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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UW-CSU 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 about Saturday’s Border War with the University of Wyoming in Laramie.

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Look for Q&As with beat writers that cover UW football opponents every week throughout the season.

 

How is Colorado State mentally and physically after its 34-27 homecoming loss to San Jose State? From comments from coaches and players it appeared that was a tough loss for the squad to take.

It was an unusually tough loss for the Rams. It was the conference opener and a chance to get a fresh start after going 2-3 in nonconference games. It was an opportunity to build on the momentum gained from wins over Cal Poly and UTEP, sandwiched around a strong showing in a loss at top-ranked Alabama. There were 26,022 fans — the largest crowd at Hughes Stadium since last year’s Boise State game — there for them to win back after four disappointing seasons in a row.

Plus, they blew a second-half lead in a game they went on to lose again, just as they had done in the first two games of the season against Colorado and Tulsa. It was a real setback for the Rams.

Physically, it took a toll, too, with star linebacker Shaquil Barrett suffering an ankle sprain that has made him questionable for the Border War, and nose tackle Josh Lovingood, a true freshman who made his first start while senior Calvin Tonga deals with “some personal issues” suffering a foot injury that could require surgery. Tonga isn’t expected to play this week, either, so the Rams will be down to a rotation of their third-, fourth- and fifth-stringers at nose tackle.

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Cowboys brave the cold

Just how cold was it during Wyoming’s football practice Tuesday morning at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium?

Water froze immediately once it touched the benches along the sideline.

Temperatures were in the 20s and the wind chill factor was in the teens during much of the two-hour practice in which the team was in full pads in preparation for Saturday’s Border War game with Colorado State in Laramie.

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