Wyoming continued its preparations Wednesday for Saturday’s game at New Mexico. But at the end of practice, as will be the case the rest of the season, the younger players scrimmaged for about 15 plays.
“We evaluate the video as a staff to look at guys and project for the future,” coach Dave Christensen said. “We’ll probably have about 90 live plays from now until the end of the season.”
Some notable things from those youngsters Wednesday:
–True freshman Emory Miller was the quarterback on every play. Sam Stratton, another true freshman quarterback, played receiver.
–True freshman receiver Drew Martinez of Green River had a nice catch-and-run for a big gain.
–The two junior college defensive tackles from New Mexico Military Institute — B.J. Sumter and Kurt Taufa’asau — were tough to block for the offensive line.
Here are some quotes from Christensen after practice:
On if it’s difficult to prepare for New Mexico not knowing who its starting quarterback will be: “We’ll know once they drag their first team out on the field. We have a system and a scheme, and we believe in it. It’s not going to make a difference what players are playing.”
On if he expects New Mexico to try some play-action based on UW’s struggles last week with that against San Diego State:”If I were them I would.”
On the differences in New Mexico’s two running backs it lists on its depth chart — junior James Wright (5-11, 227) and sophomore Kasey Carrier (5-9, 185): “We’re going to tackle the ball they hand the ball to, that’s what we’re going to try and do.”
An interesting note on Wright, he originally committed to UW out of South Oak Cliff High in Dallas when Joe Glenn was UW’s coach. He changed his mind and signed with New Mexico. Wright leads the Lobos this season with 176 yards and has started four of the eight games he’s played in. He’s averaged 5.1 yards per carry in his career and scored four touchdowns.
Speaking of running backs, UW sophomore Alvester Alexander will wear Ruben Narcisse’s No. 12 jersey this week. He is the second Cowboys’ offensive player to do so, the other was sophomore quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels.
Narcisse died in a automobile accident early on Labor Day morning south of Laramie in Colorado. He was a true freshman linebacker from Miami.
Join me at 3 p.m. Thursday for my weekly live chat on UW sports. We can talk about football, UW hoops and the broken elbow to junior-college transfer Luke Martinez, and anything else UW sports related. Here is the link: http://wyomingcowboysblog.com/2010/11/02/u-of-w-live-chat-thursday-nov-4th-3pm/