Hey there, everybody! We'll get started right at 2 p.m. MT. I'll be happy to take any Wyoming football/basketball questions/rants that you have.
All right, it's about that time. How's everybody doing today? I know it's been a trying week for all of us. Let's consider this therapy. Who's got a question to kick things off?
In a word, lots. San Jose State is traditionally not a running team, but there's no doubt they'll attack the middle of Wyoming's line this week. And another issue for Wyoming is that they need to get pressure on the quarterback. David Fales is deadly when he's comfortable in the pocket.
And it's true that Wyoming has faced a lot of option teams, but still only 4 sacks in last 5 games. Not going to cut it.
Sadly, he's out for the year. Set to have surgery this week. He hurt his shoulder in the New Mexico game.
In his place, Jesse Sampson and Chad Reese are battling for the starting safety job. Sampson started last week, but based on what I've seen in practice it looks like Reese may have the upper hand there.
Ugly might be an understatement. But intensity in practice last week was not the issue. They seem to be motivated to make up for it against San Jose State, but it's hard to say at this point. I know they were pumped to play CSU too, but once they hit the field they looked lifeless.
Practice can only tell you so much for this team.
From what I've seen, there could be a pretty big rotation. My early prediction for the starting 5 is Riley Grabau, Josh Adams, Nate Sobey, Derek Cooke Jr and Larry Nance Jr.
But Trey Washington, Charles Hankerson Jr. and Jerron Granberry all look like they have a chance to start as well.
I think he'll definitely play, after he had 2 catches for 18 yards last week. He's definitely a big target at 6-6, the tallest guy on the team. But I'd still be surprised if he had a breakout game. Smith still has more chemistry, faith in Rufran, Herron, Claiborne, Gentry.
I actually think he's been the most reliable receiver thus far. He hasn't dropped too many or fumbled all year. If we're talking drop issues, Herron is the one that needs to improve the most. Dropped two deep balls in last two weeks.
With Herron, I think it's all mental. Christensen says that no one wants to have a big day more than Herron does. I think once he makes one big play, the floodgates may open.
And it looks like in practice they're trying to get him the ball more in open space with room to work. Lots of short slants, outs and WR screens. High percentage passes where he can take the ball and go with it.
They took some shots, but Smith was a little off, as was Herron in a few cases. One thing that threw off the deep game was the fact that CSU got consistent pressure on Smith. He looked uncomfortable all game, and he was rushing passes. To that, DC said if they can get more yards on early downs, that'll take stress off the OL.
They were projected 7th, and I think they can land a bit better than that if they find scoring. I think they'll definitely try to run a bit more, though that won't be their identity. This is still a defense-first team. And from what I've seen, they'll still be taking a lot of 3's. They want to spread the floor and hope their outside shooters can free up Nance inside to operate.
I could see them potentially running a bunch of 4-guard sets, with Nance, as well.
Good point, Tim. He's definitely pressing. Herron is more deadly against a zone, because since he's a smaller guy he sometimes struggles with getting off jams. Get him the ball in space, though, and he'll break a few, as he did against Idaho.
They lost Martinez on that front, but they've gained some 3-shooters as well. Granberry will shoot it well from distance. Grabau can shoot it, Haldorson can shoot it if he plays at all, and I was pleasantly surprised with Trey Washington's touch from long range.
Not on the defensive line. Wyoming is very thin there, so until Riley Lange comes back (and if he actually contributes), they're kind of stuck with what they have. On the OL, Albert Perez and Rafe Kiely are still competing at center. They both played at times last week.
I think so. From what I've seen, he's improved in just about every way. He's gained some muscle, worked on his mid range game and post moves. In the team's scrimmage last week, he had three putback dunks. The question will be if the rest of the Cowboys will score enough to avoid double teams on Nance.
He's healthy now, but he hasn't played. I don't know if the coaches just don't like what they've seen, but he's practiced with the third-team this week. Doesn't look like he's going to be playing any on Saturday, though he is listed as a backup at one of the DE positions.
With the lack of depth on the D-Line, I think if the coaches thought he could help them, he'd play. Doesn't seem to have impressed since coming back from injury.
A reminder, by the way: Wyoming basketball's first exhibition game is just over a week away, next Thursday. The season is indeed on its way.
Wyoming hosts CU-Colorado Spring at the AA at 7 pm.