VIDEO: Cowboys Coaches Clinic: Jason Gesser

This is the ninth of a 10-part series of video interviews with University of Wyoming football coaches, and how they teach and coach certain aspects of the game. This one features quarterbacks coach Jason Gesser

Gesser has UW quarterbacks Jason Thompson, Colby Kirkegaard, Tommy Thornton and walk-on T.J. Patterson go through a few different drills.

Check back to this blog and next week for the final installment of this video series.

UW-Idaho Q&A

WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi did a question-and-answer session with Josh Wright, who covers Idaho football for the Spokesman Review newspaper in Spokane, Wash., about Saturday’s game with the University of Wyoming.

Look for Q&As with beat writers that cover UW football opponents every week throughout the season.

What were your initial impressions of Idaho in its opener and with first-year coach Paul Petrino?

Idaho’s inexperience really manifested itself at North Texas. Half of the traveling squad had never played at the FBS level, and of course, the whole team had never gone through a game with Paul Petrino running the show. It also bears mentioning that Idaho started a redshirt freshman at quarterback and true freshmen at running back, free safety, kicker and punter.

After showing a crisp, disciplined offense in fall camp, Idaho looked disorganized and confused to start the game (it used all three of its first-half timeouts in the first 2 minutes, 40 seconds). So the initial impressions weren’t great, and the coaching staff was disappointed, too. Offensive coordinator Kris Cinkovich expects the offense to look much sharper — and be more effective — Saturday in Laramie. We’ll see how much of a jump the Vandals’ young players can make from Week 1 to Week 2.

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VIDEO: Jason Gesser

First-year Wyoming quarterbacks coach Jason Gesser talks about facing Idaho this week. Gesser was the running backs coach and interim head coach at Idaho last season. The interview was done on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 in Laramie, Wyo.

For more on Gesser, see WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi’s column in today’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang and log on to Also, join Gagliardi for his weekly chat on UW sports at 3 p.m. today. Check the blog and for the link.

Cowboys shift focus to Idaho

Wyoming coach Dave Christensen and his players reflected back on the Cowboys’ 37-34 loss to No. 18 Nebraska last Saturday during their weekly press conference with the media Monday afternoon.

There are lots of reasons for optimism, but several players pointed out one thing — UW has yet to win a game.

Here is Wyoming's uniform combination for its home-opener against Idaho on Saturday, Sept. 7. Photo by Robert Gagliardi/WyoSports

Here is Wyoming’s uniform combination for its home-opener against Idaho on Saturday, Sept. 7. Photo by Robert Gagliardi/WyoSports

That’s the goal — and motivation — for Saturday’s home-opener against Idaho, which lost 40-6 in its opener last ┬áSaturday at North Texas.

“It was great we were able to do what we did (at Nebraska), but we didn’t win,” junior quarterback Brett Smith said. “We have to find the mistakes we made and work on them. That’s what we are doing this week and trying to get ready for Idaho.”

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Gesser talks UW quarterbacks

Wyoming quarterbacks coach Jason Gesser recently did an online radio interview on a show called On the Double with the Double S Xpress, based in Washington and the Pacific Northwest.

Jason Gesser

Jason Gesser

Gesser, a standout quarterback at Washington State, is still well-known and quite popular back there. Click the link below and scroll about two-third of the way down the page to listen to his interview; and let me know what you think.

UW players report Sunday for fall camp, and the first practice is Monday. Look for my top things to watch during camp later in the week. But in the meantime, I want to hear what your top things to watch during camp.


Brandon leaves UW for New Mexico State

By now most of you know or heard that Wyoming offensive coordinator Gregg Brandon was hired for a similar position at New Mexico State Friday.

He gave two reasons.

1) His previous relationship with current New Mexico State coach Doug Martin. Both were head coaches in the Mid-American conference back in the 2000s. Brandon said he has known Martin for 10 to 12 years.

2) Brandon received a two-year deal worth $180,000 a year. He was to make $160,000 at UW this year and his contract was up at the end of the year. Brandon told me that the multi-year deal and the salary was too good to pass up. This is Brandon’s 32nd year as a college coach, and said he “isn’t going to do this forever.”

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