UW senior defensive ends mean more than just stats

There are only eight seniors on the Wyoming football roster, and two of the more well-known and successful ones are defensive ends Eddie Yarbrough and Siaosi Hala’api’api.

Eddie Yarbrough

Eddie Yarbrough

Their efforts on the field have been impressive.

Yarbrough is UW’s career leader with 37 tackles for loss, and is eighth with 20.5 quarterback sacks. Yarbrough also is tops in the Mountain West in tackles for defensive linemen this season with 5.2 per game.

Hala’api’api — known as Osi among his teammates — has 120 career tackles. He moved from linebacker to defensive end as a sophomore in 2013.

Both are team captains, and have meant a lot to this team and coaching staff than just their statistics.

“They’re just great guys and great friends,” said redshirt senior quarterback Cameron Coffman, who has been at UW for two years.

Siaosi Hala'api'api

Siaosi Hala’api’api

“They’re very relational people. Eddie is super nice and kind to everyone. Same with Osi. Me and Osi worked at golf course together this summer (in Laramie). He doesn’t complain and just works every day. He’s more of a quiet guy,but he’s fun to be around. Once you talk to him he’s fun, he laughs a lot and is always having a good time.”

For more on Yarbrough and Hala’api’api, see Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.

Media Monday: UW looks to send seniors out on winning note

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.

Cameron Coffman

Cameron Coffman

“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.

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UW plans to make good use of bye week

Perhaps it is better late than never in terms of a bye week for Wyoming football.

The Cowboys are off this week before they play their last game a week from Saturday at home against UNLV.

Here’s what coach Craig Bohl had to say about the bye week, last week’s game with San Diego State and even some stuff about recruiting from his weekly news conference Monday.

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UW at San Diego State football: Notes, quotes and video

My top key for Wyoming Saturday at San Diego State; kickoff is at 8:30 p.m. MT at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

Good start: Something Wyoming hasn’t done much of this season. During their three-game losing streak the Cowboys have fallen behind 17-0 after the first quarter twice, and allowed 48 points in the first quarter in all three contests. UW needs to play its best game from start to finish to have a chance to win, but another poor start will lead to yet another double-digit loss. By the way, all of the Cowboys’ nine losses this season have been by double digits.

More keys and more preview stuff right here:

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Media Monday: Cowboys get ready to face red-hot Aztecs

Craig Bohl called it a “daunting task.”

He was talking about his 1-9 Cowboys going to play at San Diego State (6-3, 5-0 MW) Saturday night. The Aztecs have won a league-best five straight games, and are coming off a bye week.

“San Diego State arguably is playing the best of any team we’ve played this year, and probably the best of anybody in the Mountain West right now,” Bohl said Monday during his weekly news conference.

Here is everything Bohl had to say Monday:

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UW football-basketball doubleheader – postgame thoughts

Football and men’s basketball doubleheaders for Wyoming are rare, but there was one this past Saturday in Laramie and the results were equal on both accounts — disappointing.

Let’s start with football.

The Cowboys lost to Border War rival Colorado State 26-7, but to me the score felt more like it was 46-7.

UW was dominated in all aspects. Colorado State scored the first four times it had the ball. The Rams were conservative after that, and even then the Cowboys couldn’t do much.

Here’s coach Craig Bohl after the game:

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Media Monday: It’s Border War week

After playing four of its last six games on the road, Wyoming returns home this week for its annual Border War game with Colorado State at 1 p.m. Saturday in Laramie.

Here is coach Craig Bohl talking about that and several other things about this week’s game.

From what Bohl said, looks like we will have to wait until later in the week to see if redshirt senior quarterback Cameron Coffman will play. He’s still nursing a right shoulder injury that kept him out of last week’s game at Utah State.

Here’s what Coffman had to say on his health status Monday.

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Utah State 58, Wyoming 27: Postgame thoughts and video

Perhaps I am bad luck.

I wrote an article earlier in the week how, despite the team’s record and some of its stats, the Wyoming defense had shown improvement over the last few weeks.

Here’s the article if you want to take a look: http://www.wyosports.net/university_of_wyoming/coaches-like-progress-of-wyoming-defense/article_3da74bea-7d3a-11e5-ae94-cb4eac92080f.html

But the Cowboys’ defense was dominated by a balanced and good game plan by Utah State Friday night in Logan, Utah. The Aggies ran for 296 and passes for 296. UW had no answer for either one.

Why? Here’s what coach Craig Bohl said after the game:

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Media Monday: Wyoming prepares for Utah State on short week

Coming off a 34-14 loss at Boise State last Saturday, Wyoming got back to work Sunday and Monday for its next game at Utah State at 8:15 p.m. Friday.

The news wasn’t good regarding redshirt senior quarterback Cameron Coffman as coach Craig Bohl listed him as doutbful for the Utah State game. Coffman left the Boise State game in the third quarter with a shoulder injury. There are not broken bones, but UW is moving forward with redshirt freshman Nick Smith as its starter this week.

Here are Bohl and Smith from Monday’s interview sessions:

 

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Boise State 34, Wyoming 14: Postgame thoughts

I’ve received some feeback from fans, and even some of my family who follows Wyoming, that they think the team is improving and showing some good signs for the future.

I don’t totally disagree with them, but still, UW lost 34-14 to Boise State Saturday night. To me, it felt like an even more lopsided loss.

UW was never in this game. It trailed 17-0 after one quarter and 24-7 at halftime. Boise State scored the first four times its offense touched the ball. It put together long and short scoring drives. It ran the ball at will, with 166 of its 207 yards coming from sophomore running back Jeremy McNichols. The Broncos threw only six incomplete passes. And, they had only one turnover compared to eight the week before.

UW’s offense had a season-low 233 yards and converted just 3 of 10 third-downs. Boise State made 12 of 19, UW may have lost redshirt senior quarterback Cameron Coffman to a shoulder injury for a while. However, a source close to the program told me Sunday Coffman’s injury isn’t considered to be too serious and there is a chance he will play Friday at Utah State.

Here is UW coach Craig Bohl after the game:

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