VIDEO: Shaun Wick

Wyoming sophomore running back Shaun Wick recorded his first-career 100-yard game against No. 18 Nebraska. He talks about that and his preparation to try and get his second against Idaho this week. The interview was done on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 in Laramie, Wyo.

For more on Wick and UW football, see Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang or log on to wyosports.net.

Christensen likes Cowboys’ practices

Fifth-year Wyoming football coach Dave Christensen said the team’s first practice Monday following its 37-34 loss at No. 22 Nebraska (was No. 18 prior to the game) was the best he’s seen since he has been the coach at UW.

Christensen had more praise for his team following Tuesday morning’s practice at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.

“I thought we were really sharp offensively, and that’s where I am at mostly (during practice),” he said. “I need to watch the film and talk to the defensive coaches, but it sounded like they were pretty positive on how things went down.

“I thought our protections, routes and the passing game was really on. That’s encouraging.”

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Cowboys shift focus to Idaho

Wyoming coach Dave Christensen and his players reflected back on the Cowboys’ 37-34 loss to No. 18 Nebraska last Saturday during their weekly press conference with the media Monday afternoon.

There are lots of reasons for optimism, but several players pointed out one thing — UW has yet to win a game.

Here is Wyoming's uniform combination for its home-opener against Idaho on Saturday, Sept. 7. Photo by Robert Gagliardi/WyoSports

Here is Wyoming’s uniform combination for its home-opener against Idaho on Saturday, Sept. 7. Photo by Robert Gagliardi/WyoSports

That’s the goal — and motivation — for Saturday’s home-opener against Idaho, which lost 40-6 in its opener last ¬†Saturday at North Texas.

“It was great we were able to do what we did (at Nebraska), but we didn’t win,” junior quarterback Brett Smith said. “We have to find the mistakes we made and work on them. That’s what we are doing this week and trying to get ready for Idaho.”

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UW ready for heat, humidity of Nebraska

No. 18 Nebraska poses plenty of challenges on the field for the University of Wyoming football team Saturday.

And so does the weather.

The forecast for Lincoln, Neb., Saturday is a high of 98 degrees with 58 percent humidity. By the time the game kicks off at 7 p.m. local time, the temperature should be cooler but probably in the mid to high 80s.

UW has played in hot and humid conditions in the past: last year and 2010 at Texas, and in 2009 at Florida Atlantic. The Cowboys handled the heat and humidity well then, and coach Dave Christensen doesn’t think it will be an issue Saturday, either.

“It will be the same program we have used every year,” Christensen said. “The humidity hasn’t been an issue for us yet, so we don’t imagine it will be too much of a problem Saturday night.”

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UW defensive, special teams depth chart for Nebraska

Friday I wrote what I thought Wyoming’s offensive depth chart for the Aug. 31 season-opener at Nebraska would look like.

Today I offer you what I think the depth chart will look like on defense and special teams. As always, I welcome your comments, thoughts and questions.

DEFENSE

Nose tackle

Patrick Mertens, Sr., 6-5, 295

Uso Olive, RFr., 6-1, 293

Chase Appleby, RFr., 6-0, 289

Defensive tackle

Justin Bernthaler, Sr., 6-2, 260

Troy Boyland, Jr., 6-2, 302

Defensive end

Eddie Yarbrough, So., 6-3, 257

J.J. Quinlan, Sr., 6-1, 248

Buck

Sonny Puletasi, Jr., 6-3, 251

Saiosi Hala’api’api, So., 6-2, 248

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UW football fall camp: Practice 17

Wyoming junior starting quarterback Brett Smith was at practice Tuesday morning, but he didn’t do much.

Smith missed Monday’s workouts with flu-like symptoms. Smith participated in some individual drills, but didn’t take part in any of the team periods. Sophomore backup Jason Thompson replaced Smith for the second consecutive day.

Brett Smith

Brett Smith

“Not very good,” said Smith when I asked him how he felt after practice Tuesday. He said he had the flu and also an ear infection, which caused him to feel dizzy at times during practice. I would be surprised if Smith participates in Wednesday’s scrimmage, which marks the end of fall camp.

When asked what he is doing to get better, Smith said: “Medicine and rest.”

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UW football fall camp: Day 9

Two things dominated the the players first day off of fall camp on Tuesday for Wyoming — meetings and treatment.

Coach Dave Christensen the day was filled with meetings with coaches and medical treatments for players, and also a team swimming gathering at the Laramie Community Recreation Center. The Cowboys are pretty banged up at this point, even though most of the injuries are minor.

Christensen liked how the team came back from their day off during Wednesday morning’s practice. The Cowboys also practiced in the afternoon.

Still, the Cowboys’ top three running backs and top two cornerbacks remained limited due to injuries. Senior Brandon Miller, true freshman Omar Stover and sophomore Shaun Wick saw limited action at running back. Miller and Stover saw more action than in previous days, and Christensen is hopeful they will play in Saturday’s scrimmage.

Christensen is also hopeful junior cornerback Blair Burns will scrimmage Saturday. He didn’t sound as hopeful junior DeAndre Jones, although his injury also is not believed to be serious.

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