VIDEO: Renaldo Hill

Wyoming cornerbacks coach Renaldo Hill talks about the thin numbers he has at both cornerback and safety, and how a couple of players may play both positions in the Cowboys’ regular-season finale at Utah State Saturday. The interview was done on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 in Laramie, Wyo.

For more on UW’s defensive secondary struggles, see Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang and log on to Also a reminder that WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi’s weekly live chat on UW sports has been moved up to 3 p.m. TODAY. No chat on Thanksgiving. Be sure to see this blog and for the link.

Strength vs. strength for UW and Utah State

Wyoming’s offense versus Utah State’s defense.

Those are the strengths of the two teams when both play at noon Saturday at Romney Stadium in Logan, Utah.

Utah State (7-4, 6-1) leads the MW in seven defensive categories, and is seventh nationally in scoring defense (17.6 points per game), 10th in third-down conversion defense (31.5 percent) and tied for 12th in total defense (333.4 yards per game).

UW (5-6, 3-4) is 13th in total offense at just under 500 yards of total offense per game.

This is what UW coach Dave Christensen said about the Aggies’ defense Monday during his weekly interview session with the media.

“Most people haven’t had a lot of success that has played them,” he said. “Every single player plays extremely hard the entire play for every single play. They’re very talented players that have great motors. They have a lot of experience. They can get great pressure on the quarterback. They are tight as can be in man coverage. They pressure, they blitz and they get there. They definitely are the best defense we’ve played this year.”

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Young ready to help UW defense any way he can

Bill Young, Wyoming’s new quality control staff member in football, got to Laramie Sunday and was quickly put to work.

“I was up at 3:45 a.m. (Monday morning) because Jamar is a worker,” Young said with a laugh about interim UW defensive coordinator Jamar Cain.

The uniform combination for Wyoming's home game with Fresno State Saturday, which UW is promoting as a "white out" game. Photo by Robert Gagliardi/WyoSports

The uniform combination for Wyoming’s home game with Fresno State Saturday, which UW is promoting as a “white out” game. Photo by Robert Gagliardi/WyoSports

Part of the reason Young was up that early is because UW practices during the morning hours this season. The long-time defensive coach and defensive coordinator at the college level attended UW’s Monday morning practice.

So what exactly does a quality control staff member do?

First, Young is not a full-time staff member. NCAA rules allow colleges to have nine full-time assistant coaches. Even though UW fired defensive coordinator Chris Tormey last week, it promoted graduate assistant Dwain Crawford to full-time status for the rest of the season to help cornerbacks coach Renaldo Hill with UW’s defensive backs.

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VIDEO: Cowboys Coaches Clinic: Renaldo Hill

This is the sixth of a season-long series of video interviews with University of Wyoming football coaches, and how they teach and coach certain aspects of the game. This one features cornerbacks coach Renaldo Hill, along with junior cornerback Blair Burns (20) and redshirt freshman cornerback Cortland Fort (16). Hill demonstrates some press techniques with his players in man-to-man coverage.

Look for these videos every Friday throughout the rest of the season.

Pokes finally home again

Hard to believe it has been four weeks — or a month — since the Wyoming football team played a home game.

The Cowboys (3-2 overall, 1-0 Mountain West) host New Mexico (2-3, 0-1) for homecoming Saturday at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.

“We’re excited to get back to the War, play in front of our home crowd and continue our winning streak at the War,” junior receiver Dominic Rufran said. “We are excited to play to show what exactly we can do.”

We all know what UW needs to do against New Mexico: Contain the Lobos’ top-ranked rushing offense, and be better on offense itself.

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Bruce moves to TE

Wyoming senior Spencer Bruce of Gillette was moved from receiver to tight end when fall camp started after junior Riley Lange moved from tight end to defensive end.

Bruce brings decent size to the position at 6-5, 225. He has played in 12 games in his

Spencer Bruce

Spencer Bruce

career, and has five catches for 56 yards and one touchdown.

“It’s a little bit different (playing tight end), but we have great coaches teaching me new techniques and showing me the offense from a different position. The transition so far has been pretty easy.”

Bruce was recruited by UW as a defensive end.

Bruce and junior-college transfer J.D. Krill are the only two players on scholarship working at tight end.

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