VIDEO: Tanner Gentry and Xavier Lewis

Receiver Tanner Gentry (6-2, 190) and safety Xavier Lewis (6-0, 190) were two of the more highly-touted football recruits Wyoming signed in its 2013 recruiting class.

Tanner Gentry

Tanner Gentry

 

Xavier Lewis

Xavier Lewis

Both went to high school in Aurora, Colo. Gentry at Grandview and Lewis at Eaglecrest. Both were rivals in high school, but both are now friends and have been working out together since they signed with UW in February.

For more on that story, see Friday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.

This is what Lewis said about what he hopes to accomplish at UW when he and Gentry get there June 16 for summer school and voluntary workouts.

“I want to go in there and be able to make a positive impact immediately,” he said. “Whether that is starting or trying to compete forĀ  a starting job. “I want to push all my teammates and help the program. I think Wyoming is going in the right direction and I am looking forward to getting there.”

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Weighing in on MW All-Conference football

There were not a lot of surprises when the All-Mountain West first and second football teams came out Tuesday.

Here is the link to the complete list:

http://www.themwc.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/120412aaf.html

Congrats to Wyoming senior center Nick Carlson and senior defensive tackle Mike Purcell for making the first team. I voted for both on my first team. Of UW’s players, those two were the most deserving and had the best chance of making the first team.

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McNeill out for season finale vs. San Diego State

To me, Wyoming receiver Chris McNeill has been “Mr. Reliable” throughout his career.

No matter who threw the ball, McNeill often was the one the quarterback wanted to get the ball to when it was third-and-8 or even on fourth down. More often than not, McNeill came up with the catch.

Unfortunately, McNeill’s career is done as he suffered a knee injury after a catch in the fourth quarter in UW’s 28-23 win at UNLV last Saturday and won’t play in the season finale at home against San Diego State Saturday in Laramie.

“I have countless memories of Chris,” senior center and co-captain Nick Carlson said. “I feel like every fourth down situation we’ve been in it has been him that came up with a catch. That comes from his understanding of the offense, his awareness in space and how to be found by (sophomore quarterback Brett Smith).”

Carlson quickly recalled a fourth-down catch at Air Force last season, and one in Smith’s first game against Weber State at home. I’m sure UW fans can come up with several more.

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Video: Chris McNeill

Wyoming senior receiver Chris McNeill leads the Cowboys in catches and receiving yards this season, but won’t play in his final game Saturday against San Diego State because of a knee injury suffered in last week’s win at UNLV. The interview was done on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012.

For more on McNeill and UW football, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and go to www.wyosports.net.

Receivers catching on for Cowboys

Among Wyoming’s top five receivers, senior Chris McNeill leads the way with 56 catches for 629 yards.

The fifth guy (in terms of catches) is junior Robert Herron with 18. But he’s missed four games due to injury, but he’s averaged a touchdown catch a game. Or, one in every three catches is for a touchdown.

UW’s top five receivers have combined for 168 of the team’s 205 catches, 2,179 of the 2,513 yards and 21 of the 24 touchdowns from the passing game this season.

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Video: Chris McNeill

Wyoming senior receiver Chris McNeill talks about the play of true freshman quarterback Jason Thompson last week in his first-ever start, the Cowboys’ offense in general and about Saturday’s foe in Fresno State.

An interesting note: McNeill played high school football in southern California against Fresno State starting corner L.J. Jones. McNeill said his high school (Notre Dame) and Jones’ high school (Crespi) were rivals.

UW goes inside to simulate Fresno heat

Wyoming’s first practice of the week to get ready for its road game at Fresno State Tuesday was held in its indoor practice facility.

There was a storm brewing over Laramie as practice started, and the wind was blowing pretty good. But that wasn’t the reason.

The reason was weather UW expects to face at Fresno, even with a 8:30 p.m. start (7:30 p.m. in Fresno). The weather forecast is for high of 85 degrees, which should be in the 70s during the game. Humidity levels are expected to be near 50 percent.

Heaters were turned up in the indoor practice facility Tuesday to make it feel warm and stuffy. Christensen said he hoped to get it up to about 80 degrees.

UW will practice indoors Wednesday.

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