UW football weighs in on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving can be tough for college football players and coaches because, more often than not, they’re season is still going on.

Craig Bohl

Craig Bohl

Wyoming is no different as it prepares to play its regular-season finale Saturday at New Mexico. Third-year coach Craig Bohl said there will be a “big team dinner” planned for Thanksgiving day.

I asked some guys on the team two questions leading into Thanksgiving: What they’re most thankful for and their favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal.

For Bohl, he said he was most thankful for this season’s seniors and how they’ve bought in and stuck it out from the start. As for the food, he said cranberries and turkey.

Here are the responses from others:

True freshman kicker Cooper Rothe

Most thankful: My teammates. Even when I struggled early, they stuck by me, supported me and told me they wanted me because I was good.

Food: Pie, and anything sweet.

Josh Allen

Josh Allen

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Josh Allen

Most thankful: The opportunity to play this beautifully violent game of football, and to play with the guys and coaches on this team. It’s definitely a family atmosphere.

Food: Mashed potatoes.

Sophomore defensive end Kevin Prosser

Most thankful: My family and being a part of this team.

Food: Turkey and yams.

Defensive ends coach AJ Cooper

Most thankful: My family, working with coach Bohl going on 12 years now and the kids we have in this program.

Food: Cranberry sauce with the berries, and I love all the pies.

Senior nose tackle Chase Appleby

Most thankful: My family who has supported me the whole way, and being part of this team.

Food: We do it a little different at the Appleby house. We do a Thanksgiving prime rib.

Jake Maulhardt

Jake Maulhardt

Senior wide receiver Jake Maulhardt

Most thankful: My family and my four younger brothers.

Food: Birthday cake because Thanksgiving falls on my birthday.

Sophomore free safety Andrew Wingard

Most thankful: To be able to play this game.

Food: Dressing with gravy.

Junior running back Brian Hill

Most thankful: The opportunity to play football.

Food: Dressing.

What about you all out there?

For me, I am most thankful for friends, family, and my 11-year-old Golden Retriever, Snyder. I am also thankful to all of you out there who follow UW sports and the coverage I try to provide.

As for food, after the meal is over I love leftover turkey sandwiches with lots of mayo and salt and pepper.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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4 thoughts on “UW football weighs in on Thanksgiving

  1. Rob,
    I missed the live chat and I have an interesting scenario to bounce off you. We beat NM and win MW Champ game, Air Force beats BSU and WMU loses to Toledo. Would we be highest ranked group of 5 aka Cotton Bowl? I now this is highly unlikely but seems within the realm of possibility.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Hi John,

      Even if those scenarios happen, it still isn’t likely because of Houston and Navy in the American Conference. Both are ranked in the College Football Playoff poll, I believe, right now. If one of those two teams wins that conference title that team likely would get a New Year’s 6 bowl bid. However, as we’ve seen in college football, anything can happen.

      Thanks for the comment and interest, and Happy Thanksgiving.


  2. Happy Thanksgiving Gags….appreciation all the work you do covering the Pokes for all us die-hards out there. Very thankful for a great football season from the Cowboys!!

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