UW football award winners

The Wyoming football team held annual football senior banquet the day after the win over CSU last Sunday. Here are the individual winners: 

Gabe Knapton earned the Iron Man Award for the second consecutive year as the Pokes’ top performer in the weight room.

The Brian Lee Scholar-Athlete Award went to junior strong safety Luke Ruff.

Tashaun Gipson was the Defensive Back of the Year.

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Video: Mazi Ogbonna

Ogbonna is only one of two senior receivers on Wyoming’s roter (DeJay Lester is the other). He and Lester are the only two junior-college transfers part of this 13-person senior class. Yet, Ogbonna has a lot of responsiblity the rest of the season for the Cowboys with the loss of junior Chris McNeill with a season-ending injury.

UW-Air Force quotes

Some quotes from Wyoming players and coaches after the Cowboys’ 25-17 win over Air Force last Saturday.

“I swear I’ve never played in in something like that.” — true freshman quarterback Brett Smith on the winds that gusted upwards to 60 miles per hour.

“Who gives a crap. We’re going to show up and play whoever’s on the schedule. That’s for bettors and I bet on my guys to win every week. We don’t care what the odds-makers pick.” — coach Dave Christensen when asked if he knew UW was a 16-point underdog against Air Force.

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UW-Air Force postgame thoughts

Where to start?

Got to be impressed with Wyoming’s 25-17 win, which snaps a five-game losing streak to the Falcons and improves the Cowboys’ record to 6-3 overall and 3-1 in the Mountain West.

UW is tied for second place in the MW with Boise State (how about that home loss to TCU today?)

Got to give it to the defense. Sure, it gave up 312 rushing  yards, but it also allowed minus-1  yard passing. That’s unheard of, even for option-oriented offenses like Air Force. UW knocked Air Force starting quarterback Tim Jefferson out of the game after the first series, and senior Connor Dietz was never a throwing threat, although he ran it well for a team-high 85 yards.

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Monday’s football quick hits

Some highlights from Monday’s news conference with Wyoming football coach Dave Christensen and interviews with players:

–The defense garnered most of the attention after giving up 541 yards and 32 points against Weber State. There was a 5-minute players only meeting Sunday, and defensive coordinator Marty English described the defensive effort as “embarrassing.” Christensen said the schemes were good, but the execution wasn’t.

–UW will face a Texas State team Saturday — another FCS foe — that runs a pistol/option offense similar to Nevada. That means the Cowboys will have to be more assignment oriented on defense.

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Lester, Ogbonna seek more productive seasons

A lot was expected from receivers DeJay Lester and Mazi Ogbonna last season when the came to Wyoming from Snow College in Utah.

They were supposed to give UW the speed and deep-threat ability it sorely lacked. But the results weren’t there. Ogbonna was a respectable fourth on the team last season with 18 catches for 183 yards and a touchdown. Lester caught just two passes in seven games.

Now as seniors both expect more productive seasons.

“The difference was enormous in terms of getting used tot he speed and instincts of Division I athletes,” Ogbonna said. “Going against our defensive backs has helped slow the game down and now we’re able to show more of our talents.”

Ogbonna is listed as one of our staters at receiver for UW, while Lester is is backup.

“Mazi has had a good camp, and finished strong for us last year,” coach Dave Christensen said. “I think he’s comfortable now and doing a good job of leading. He’s practicing consistently. He’s going to be a productive player, and I think we’ll get more production out of him than we have in the past.

“DeJay continues to work hard. He hasn’t had the quite the success Mazi has had, but it hasn’t been because of a lack of effort.”

Click on the link below to see a video interview with Lester for more on this.

 

 

UW depth chart prediction

Monday afternoon Wyoming football coach Dave Christensen will speak to the media leading into Saturday’s season-opener against Weber State.

Christensen will release the depth chart for the first game. Some positions (quarterback) we know who will start. In fact, I don’t think there should be many surprises. But why wait until Monday afternoon? Here is how I think the depth chart will look. Would love to hear your thoughts.

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Video: Interview with WR Mazi Ogbonna

Here is the interview I did with Wyoming senior receiver Mazi Ogbonna after Tuesday’s practice, and after true freshman Brett Smith was named the starting quarterback. Here’s what he had to say.

First time doing video so I apologize for the movement and poor quality. Will work on it, but expect more videos to come soon and throughout the season.