first two games. I wrote a column on that earlier this week. Here’s the link:
— This is UW’s first-ever football game with Missouri, and only the second time it has played a football game in the state of Missouri. The Cowboys played St. Louis University — the Billikens — in 1932 and 1939. They lost both of those games.
— “The SEC is arguably the best conference, and when you have an offense that leads that conference, they look like the real deal. But we also have some guys who look like the real deal and can play better.” — fifth-year UW coach Craig Bohl on Missouri
— UW practiced with wet footballs this week in anticipation of heavy rains in Columbia Saturday. It has been raining there the last few days, and earlier in the week forecasters were calling for four to six inches of rain on Saturday alone. Don’t know about you all, but let it rain all it wants, but no weather delays.
— “I know they’ll respond. My job as a captain is to help them and tell them not to be afraid. When crap hits the fan, the only thing you can sit back on is our training. Some of us didn’t do that (against Washington State). I am focused on telling those guys to go out there and have no fear.” — UW senior strong safety Andrew Wingard about the Cowboys’ young cornerbacks.
— Wingard needs four tackles to move into a tie for third place on UW’s career tackles list with former safety John Salley (1979-82). Wingard currently has 375 tackles. He is nine tackles shy of a tie for fifth place on the Mountain West’s career tackles list, and needs 79 over the final 10 regular-season games to tie the league record of 454 with New Mexico’s Carmen Messina (2008-11).
— The injury bug has bitten UW in a couple of places that should be a cause for concern Saturday. The obvious one is at running back where senior Nico Evans is doubtful with sore ribs. However, the two positions where UW is the thinest from a depth standpoint right now are at tight end and defensive end. The Cowboys have only two healthy tight ends this week in seniors Tyree Mayfield and Josh Harshman. At defensive end, senior Kevin Prosser (undisclosed) doubtful, and junior Josiah Hall (knee) and sophomore Trey Woods (undisclosed) are out this week. Don’t be surprised of true freshman Solomon Byrd sees his first-ever playing time Saturday.
— I caught up with former UW quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels this week, who is now an assistant coach at Missouri. He said some pretty interesting things about why he left UW. Also, the Missouri game is special for Mayfield because it is in his home state. He is from St. Joseph, about 180 miles from Columbia. For those stories, see Saturday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.