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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UW football Media Monday wrap-up

Coach Dave Christensen was reprimanded by the Mountain West and sophomore starting quarterback Brett Smith is day-to-day.

Those ¬†were the biggest things that came out out Monday’s weekly interview session with players and coaches.

The reprimand by the MW wasn’t a surprise, and everyone at UW — Christensen included — had to have seen it coming. Christensen apologized for his reaction toward Air Force coach Troy Calhoun after the Cowboys 28-27 loss last Saturday through a news release Sunday night from UW. He apologized again Monday. See Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, or go to www.wyosports.net for what he had to say.

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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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Video: Luke Anderson

One of the more colorful and pleasant guys to talk to on the team. The senior safety talks going home to play Texas, how he grew up a Longhorns fan and how important it its for Wyoming to continue to play games in the state of Texas. For more video interviews about all this, see this blog or go to wyosports.net. For more on this story, see Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, or go to wyosports.net.

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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Nine UW players recognized by Phil Steele

Nine Wyoming football players made Phil Steele’s midseason All-Mountain West team, which was released today.

In my earlier Twitter post on this, I said there were eight. Sorry, math and counting were never my specialty. LOL

None made the first team, but three made the second team and six made the third team.

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