Tuesday’s football practice notes

Some news and notes from Tuesday’s Wyoming football practice:

–Coach Dave Christensen on the practice, which lasted a little more than two hours: “We had a good practice. We haven’t had a lot problems coming out and practicing well. We have some things we need to get cleaned up, but the effort was there today. It was a good, physical practice.”

–The battle on who starts at center, strong safety and strong-side linebacker is in full go. Sophomore Rafe Kiely and junior Albert Perez both took snaps with the No. 1 offense at center. Junior Chad Reese took advantage of his reps at strong safety. He had an interception of junior quarterback Brett Smith. Junior Mark Nzeocha looked to have the best day at strong-side linebacker. Nzeocha, the starter so far this season, intercepted Smith early in practice on a pass that as tipped by freshman receiver Tanner Gentry.

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VIDEO: Marqueston Huff

Wyoming senior free safety Marqueston Huff talks about the Cowboys’ 52-22 home loss to Border War rival Colorado State on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 in Laramie, Wyo. Huff had seven tackles and one interception in the game.

For more on the game, see Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune and Laramie Boomerang and log on to wyosports.net.

And as always, I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback.

VIDEO: Marqueston Huff

Wyoming senior free safety Marqueston Huff talks about the debut of junior strong safety Jesse Sampson in last week’s game against New Mexico in which Sampson had an interception. Huff also talks about this week’s game with Border War rival Colorado State. The interview was done on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 in Laramie, Wyo.


For more on the game see today’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net. And, join WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi for his live chat for the game at 11:30 a.m. Links to the chat are on this blog and at wyosports.net.

UW-CSU quotes

Here are some quotes from Wyoming and Colorado State players and coaches that didn’t make it into any of our stories this week, but worth noting.

UW and CSU play the 105th Border War game at noon Saturday at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.

— “I never wanted to be mediocre or average. I want to be great at everything I do. I want to stay hungry, scratch and claw to get there.” — UW sophomore defensive end Eddie Yarbrough on his improved play this season compared to last.

— “This is a great opportunity to go out there and remain undefeated in the conference. Plus, it’s the Border War. It’s the biggest game on our schedule and something the fans look forward to each year.” — UW senior free safety Marqueston Huff.

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Norman makes impact in different ways

Wyoming junior receiver Trey Norman was involved only in two pass plays in last week’s 38-31 homecoming win over New Mexico.

Trey Norman

Trey Norman

But they were significant plays — for different reasons.

On UW’s first series of the game, Norman caught a 30-yard pass along New Mexico’s sideline. Officials ruled it a catch, it was reviewed by video replay and it held up. Two plays later, sophomore running back Shaun Wick scored on an 11-yard touchdown run to put UW up 7-0.

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VIDEO: Marqueston Huff

Wyoming senior free safety Marqueston Huff talks about the Cowboys’ Mountain West opener at Air Force, and some other motivational factors for him in that game. The interview was done on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 in Laramie, Wyo.

See Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net, for WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi’s column on why the players may have a different form of motivation — aside from the obvious reasons — for wanting to get a win at Air Force Saturday night.

VIDEO: Chris Tormey

Wyoming defensive coordinator Chris Tormey talks about the challenges for his defense this week heading into its Mountain West opener at Air Force, and also the challenges of his defense being on the field more this season based on the team’s faster-paced offense. The interview was done on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 in Laramie, Wyo.

Read Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net, for how UW’s fast-paced offense could be putting more pressure on the defense.

Christensen fields questions about last year’s Air Force tirade

First off, Wyoming football coach Dave Christensen answered questions about this year’s Air Force team — the one the Cowboys play Saturday night at Air Force to open Mountain West play.

But you knew questions would soon follow about Christensen’s obscenity-laced tirade toward Air Force coach Troy Calhoun after last season’s 28-27 Cowboys loss to the Falcons in Laramie.

Wyoming will wear is camo-patterned uniforms for Saturday's game at Air Force. The Cowboys wore these uniforms for last year's game with the Falcons. Photo by Robert Gagliardi/WyoSports

Wyoming will wear is camo-patterned uniforms for Saturday’s game at Air Force. The Cowboys wore these uniforms for last year’s game with the Falcons. Photo by Robert Gagliardi/WyoSports

Christensen, who was suspended one game and fined $50,000 for the incident, answered the questions with class and calmness. But one could tell he didn’t want to spend all of Monday answering questions about it.

“I am not playing one snap, and I don’t think Troy is, either,” he said. “Our focus is on execution and being ready to play Saturday night. My behavior is going to be much better. I will watch my Ps and Qs.”

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Rain does not stop Cowboys at practice

There was rain early and late.

But it didn’t stop the Wyoming football team from practicing outside at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium Tuesday morning.

“There was no lightning and we have to play in it,” coach Dave Christensen said.

UW does not have a game on its schedule this season indoors, and it played a little bit in the rain in last Saturday’s 42-10 home win over Idaho. The forecast for Saturday’s home game with Northern Colorado calls for a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms, with a high of 67 degrees.

Some other news and notes from practice:

–Sophomore center Rafe Kiely split reps with the No. 1 offense with junior starter Albert Perez. Redshirt freshman guard Chase Roullier took most of the snaps at left guard for senior Tyler Strong, who was in a red, no contact jersey. Perez and Strong are expected to start against Northern Colorado.

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