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Coming off one of the most unusual college football seasons ever, head coach Craig Bohl is looking forward to a full spring with a normal evaluation process and get his team prepared for the season. We really want to identify what things we can do well. With this being the first spring football since the spring ofBohl, his coaching staff and his players are hungry to get back on the field.
They will have 15 practices this spring to get a jump start on the season. For Bohl, now entering his eighth season at Wyoming, his 19th as a college head coach and his 41st overall season as an assistant or head coach this is a special time of year. two is to install the fundamentals or our offense and defense, and then the third thing is to experiment and tweek things. To be able to get out for 15 days of good weather and work with our players is really rewarding.
I know our coaching staff is looking forward to it, and I believe our players are looking forward to it too. A factor that will make this spring unique was the decision by the NCAA to grant student-athletes an added year of eligibility due to the interrupted season of That offers schools across the nation an opportunity to have many experienced players return who otherwise would have graduated and exhausted their eligibility.
I think more guys than ever hit their personal bests in winter conditioning whether it be speed or strength. Bohl has spoken in the offseason about re-engineering the Wyoming offense. To be able to be explosive, to be able to stress a defense and attack a defense it is really going to be important for us to find that identity this spring. Wyoming will have a new offensive coordinator this year Cowboy looking to Laramie Wyoming down former Cowboy associate head coach Brent Vigen earned an opportunity this offseason to become the head coach at Montana State. Tim Polasek will take over the Wyoming offense as coordinator after serving as the offensive line coach at the University of Iowa the past four seasons.
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In addition to the two new members of the offensive coaching staff, current Cowboy wide receivers coach Mike Grant was promoted to Passing-Game Coordinator in the offseason. Coach Polasek and I worked together for many years, and what has been enjoyable for me is to see his personal growth. It is exciting to take a new look at things. On the defensive side of the ball, the Cowboys were one of the top performing defenses in the country. Defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel returns with his entire defensive coaching staff and all 11 starters. In addition to those returning starters, a of talented players who opted out of last season are also returning.
The Cowboy defenders were also very disruptive, ranking No. A total of 17 different Cowboys recorded tackles for loss in and 10 different Pokes recorded sacks.
Not only are there a great of players returning for Wyoming inbut there is a very strong core of leaders coming back. How Bohl sees that impacting his program, he says, depends on how that leadership is utilized. Several Cowboys had outstanding seasons in the shortened season of For the second consecutive season, junior running back Xazavian Valladay led the Mountain West in rushing and ranked among the Top 20 running backs in then nation.
Muma led the Mountain West in tackles and ranked No. He also ranked No. Muma emerged as one of the best linebackers in the Mountain West and the nation his junior season after playing behind former Cowboys and NFL Draft picks Logan Wilson and Cassh Maluia his freshman and sophomore seasons. Cryder was the leader of an outstanding offensive line. When talking about those outstanding individuals he has returning, Bohl focused on not only their individual skills but also the positive, team-first attitude they bring to the program. Many times when guys get to the tail end of their career they will begin to focus on individual goals.
Those guys have demonstrated themselves to be ultimate team players. When you get your better players who are really team players first, that is when you are going to operate at a high level. The season required a focus on player safety and following protocols that would limit COVID exposure in order for teams to play as many games as possible. The Cowboy players, coaches and staff did an outstanding job of maintaining the discipline necessary to follow proper protocols throughout the season.
But some of those protocols limited normal team functions such as in-person team meetings, team meals on the road, etc. I want to send a shout out to our fans to get your tickets because War Memorial Stadium is going to be rocking and these senior leaders and captains are going to do a great job of representing Wyoming.
The return of Alonzo Velazquez, who was an entrenched starter before he missed last season with an injury, will make us even deeper.
We have five quarterbacks going through spring practice, which is a positive situation. I would say that Sean is probably moving at about 90 percent right now, which is on target. Hank Gibbs is one of those.
Then we have a transfer, Jayden Clemons, from Utah, and Gavin Beerup is another returning quarterback. Xazavian Valladay and Trey Smith are both back. We feel like we have a of good wide receivers coming back, and a lot of our younger players at that position got good experience last year.
Ravontae Holt will not be going through spring football, and Jordan Bertagnole will not be going through spring. Overall our defensive s were good last Cowboy looking to Laramie Wyoming down. What I think we need to do a better job of is creating more takeaways. That comes from guys playing with confidence and being aggressive.
Last year, I thought our coaching staff really did a good job of implementing some new schemes. We certainly utilized some different things with our linebackers. We need to make sure we continue to get pressure on the quarterback. Last season, Wyoming entered the offseason searching for a replacement for both its punter and place-kicker. In one of the biggest and most pleasant surprises of the season, true freshman place-kicker John Hoyland stepped to the forefront.
He ended the season ranked No. He hit the ball well last fall in practice, but he was just inconsistent. It will be fun to see him perform this spring. I think our kicking game is solid. Actions Facebook Tweet. Wyoming Cowboys open spring football drills. By: Scott Breen. Leadership Returning Not only are there a great of players returning for Wyoming inbut there is a very strong core of leaders coming back.
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