UW football Media Monday

He was humbled by the experience, sorry that it happened and grateful to be back.

Wyoming coach Dave Christensen was all of that Monday, which was his first time talking to the media since he was suspended by UW last week for the Oct. 13 tirade after the Air Force game. Christensen returned to work Sunday.

“Not being able to coach this football team was probably the most difficult pill I’ve ever had to swallow,” he said.

“These players mean the world to me. There’s no one else to blame for what happened except for myself. I also ask for forgiveness and an opportunity to move on and make the best of a bad situation.

“I’m sorry for it. I regret it and now I’m gong to move on.”

For more on Christensen’s return and his comments, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and also log on to www.wyosports.net.

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Tuesday’s UW football notes

Despite not having a game last week, Wyoming sophomore quarterback Brett Smith is sixth in the nation in pass efficiency (179.6), seventh in total offense (362.33 yards per game) and ninth in passing offense (328.3 ypg).

Smith is 141 yards of total offense shy of moving past former quarterback Randy Welniak, the current head of UW’s Cowboy Joe Club, into ninth place in career total offense. Smith has 4,419 and Welniak has 4,559.

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UW media Monday wrap

The big news, or biggest topic everyone wants to know about hasn’t changed. Sophomore starting quarterback Brett Smith is still doubtful for Saturday’s game at Idaho after his head injury against Toledo on Sept. 8. Junior Colby Kirkegaard is listed as the starter, followed by true freshman Jason Thompson and then Smith.

However, coach Dave Christensen said there’s a possibility that all three could play, and that he won’t name a starter until game time Saturday at Idaho, which is 3 p.m.

So, Smith-Watch 2012 will continue for at least another week.

Want to know how Kirkegaard graded out on film after his first start of his career last week against Cal Poly, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, or long on to wyosports.net.

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UW depth chart vs. Texas

Not a lot of surprises here, and very similar to what I predicted on Sunday.

A little surprised redshirt freshman Zack Berg is the starter at SAM linebacker, and same with redshirt freshman Jake Jones at right guard. Expected both to play a lot in the opener Saturday at No. 15 Texas, and expect to see their backups as well.

The depth chart will be listed below, and I would love to hear your thoughts.

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Early UW-Texas Q&A

We’re three months away from Wyoming’s season-opener at Texas, but it’s never too early to talk college football.

Carter Strickland from ESPN asked me this week to answer five questions about Wyoming, so I asked him to answer five questions for me about Texas. So here it is. We start with my questions and his answers, followed by my answers to his questions. Be sure to follow Strickland on Twitter: @espnstrickland

Hope you enjoy it, and hope to hear your thoughts and opinions.

Texas returns one of the better defenses in the country. What are those strengths and are there some possible weaknesses Wyoming could exploit?Texas was the 11th in the country in overall defense last year and for a five-game stretch late in the season the only two defenses that were more productive were LSU and Alabama. The issue for Wyoming is that Texas is faster on defense this year and has much more depth across the line. The Longhorns added junior college transfer Brandon Moore as well as the top defensive tackle in the country Malcom Brown to the roster.  They will go 10-deep across the line with both defensive ends, Alex Okafor and Jackson Jeffcoat, being for sure NFL players in 2013.
The spot where Wyoming might be able to exploit Texas is at linebacker. Texas has two first time starters in Steve Edmond and Demarco Cobbs. While both have very good upside, they are not used to all the schemes called by defensive coordinator Manny Diaz. This could cause them to get out of their lanes every once in a while and if that happens, Wyoming needs to exploit it.
The secondary is very tough and returns three of four starters, including two corners, Carrington Byndom and Quandre Diggs, who are considered two of the best in the Big 12.

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UW spring scrimmage No. 2 thoughts

Here were the my five things to watch I posted prior to Wednesday’s second spring scrimmage for the Wyoming football team. Below are my responses to those.

The finals score was 64-63 for the defense using UW’s unique scoring system.

1. Improved offensive play: There were six turnovers by the offense last week. That was cut in half Wednesday — all interceptions. The offense struggled to go on any long, sustained drives. But after a slow start the offense came together near the end, albeit a shorter field. Most of the success came inside the defense’s territory

2. Continued solid defensive play: The three interceptions were by redshirt freshman Zack Berg, sophomore cornerback Blair Burns and junior safety Andrew Meredith. Five sacs and 13 tackles for loss. On the last play of the scrimmage the defense stopped sophomore running back Kody Sutton on the 1-yard line. Overall, the defense had a pretty good day.

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Five things to watch from UW’s second spring scrimmage

Here are the top five things I will be looking at in today’s second spring scrimmage for the Wyoming football team:

1. Improved offensive play: Despite not having some key players (QB Brett Smith, WR Chris McNeill) the offense struggled in the first scrimmage last week in just about every area. I would like to see improved play across the board, from the line to the quarterbacks, to the run game to the receivers.

2. Continued solid defensive play: The defense played a big role in the offense’s struggles last week, and it seems like the entire unit is getting a decent grasp of new defensive coordinator Chris Tormey’s schemes and philisophies. I would like to see continued progress there.

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