Welcome! Any questions to get things started?
I think some of that depends on how much Cam practices today and Friday. He practiced yesterday, though wasn't moving around much during the 30 minutes media is allowed to attend. That said, he's a smart, veteran quarterback, so he's seen some 3-4 looks while at Indiana, which is what EMU will play. To answer your question, I'd say UW is better off with Coffman.
At the end of the day, Allen has never made a start. I'd take a seasoned starter, as long as he's healthy enough to move around well.
Ha, I understand your sentiment, Dave. I don't think anyone — even North Dakota fans — expected that last week. However, the Pokes are a 13-point favorite against EMU, which hasn't won a nonconference road game since 1988.
I don't think you're see many changes on the O-line as far as personnel goes. The five starters remain the same, at least according to the depth chart. I assume we'll see Renfree and Kiely rotating a bit at center, and you'll probably see some more of Zach Wallace at tackle.
Probably a combination of the two. UND won its final two games of 2014, including a win over FCS-ranked Northern Arizona. So it probably should've been picked higher than ninth in the Big Sky preseason poll. Wyoming certainly didn't perform. I think it's hard to set expectations for a team like UW, which has so many new starters (new QB, three new starting linemen, new TE, two new WRS, two new LBs, one new CB and two new safeties).
Caleb, Bohl has talked about the need to make changes and shore some things up execution-wise, but there won't be any personnel changes from what I've heard. UW pretty much has seven linemen it's comfortable playing (Cummings, Roullier, Renfree, Kiely, Boyland, Knestis and Wallace). But if they can't get it done this week, it'll be interesting to see if Bohl gives someone else a shot.
Yep, UND beautifully churned out long drives with first down after first down. Bohl said Wyoming will be placing a big focus on discipline this week to avoid penalties going forward.
The running game, IMHO. Twenty-nine yards is a brutal rushing total, and with Shaun Wick and Brian Hill in the backfield, I never expected to see that.
Anyone coming to Laramie for this week's game?
Come to think of it, Dave, I can't remember many (or any) screen passes. Hill caught a pass in the flats, but it wasn't a true screen play. I think that's an area Wyoming could have some success in. Wick and Hill are dangerous in space.
I can't blame ya, Adam. I haven't been to a Creighton basketball game in two years. Hard to find time
You guys are awful quiet today. Fire away with any questions, UW-related or not.
Never too early to talk basketball. Really looking forward to the season. I'm a big, big basketball guy.
Early projection: I think UW will surprise a bit this year. Not as far of a drop-off as one might think. Newcomers are really talented, and from what I've heard, Adams, Washington and Lieberman have made some nice strides in the offseason.
You obviously don't replace someone like Nance with one person. And with so much youth, there will undoubtedly be some bumps. But I can see this team building momentum by the end of the season and ready to make another run in 2016-17. We'll see.
Ha, still about 19,000 more than Minot State regularly draws for home football games. I enjoyed seeing game-day atmosphere last week, even if fans didn't have much to cheer about. Beautiful setting, that War Memorial Stadium.
Home for me is actually Minnesota, so I'd love to see Wyoming get a home-and-home (or even a two-for-one) with the Gophers. Heck, I could save the company money and crash at my folks' house.
Thanks for asking, Patrick. I've actually got a story filed about that very topic. That'll be posted later today, so keep an eye out for it.
Yes, that's a concern because the front four was supposed to be strong enough to take some pressure off the back seven.
Some of that is because they didn't get a good push, but a lot of it has to do with be aligned wrong. UND overloaded one side by moving over a tackle, which UW didn't adjust to very well. Some of that is on the linebackers, who are responsible for making the calls. So you can't pin everything on the front four, but certainly they need to improve going forward.
Anyone playing fantasy football? Just realized that the NFL season begins tonight. Need to set my lineup.
I'm pretty sure it's just a one-game suspension. Bohl doesn't comment on the suspensions, but I've simply been told he's out for EMU.
Right on. I'm in two, but only one money league. Team name: Somewhere Over Dwayne Bowe.
Nothing like a good fantasy football team name pun.
Haha, jamesdwyo!! I don't think I'm allowed to approve that comment, but that's a quality team name. Well done.
Patrick, absolutely. I've got a buddy (a UW grad) coming down for the New Mexico game. He's optimistic that the Pokes will improve this week. Saturday will be a telling sign of what's to come this season.
EMU running back Darius Jackson is a physical specimen. Six-foot, 221-pounds. Similar to Shaun Wick's build. Tough runner. He's going to be tough to stop. I think UW started to play better and faster defensively in the second half. That's reason for optimism. We'll see. I'm cautious to make any brilliant predictions after guessing that UW would beat UND 38-21 last week. Woof.
I could see that. If EMU quarterback Reggie Bell plays, Wyoming will really, really need to do a good job of keeping contain on the outside. He is very elusive. Though he was injured last week and might be sidelined.
He threw a couple of passing touchdowns, though, and EMU has some talent on the outside. And a big line.
Brian, Herndon and Barnes have put about five pounds on each — at least as of about a month ago when the roster was updated. I assume Herndon will start and Barnes will compete with Jordan Naughton and Hayden Dalton for playing time.
Unfortunately, practices were close all of summer. I'll try to get a basketball update or two here in the coming weeks. Basketball media day is at the end of this month already.
Yes, yes. Moemeka as well.
James, missing assignments. Defensive coordinator Steve Stanard told me the line had wrong alignments a handful of times, which made for awkward fits from the linebackers. That's good news, because that's fixable.
I can go another 10-20 minutes. Any more questions?
Let's go with Brian Hill. He's going to break one at some point. Having watched him in practice this year, he just looks like a guy who will end up in the NFL. Good speed, added strength from last year, etc.
Thanks again, and as always, keep reading the Casper Star-Tribune.