“Noodles” trying to make his mark with UW football

Wyoming sophomore Antonio Hull has started the Cowboys’ first two games at field cornerback. He has a team-high three pass break-ups, and also has six tackles. Hull

Antonio Hull

Antonio Hull

played in all 12 games last season as a true freshman, playing cornerback and on special teams. He finished with 33 tackles, and started the final eight games at field cornerback.

Hull’s nickname is “Noodles” and rarely do you hear his coaches or teammates call him by his real name. Hull said the nickname was given to him by his father when he was a kid, and is based off the “Noodles” character from the move “Once Upon a Time in America, a 1984 Italian-American film that had Robert De Niro and James Woods. It chronicles the lives of Jewish ghetto youths who rise to prominence in New York City’s world of organized crime.

“Noodles was a leader of a group, but he was young. My dad liked it and he started calling me that,” Hull said.

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UW at Nebraska postgame thoughts

Through three quarters it was a game.

Wyoming trailed 24-17 at Nebraska after three quarters and early into the fourth. But then the turnovers came and Nebraska took advantage in a 52-17 drubbing.

Even though the Cowboys were in the game at 24-17, it almost felt like they were hanging on by a thread — at least it did to me. Credit UW for hanging in there, but as third-year coach Craig Bohl said, football games are 60 minutes.

Here is more from Bohl after the game.

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Wyoming at Nebraska football live chat replay

Here’s the replay of my live chat from the University of Wyoming’s 52-17 loss at Nebraska Saturday in front of 88,895 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

For more UW sports coverage, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.

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Wyoming at Nebraska football primer

Some notes and quotes to get you ready for the Wyoming at Nebraska football game. Kickoff is at 10 a.m. MT Saturday. Going from one extreme to the other in terms UW’s season-opener last week at home vs. Northern Illinois that didn’t start until 10:20 p.m. MT and ended at 2:34 a.m. Sunday.

— Wyoming has defeated only one current member of from the Big Ten Conference. That was Wisconsin, 21-12 on Sept. 27, 1986 in Madison, Wisconsin. That was Dennis Erickson’s first and only season as UW’s coach. The Cowboys are 1-17 all-time against current teams from the Big Ten.

Tommy Armstrong Jr.

Tommy Armstrong Jr.

— “He can throw it a country mile. He’s good in a pocket situation, but he’s extremely dangerous when he gets out of the corner and making plays with his legs or being able to throw on the run. A lot of that comes down to being disciplined and contain the rush lanes and doing your job and not somebody else’s job.” — UW coach Craig Bohl on Nebraska senior quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr.

— “We’ve tried to show them where they can be aggressive without crossing the line. Our offense is not designed for third down and long. When it happens in a game, that sends a message.” — Bohl on UW’s 10 penalties for 100 yards last week.

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UW sports live chat replay

Here’s the replay from my weekly live chat on University of Wyoming sports on Thursday, Sept. 8.

Lots of good questions and dialogue from Wyoming’s season-opening 40-34 triple-overtime win over Northern Illinois last week, as well as some UW hoops news as Pine Bluffs’ Hunter Thompson committed to play for the Pokes earlier this week.

I will live chat from the UW-Nebraska football game Saturday, starting at 9:45 a.m. from Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. Links to the chat will be at wyosoprts.net and this blog.

For more UW sports coverage, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang and log on to wyosports.net.

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Cowboys begin preparations for Cornhuskers

Labor Day was no holiday for Wyoming football and the people who cover the team.

Coach Craig Bohl held his weekly news conference Monday afternoon, and the team began its preparations for its next game Saturday at Nebraska.

Here is the link to Bohl’s entire news conference.


No significant changes to the Cowboys’ depth chart this week. Take a look for yourself.

Wyoming depth chart vs. Nebraska

Wyoming depth chart vs. Nebraska

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VIDEO: Dominic Rufran

Wyoming junior wide receiver Dominic Rufran talks about the Cowboys’ 37-34 loss at No. 18 Nebraska on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 in Lincoln, Neb. Rufran caught a career-high 11 passes for 120 yards.

See Monday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and log on to wyosports.net for more UW football coverage, and what players, coaches and fans said after last Saturday’s game.

UW-Nebraska: What they were saying

WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi is doing a new feature this season followed UW football games of what players, coaches and fans were saying after the Cowboys win or lose.

And of course, you can let Gagliardi know what you are thinking anytime via the blog, Twitter or comments on wyosports.net.

Here’s what he came up:

— “Unbelievable, man. Moral victory or not, Nebraska knows that the Cowboys are explosive.” — via Twitter from @johnywyo.

— “Good game! Still not sold on the team, but a good start to the season.” — via Twitter from @mattfallin1.

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