Young ready to help UW defense any way he can

Bill Young, Wyoming’s new quality control staff member in football, got to Laramie Sunday and was quickly put to work.

“I was up at 3:45 a.m. (Monday morning) because Jamar is a worker,” Young said with a laugh about interim UW defensive coordinator Jamar Cain.

The uniform combination for Wyoming's home game with Fresno State Saturday, which UW is promoting as a "white out" game. Photo by Robert Gagliardi/WyoSports

The uniform combination for Wyoming’s home game with Fresno State Saturday, which UW is promoting as a “white out” game. Photo by Robert Gagliardi/WyoSports

Part of the reason Young was up that early is because UW practices during the morning hours this season. The long-time defensive coach and defensive coordinator at the college level attended UW’s Monday morning practice.

So what exactly does a quality control staff member do?

First, Young is not a full-time staff member. NCAA rules allow colleges to have nine full-time assistant coaches. Even though UW fired defensive coordinator Chris Tormey last week, it promoted graduate assistant Dwain Crawford to full-time status for the rest of the season to help cornerbacks coach Renaldo Hill with UW’s defensive backs.

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Brandon targeted by Illinois

Wyoming offensive coordinator Gregg Brandon could soon hold the same job at Illinois, and if so it would make sense. See this story for the details.

http://blogs.suntimes.com/illini/2011/12/beckman_likely_to_make_brandon.html

Brandon had not heard from Illinois prior to the New Mexico Bowl. If he took the Illinois job, Brandon’s salary could double or even triple. A source told me the offensive coordinator at Illinois for former coach Ron Zook made $525,000 per year.

After last Saturday’s 37-15 loss to Temple in the New Mexico Bowl, UW defensive secondary coach Alex Grinch confirmed he was leaving to coach safeties at Missouri.

 

 

UW-Temple postgame thoughts

Tough way to end a good season for Wyoming with a 37-15 loss to Temple Saturday in the New Mexico Bowl.

Just wasn’t in the cards for the Cowboys and the Owls were better in every area. Temple scored touchdowns on its first three drives. Just when UW looked to get some momentum with a touchdown late in the second quarter on a pass from Brett Smith to Josh Doctson, Temple answered with a 61-yard TD pass after cornerback Marqueston Huff slipped and fell on the play.

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