Cowboys Open Spring Practice

Wyoming hit the ground running in its first day of spring drills. See what coaches had to say about the day's performances…

The combination of installing a new offense and kicking off the first day of spring drills was enough to keep just about everybody on their toes.

Including the head coach.

"I'm telling you, the practice was moving so fast that it was hard for me to…see what play was going on, what hash (it was) on (and) what personnel (were) in the game," Wyoming head coach Joe Glenn said after leading his football team through its first official spring practice today.

The Cowboys are in the process of implementing a new offensive system under the direction of recently-hired offensive coordinator Bob Cole, and while the kinks still need some ironing out, Glenn said he was excited about the speed of the day's drills.

"It's all a little new for me," he said. "I understand what we're doing, but boom, boom, boom, we're just hitting a lot of plays with the idea of getting more kids more reps."

The increased tempo will give Glenn's players plenty of chances to see themselves in action on film, something the head coach said they'll be starting tomorrow.

"A picture's worth a thousand words," he said, "so I'm excited. The pace is exceptional."

Back in Action, with a New Look…

After having more than three months to think about his team's 1-6 finish in the second half of last season, Glenn said he and his players were anxious to get back on the field.

"I think we were all disheartened a little bit,…our friends and our fans and our families, but you know what, that's in the rearview mirror. I've turned the corner," he said. "(I'm) just excited, really excited about a new opportunity. I love the kids, love the coaches, and probably the most exciting thing around here for a while is the addition of Bob Cole."

Cole brings an offensive scheme with him to Laramie that Glenn said will feature similar plays to what Wyoming ran in 2007, but different coaching techniques.

"A lot of terminology is different, and when you have so many shifts and motions and formations, it takes a little while to catch on, even though the formations are pretty much the same," Glenn said.

The Need for Speed…

Today was the first chance Cole has had to see his new players in action, and he said he was pleasantly surprised by the speed of Wyoming's wide receivers. The group will "totally" fit his system, Cole said.

"I think we can go to battle with these guys and do well," he said. "We got a couple guys out there that can flat get going."

Cole specifically mentioned wide receivers Donate Morgan, Chris Johnson and Travis Burkhalter as having "breakaway speed."

All Eyes on the Signal Callers…

The position under arguably the most scrutiny this spring will be the quarterback spot, where returning starter Karsten Sween will be battling rising senior Ian Hetrick, redshirt freshman Chris Stutzriem and junior college transfer Dax Crum for the top spot on the depth chart.

Hetrick and Sween each worked out with the first team today, and Cole said they both "did some good things."

Their counterparts, however, didn't fare nearly as well. Stutzreim struggled with his accuracy in passing drills, overthrowing receivers on several occasions, and Crum was intercepted near the end of practice by linebacker Jake Edmunds, who returned the pick for a touchdown.

"Dax is still learning," Cole said, "and Chris probably didn't have one of his better days. But then we'll grade them again after the Friday practice and keep going through the whole deal.

"I hope somebody does good every practice so that we have a guy or two up there, which I think we will by the end."

The Cowboys will practice every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday for the next four weeks, with an initial spring scrimmage scheduled for Saturday, April 12 at 1 p.m. and a final spring game slated to take place a week later.

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