Border War key to the game; along with notes, quotes and video

Here is WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi’s top key to the game for the Wyoming Cowboys in their Border War game against Colorado State, which kicks off at 5 p.m. today at Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Communication: Talking about Wyoming’s defense. With two of its most important starters out with injuries — free safety Darrenn White and outside linebacker Mark Nzeocha — and possibly two other starters (senior defensive end Sonny Puletasi and senior cornerback DeAndre Jones). It is vital the Cowboys know what they are doing against a high-powered Colorado State offense that will use a lot of shifts and motions at the line of scrimmage to set up mismatches.

Gagliardi and WyoSports editor Scott Nulph preview today’s game on their weekly video blog:

This game over the years always has featured players and coaches with ties to both schools.

UW lists 20 players from Colorado on its roster, and 13 have starting experience. Many of them know CSU players going back to when they were in high school. Some were recruited by both schools, others were shunned by Colorado State.

UW senior defensive end Riley Lange, who is from Parker, Colorado, talks about that this week:

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Video: Korey Jones

Wyoming senior linebacker Korey Jones talks about his dad, Kim, who was a running back at Colorado State in the 1970s. He also talks about his relationship with former UW assistant coach Marty English, now at CSU, and his favorite Halloween costume and candy when he was a kid.

For more on Jones and his father, see Saturday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to www.wyosports.net.

Video: Gregg Brandon

Wyoming offensive coordinator Gregg Brandon talks about the challenges of facing Colorado State in Saturday’s Border War game, and also talks about his own Border War memory when he was an assistant coach at UW in the early 1990s. The interview was done on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012.

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

UW-CSU Border War Q&A

WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi did a question-and-answer session with Kelly Lyell, who covers Colorado State football for the Fort Collins Coloradoan.

Look for Q&As with writers who cover the opponents of the University of Wyoming football program every Friday.

What are the biggest differences you see in the program with new coach Jim McElwain compared to former coach Steve Fairchild?

The biggest differences are in the attitude of the players and coaching staff. McElwain emphasizes a sense of family and forces players to get to know and respect each other, and one of the first things he did was eliminate the daily competition that Fairchild had set up between the offense and defense. McElwain considers it his job to develop his players and not try to make them do things they’re not likely to be able to accomplish. Fairchild had an NFL coaching style that expected players to motivate themselves, and regularly chewed them out when they couldn’t do what needed to be done to execute his offensive and defensive systems. Players clearly prefer McElwain’s style, even if it doesn’t seem to be producing any more success right now than Fairchild’s did.

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Video: Nick Carlson and Luke Ruff

Wyoming senior center Nick Carlson, left, and senior safety Luke Ruff talk about their careers to this point, and how they want to end them during Mountain West Football Media day functions Tuesday in Las Vegas.

You can also see this video and the complete story on these two on WyoSports.net. See the complete story, and how MW coaches reacted to the NCAA’s punishment on Penn State … along with other conference news and notes … in Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.

Video: Brian Hendricks

I’ve talked to the Wyoming senior linebacker a lot this season, but did one of my favorite stories of the year on him and his family ties to the Colorado State football program as his dad and grandpa played there. Hear what Brian had to say about it, and for more on the story, see Friday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.