How's everybody doing today? I've got my PB&J and Coca-Cola. In other words, I'm ready to go. Who's got a question?
Hey, Pokes! Good question. Wyoming has a full defensive staff, so Young isn't tecnically allowed to deal directly with the players. Instead, he'll be working with the coaches, watching film and creating a game plan. In a way, he'll be a coach for the coaches. And with as young a defensive staff as Wyoming has, that's not a bad thing.
Sure. It'll be a very telling game. It's not an exhibition game like last week, so expect less players getting into the rotation. Still, Shyatt said yesterday that 10-11 guys could play.
He also said Charles Hankerson Jr. will play. He'll probably be one of the first few subs. I'd expect to see the same starting lineup as last week, since they played so well last week.
That being Grabau, Adams, Sobey, Cooke, Nance.
Shyatt isn't talking about it. Rumor is that it was a small disciplinary thing, like being late to a class or practice. But he will definitely play Friday. Sounds like nothing serious.
Shyatt said yesterday that he hopes Hank focuses on defense. He's a big body, capable of guarding multiple positions. I'd also like to see him penetrate and draw some fouls. He turns the ball over too much, but I saw a good knack for passing in the preseason.
I like their back court options. You've got Adams, Grabau, Washington, Hankerson, Granberry, Sobey. It'll be interesting to see who plays best with each other.
For those that missed last week's exhibition, Trey Washington was the offensive star. He's going to turn some heads, play a lot as a true freshman.
He and Grabau have also been very consistent from behind the arc.
They're likely to go small a lot now. Matt Sellers broke his hand in practice this week, so he'll be out 3-4 weeks. I wouldn't be surprised to see them go to a 4-guard lineup at times. Granberry or Hankerson could also flex and guard a bigger guy.
Shyatt has said in the past that he has the flexibility to go small. With Sellers out, Keonta Vernon could also see more minutes at forward. Lots of playing time for Nance likely. He'll definitely lead the team in minutes.
I've seen it be extremely effective. It just depends on personnel. Two years ago, Missouri was a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tourney with a 4-guard lineup and almost no forntcourt. They have to speed things up a bit, move the ball quickly, spread the court and then feed Nance.
If their ball movement is good and they spread the court, that'll open up their shooters.
With that said, when Mountain West play starts, you're still going to have to guard bigs. It'll be an interesting look.
From what I've heard, there's supposed to be no more snow. But of course, it'll be a bit chilly. Probably in the 20s, but clear.
It can happen, but it's definitely unlikely. Fresno State has had a number of near-losses this year, some to mediocre teams. Wyoming needs to score a lot, which they're certainly capable of. The defense also needs to respond to interim D coordinator Jamar Cain. They need to limit big plays, put more pressure on Carr and force turnovers.
And when you're playing an offense that throws it as much as Fresno does, I'd be rooting for cold weather and swirling winds.
The big defensive change of the last few days, personnel wise, is that DeAndre Jones is competing with Tim Hayes at CB. Jones intercepted 3 balls in practice today, which is a HUGE day. Christensen said both will play on Saturday.
And if you remember, Hayes has dropped several big near-interceptions the last few weeks.
The offense is pretty much the same. Jake Maulhardt will keep playing a lot at WR, after he snagged his first TD against SJSU. He's Wyoming's tallest receiver at 6-6.
Six sounds high, but he's dropped at least 3 INTs in the last 3 games. A big drop against CSU that could have been a pick six, and another in the end zone at SJSU
Definitely. He'll start here for years, but those INTs are a matter of confidence. Right now, I think that's in his head.
Fine, there's been no issues. I think these guys are used to these traditions. If there are drops on Saturday night, it may be more about them not reacting more to the moment (and ESPN2)