Here’s some leftover quotes from former Wyoming receiver/return specialist Jovon Bouknight — now the receivers coach at Utah State — that didn’t make my story in today’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.
“We joke about it, but for the most part this is a very important game for us regardless of who is coming in this week. We’ve got to get a win under our belt. We’re going to be hungry regardless of whoever was coming in. It just happens to be the good ole Cowboys coming in.”
“(Becoming a coach) has been a journey that’s happened real fast. I’m blessed to be in this position, and have met and worked with some great guys along the way. I love being a wide receivers coach. I was there not too long ago. I kind of understand exactly what they’re going through on and off the field.”
“You’ve got to change a little bit (going from being a player to a coach), but you’ve got to take those situations for what it is. There are times to be more laid back, and times to be more vocal. I believe in going out there and being comfortable, relaxed and focused. That’s the approach I take with my guys.”
Bouknight, now 28, said he doesn’t run routes with his guys, or even to teach them how to run routes. However, he told me sometimes he will play defense against them to “give them a look from time to time.”
Gotta say, it was great to talk to Bouknight again. I don’t go back in terms of history as many UW fans do, but he was one of my favorite Cowboys to watch and cover. If he was a shade faster, he’s probably still in the NFL right now.