Cowboys, Wolf Pack enter as even teams on paper

Saturday is the biggest game on the schedule for the Wyoming men’s basketball team. One reason is because it’s the next game on the’ schedule. But the biggest reason is up until now, this is the best team that’s come into the Arena-Auditorium this season.

UW (12-5 overall, 2-2 Mountain West) hosts Nevada (14-3, 3-1) at 4 p.m. MT, and fans can watch it online on ESPN3. Nevada is in second place in the conference behind Boise State, but has the best record in the league.

When you look at this game on paper, you see two pretty even teams.

— Nevada leads the MW in scoring (79.4 ppg), followed by UW (78.6 ppg). Both teams allow pretty much the same amount of points. Nevada allows 72.2, UW 72.9 per contest. Look for a high-scoring, entertaining game Saturday if nothing else.

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How I voted in MW men’s basketball preseason poll

Ready or not, basketball season is nearly upon us. Wednesday was Mountain West Men’s Basketball Media Day in Las Vegas. The league released its all-conference team and predicted order of finish.

Selected media members voted on both, and I was asked to vote. Here’s how I voted in the predicted order of finish

    My poll                                           Official poll

  1. San Diego State                   1. San Diego State

    2. Nevada                                  2. Nevada

   3. New Mexico                            3. New Mexico

  4. Utah State                                4. Fresno State

   5. Boise State                              5. Boise State

   6. Fresno State                            6. Utah State

   7. Colorado State                        7. Colorado State

   8. UNLV                                       8. UNLV

   9. San Jose State                        9. Air Force

  10. Wyoming                               10. Wyoming

  11. Air Force                                  11. San Jose State

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Wyoming at Eastern Michigan football primer

Some pre-game reading prior to Wyoming’s game at Eastern Michigan, which kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Friday and is televised on CBS Sports Network.

First, my No. 1 key to the game for the Cowboys:

Keeping balance: Wyoming has averaged 216 rushing yards and 210 passing yards through its first three games. That balance has been a key to its success, and has to continue today. UW can’t let Eastern Michigan make it one dimensional.

Yes, no or am I full of it?

— I had this note in Friday’s story in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Laramie Boomerang and online at wyosports.net, but I found it interesting. The Cowboys play their third Friday night game in as many seasons. However, the last time UW played a nonconference game on a day other than Saturday was on Dec. 23, 2004 when it beat UCLA 24-21 in the Las Vegas Bowl.

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The unlikely story of Nick Szpor

Quickly, who can tell me who Nick Szpor is?

Hint: He’s a starter for Wyoming’s football team as a true freshman walk-on.

Still no clue?

Nick Szpor

Nick Szpor

Szpor came to UW this summer as a 6-foot-3, 202-pound true freshman walk-on quarterback from Central High in Fresno, California, right in Fresno State’s backyard.

“One of my best friends from home picked Wyoming to go to school as a regular student, and he offered to bring me out here to check things out,” Szpor said. “My dad found (UW director of recruiting) Gordie Haug’s email address and contacted him.

“We took a trip here. Gordie gave us a tour. We met with (UW offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach) Brent Vigen and I was offered a walk-on spot.”

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Cowboys begin preparations for Cornhuskers

Labor Day was no holiday for Wyoming football and the people who cover the team.

Coach Craig Bohl held his weekly news conference Monday afternoon, and the team began its preparations for its next game Saturday at Nebraska.

Here is the link to Bohl’s entire news conference.

http://www.wyosports.net/university_of_wyoming/facebook-live-craig-bohl-s-sept-news-conference/article_94c43ef2-7392-11e6-97cd-5b98c7d9d6f1.html

No significant changes to the Cowboys’ depth chart this week. Take a look for yourself.

Wyoming depth chart vs. Nebraska

Wyoming depth chart vs. Nebraska

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Images from UW football fall camp

Fall camp concluded for Wyoming Saturday with its second and final scrimmage.

Hope you enjoyed the video highlights and interviews I posted throughout camp. I shot a few photos I wanted to share that I though were fun and somewhat funny.

Brendan Turelli and his short shorts.

Brendan Turelli and his short shorts.

First, senior long snapper Brendan Turelli is one of my favorite guys on the team. A great guy who does his job well. During the last week of camp, Turelli and senior punter Ethan Wood got some pairs of workout shorts from UW’s equipment guys, and they are very much old school. Here is Turelli showing them off. Sorry for the titled angle on all these photos you are about to see. Both Wood and Turelli said they made them look like your old-school gym teacher/coach. I think that description does it justice.

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Granderson progressing nicely at defensive end for Cowboys

Wyoming is only four days into fall camp, and when third-year coach Craig Bohl talks to the media after each practice and goes over some of the highlights of individual players, Carl Granderson’s name usually comes up.

Here is Bohl after Thursday’s practice.

The 6-foot-5 sophomore defensive end played at around 200 pounds last season as a true freshman. He’s now at 243. Granderson said he still feels fast with the added weight, which is a big part of his game. For more on that, see Friday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, or log on to wyosports.net.

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UW spring game live chat replay

Here is the replay of my live chat for the University of Wyoming’s annual spring football game Saturday.

The Gold team beat the Brown 38-35.

For more UW sports coverage, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang and log on to wyosports.net.

Live Blog Wyoming spring football game live chat

UW receivers coach with good perspective on Johnson duo

Clester Johnson was a two-time national champion at Nebraska in the 1990s as a wide receiver and wing-back.

Clester Johnson

Clester Johnson

His son, C.J., is a redshirt freshman wide receiver with Wyoming after attending Bellevue West High in Bellevue, Nebraska.

The Johnsons were the first father-son duo to win Gatorade State Player of the Year awards. Clester won it in 1991, and C.J won it in 2014.

Comparisons have been and will continue to be made between Clester and his son.

Mike Grant is a good person to ask about the two Johnsons.

Grant was a graduate assistant coach at Nebraska while Clester was there. Grant was hired as UW’s wide receivers coach back in January.

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