Things have changed a lot for the football players at Wyoming.
A new coaching staff has brought a change of attitude, a new work ethic and an entirely new way of doing things.
For red shirt freshman middle linebacker Gabe Knapton, the transition has been a lot easier since his former position coach Marty English is now his defensive coordinator.
"It's really good that he got the job," Knapton told CowboyBlitz.com Wednesday. "I know what to expect. Coach English demanded a lot from us at the linebacker position last fall, now he is just demanding that same attitude towards the entire defense, it will make us a lot better as a group."
According to Knapton, the entire defense is happy about Coach English staying on at Wyoming.
"The whole defense likes him a lot," Knapton said. "We are hustling to the ball a lot more. He demands that we become a much faster defense, we are definitely playing with a different mind set this spring."
Knapton also has a positive feeling about his new head coach Dave Christensen.
"He is a great coach," Knapton said. "He is making us work harder than we have ever worked before. He really focuses on the little things, he emphasizes that he wants us to be a well disciplined ball club."
How are Knapton and his teammates adapting to the changes?
"Everyone is having a great attitude so far," Knapton said. "Everyone is fired and excited about the new coaching staff. Everyone is buying in so far and being really positive about learning the new systems."
One thing that has definitely changed is the tempo and intensity of the Cowboy practices.
"It's so different," Knapton explained. "Everyone is really tired after each and every practice. We are going at a whole different pace than we have ever done before. I really feel it will pay off for us in the long run."
How does Knapton think the new changes will pay off?
"I really think that we are going to be a much better ball club overall," Knapton said. "I know we will be seeing a lot more wins."
Another thing that has changed since Christensen's arrival is the Wyoming off season program. Under the new coach's directions, a new off season program was installed.
"I really feel that I'm stronger than I have ever been," Knapton said. "I'm currently weighing 239 now, last fall I was about 229 to 230. I'm definitely stronger and definitely getting in a lot better shape."
Knapton finished last fall with 92 tackles as a red-shirt freshman. He hopes to increase that total this upcoming fall.