Laramie, Wyo. (March 16, 2017) — Wyoming Cowboy Football will begin its on-field preparation for the 2017 season this Tuesday. The first day of Spring Practice will kick off with a media luncheon at Noon in the Wildcatter Stadium Club and Suites at War Memorial Stadium. A late afternoon practice will conclude the first day.
The Cowboys are coming off one of their most successful seasons in recent history. UW hosted the 2016 Mountain West Championship Game, as winners of the Mountain Division, and earned a bid to the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. The Pokes defeated two Top 25 ranked teams along the way, earned the National Team of the Week honors from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) for one of those Top 25 wins and accomplished all that against the 19th most difficult schedule in the country among all 128 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams and the second most difficult schedule among all Group of Five schools.
Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl returns for his fourth season as the Cowboy head coach. The 2016 Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year led the Cowboys to one of the biggest turnarounds in college football in 2016, but after the conclusion of the 2016 season his attention quickly turned to what lies ahead for Wyoming Football. “Taking another step forward as a football program is our focus entering this spring,” said Bohl. “Last year, we were competitive within our conference, but we need to continue to take steps to improve.”
“There are certain areas of our football team that we feel pretty good about. Obviously, the quarterback position is more entrenched than it has been, and the safety and cornerback spots return a lot of experienced players. “I think we have some young, emerging wide receivers, who we are really excited about. “I believe we’ll be stronger at the defensive line position. We have a lot more depth there. “We have a returning place-kicker in place, and it will be important to continue to improve there. “We have a lot of returning offensive linemen, but we will have to find a center and we have a couple candidates in our existing group that we may look to move into that position.”
Bohl said that spring practice will take a similar structure as the past three years, but there will be some aspects of practices that will have to take into account depth at certain positions due to off season rehabilitation of injuries. “Typically in spring our goals are: one, to install our systems on offense, defense and the kicking game; the next goal is to evaluate personnel; and the third one is to experiment a little bit with different schemes,” said Bohl. “It will be similar, but we will be sensitive to our depth and our injury situation. We will practice Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and later in spring we plan to have a couple live scrimmages.”
The Cowboys are allowed 15 spring practices, which will be spread over five weeks. One of the five Saturday practices will be a practice open to fans and media to be held at Natrona County High School in Casper on April 8 at 1:00 pm, weather permitting. The other open practice will be the Spring Game on Saturday, April 22 at 2:00 pm in War Memorial Stadium.