Wyoming at Nevada football primer

Some news and notes prior to Wyoming’s game at Nevada, which kicks off at 8:30 p.m. MT Saturday at Mackay Stadium in Reno.

Per normal, here is my No. 1 key to the game for the Cowboys:

James Butler

James Butler

The Butler didn’t do it: Wyoming’s defense must slow down Nevada junior running back James Butler, who is fourth in the Mountain West in rushing (117.4 yards per game) and third in all-purpose yards (149.3 ypg). UW did a good job against Butler last season as he had 10 carries for 51 yards, but that was due in large part to it leading 28-7 late in the third quarter. If Butler gets going, that opens other things up for Nevada’s offense.

Do you agree or disagree? For more keys to the game, and also a story on Butler, see Saturday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.

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Wyoming vs. Northern Illinois State football primer

Some news, notes and quotes for Wyoming’s season-opening game Saturday night at home against Northern Illinois. Kick off is at 8:30 p.m. at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium. The game will be televised by CBS Sports Network.

First, my No. 1 key for the Cowboys:

Craig Bohl

Craig Bohl

A good start: Third-year UW coach Craig Bohl said earlier this week he wants his team to start strong and finish stronger throughout the season. The Cowboys must get off to a good start, which was a problem last season as they were outscored 125-28 in the first quarter. Finishing stronger won’t make a difference if UW finds itself in an early hole like it did most of the 2015.

Agree or disagree? For more keys and coverage of the game, see Saturday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.

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UW pro timing day highlights

Five former Wyoming football players performed for nine NFL scouts Thursday during UW’s pro timing day at the school’s indoor practice facility.

Defensive backs Chris Prosinski and Marcel Gibson, receiver David Leonard, offensive lineman Sam Sterner and running back Wynel Seldon worked out in front of scouts from the Denver Broncos, Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills and New York Giants.

The most anticipated drill was the 40-yard dash, and Prosinski had the fastest time at 4.42 seconds. All times were recorded on hand-held devices.

Prosinski has been training in Orlando, Fla., and said most of his training involved speed work.

“I was happy with that,” said Prosinski of his time.

After the drills, scouts worked extensively with Prosinski and Gipson doing a wide range of skill and agility drills specified for defensive backs. Prosinski was impressive in just about every drill he did.

Gipson said he ran a 4.45-second 40, but added he ran in soccer cleats hoping the lighter shoes would help his time. That wasn’t the case.

“I’ve got to wear the right shoes next time,” said Gipson, who will have another shot at a pro day at UW on March 24.

Seldon played at UW from 2005-08 and is the school’s third-leading rusher with 2,672 yards. When he left UW Seldon played for the Washington Redskins, and has had three different brief stays with the Buffalo Bills, and was last cut prior to the 2010 season.

Seldon currently lives in Dallas and just wants another chance to play in the NFL, whenever that may be with the pending lockout of players coming up at midnight tonight.

“I felt like I was in good shape and executed the drills pretty well,” said Seldon, who ran a 4.53 40. “I wanted to show teams I’m still in shape and ready to go. I wanted to come up here and re-market myself.”

Leonard ran a 4.54 40 and said he liked the chance to out and compete with former teammates. He would like a chance to play at the next level as much as the next guy, but also is trying not to put too much pressure on himself.

“I had a few drops I’d like to have back, but hopefully someone will like what they saw and give me a shot,” he said. “With high pressure on a day like this with scouts and fans watching, you just have to keep your composure and realize it’s just football. This is stuff you’ve been doing for years. You need to believe in your work and believe in your skills.”

Several fans attended the event, along with a lot of current UW players and coaches.