A look at the numbers from Wyoming spring football

Wyoming concluded spring football Saturday with its annual spring game. The Gold squad beat the Brown 3-0. The way the teams were divided, it was the backups that did all the scoring. UW’s No. 1 defense got the best of the No. 1 offense.

Kind of tough to read too much into the results from the spring game, although it does appear UW’s defense will be better. It needs to be after allowing 34 points and 453 yards per game last season.

Here is coach Craig Bohl after the game:

Continue reading

Smith liked his California experience

Former Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith didn’t have some of the experiences as a couple of his teammates, or others who are eligible for this year’s NFL Draft, which is Thursday through Saturday in New York City.

Smith didn’t play in any of the college all-star games. But that wasn’t his fault. Those games are for college seniors. Smith announced in December he would forego his senior season at UW to enter the draft.

Brett Smith

Brett Smith

Smith also wasn’t invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana, in February. That was more of a surprise to many, including Smith. Former UW receiver Robert Herron and defensive back Marqueton Huff were invited to the combine.

But Smith did work out with EXOS, formerly known as Athletes Performance, in Carlsbad, California over the winter. He worked with renowned trainer Brent Callaway and former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia. Some of the other quarterbacks that trained with Smith were San Jose State’s David Fales, Central Florida’s Blake Bortles and Washington’s Keith Price.

“I got to see a lot of cool stuff, and I love California,” Smith said. “I grew up going to California every summer with my family, and I missed it a lot. I met a lot of new people and experienced a lot of cool things.”

Continue reading

UW-Hawaii notes and quotes

Here are some tidbits for Saturday’s football game between Wyoming and Hawaii at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is at noon.

–UW (4-6 overall, 2-4 MW) is on a four-game losing streak, which is tied for the second-longest in coach Dave Christensen’s five seasons. The longest is six back in 2010. UW also had a four-game slide last season.

The new Paniolo Trophy awarded to the winner of the Wyoming-Hawaii football game.

The new Paniolo Trophy awarded to the winner of the Wyoming-Hawaii football game.

–The winner will receive a replica of the Paniolo Trophy. The old trophy was lost after the series between the two schools ended after the 1997 season. But a new trophy was constructed. UW leads the series 12-8 and has won five straight. Hawaii is 3-5 in Laramie, with its last win in 1991.

Continue reading

UW-Northern Colorado pregame notes

About an hour prior to kickoff here in Laramie and it is partly sunny/cloudy, temperatures in the mid to high 60s and everything is dry around here. Laramie didn’t get the rain like Cheyenne or parts of Colorado did the last few days.

There is chances of rain this afternoon, but the elements should not be a factor early on … if at all today.

Here are a couple of notes to watch for today’s game with Northern Colorado:

–Junior quarterback Brett Smith is one touchdown pass shy of tying Casey Bramlet (2000-03) for the most in school history at 56. Today’s game will be Smith’s 26th game. Smith also is 273 total yards shy of moving into third place on UW’s career offense list and 317 passing yards from moving into fourth place in career passing yards.

Continue reading

UW-Nebraska pregame notes

It’s a hot one here in Lincoln.

Driving into the stadium a bank sign said it was 102 degrees nearly four hours before kickoff. It won’t be that hot at kickoff, but it will be in the high 80s to low 90s. The good news for Wyoming is its bench will be in the shadows on the west side of the stadium.

The view WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi has from the press box for tonight's Wyoming-Nebraska game at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. Photo by Robert Gagliardi

The view WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi has from the press box for tonight’s Wyoming-Nebraska game at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. Photo by Robert Gagliardi

Here is a little primer to get you ready for tonight’s game:
–Junior quarterback has not thrown an interception in his last 174 pass attempts, which is tied for the longest streak entering this season among returning quarterbacks in the Football Bowl Subdivision with Central Florida’s  Bake Bortles. Smith is five more completions shy of breaking the MW record held by UW’s Casey Bramlet (2000-03) of 178.
–UW is 74-40-2 all-time in season-openers; 19-23-1 in season-opening road games and 14-14 in season-opening road games against non-conference foes.
–This is UW’s second straight season-opener on the road — both against top 25 teams — and only its third opener on the road since 2005. The Cowboys opened with a 37-17 loss at then No. 15 Texas last season.
–UW is 0-5 against Nebraska and has been outscored in those games 241-83.
–UW is 0-12 against ranked foes as coach Dave Christensen enters his fifth season.
–UW is 1-15 all-time against Big Ten teams. The lone win was at Wisconsin, 21-12, on Sept. 27, 1986.
–UW had a plus-7 turnover ratio last season. It had a positive ratio in its last four games, and it won three of them. It had a negative ratio twice — in the first two games — where it lost. It was 0-4 last season when that ratio was even.
–Smith is one TD pass shy of tying Tom Corontzos (1988-91) for third place on its career list. Smith has 47 TD passes right now.
–Smith needs 336 yards of total offense to move into a tie for fourth place with quarterback Josh Walwork (1995-96) on the school’s career list. Smith has 6,417; Walwork has 6,753.
–Junior receiver Robert Herron’s next touchdown reception will give him 12 for his career, and put him in a four-way tie for ninth place on the school’s career list. The others are Chris McNeill (2009-12), Freddie Dussett (1986-88) and Allyn Griffin (1981, 1983-85).
The first wave of Nebraska students rush to grab a seat about three hours before tonight's game at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. Photo by Robert Gagliardi

The first wave of Nebraska students rush to grab a seat about three hours before tonight’s game at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. Photo by Robert Gagliardi

–This will be Nebraska’s 327th consecutive sellout, an NCAA record. It also is shooting for its 28th straight season-opening win. The Cornhuskers have scored 40 or more points in 20 of the last 27 openers, and limited its foes to 14 points or less 18 times.

Some Wednesday news and notes

It’s that time of year where postings on the blog slow down, but here are few news and notes:

–I will be at spring football practice today in Laramie, at least the first 30 minutes UW allows us to watch. Today is the first practice in full pads and fourth of 15 overall this spring. Will report back later on any big happenings. The first scrimmage of spring is set for a week from today.

–Unfortunate to see true freshman forward Tyrone Marshall will transfer at the end of the semester from the UW men’s basketball team. It’s not unexpected after a posting on his Twitter account a couple of weeks ago all but indicated he would. Hard to miss someone that didn’t do much this season. Marshall played in just nine games and averaged less than a point and a rebound per game. He was raw and athletic, but a lot of seasoning needed to be done. This leaves coach Larry Shyatt with three scholarships in the spring signing season. He needs to find some size.

Continue reading