Wyoming Cowboys Football Season Preview History
2011 Wyoming Football Preview:
Wyoming had a bit of a letdown in 2010, just one year after winning the New Mexico Bowl. The Cowboys finished 3-9 and missed out on the postseason. Wyoming fans will have higher expectations heading into this season as they hope the potent offense that was around in '09 makes its return.
The offense will be the key to the Cowboys' success this year, but whether they will be able to do the job is up in the air. They will place the onus squarely on one of three freshman quarterbacks, all of whom have a lot to prove. Bretty Smith and Adam Pittser appear poised to nab the starting job, but they could all see playing time. Junior running back Alvester Alexander will provide some leadership on an otherwise inexperienced offense.
Although the offense is unproven, the defense may not have so many holes. Wyoming returns seven starters, including its entire defensive line, most importantly senior ends Josh Biezuns and Gabe Knapton, who will provide plenty of pressure off the edges. Additionally, the Cowboys will see the return of senior linebacker Brian Hendricks, who will certainly be up to the task of leading the team.
2010 Wyoming Football Preview:
Despite a 4-4 record in the Mountain West last season, the Wyoming Cowboys have just as much momentum as any of their rivals in the competitive conference. The team is coming off a year in which they qualified for a bowl game for the first time since 2004, and did it under the direction of first-year coach Dave Christensen.
The Cowboys certainly exceeded expectations last season, but will face high prospects from fans and foes alike entering 2010. Christensen will look for his sophomore quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels to build upon his impressive college debut by improving Wyoming's aerial attack. Though the team suffered from a weak passing offense last season, junior college transfers DeJay Lester and Mazi Ogbonna are probable starters this fall and will give Carta-Samuels two much-needed weapons.
On defense, the Cowboys will rely on their strong arsenal of returning linebackers. Four key returners - Josh Biezuns, Brian Hendricks, Ghaali Muhammad and Gabe Knapton - collectively compiled 326 tackles and six sacks last season.
Each game will be a battle as Wyoming looks to stake its claim on the Mountain West, but Cowboys fans are probably most looking forward to the annual rivalry game against Colorado State, which will take place at home on November 20.
2009 Wyoming Football Preview:
Head Coach: Dave Christensen
The Wyoming Cowboys are starting a new era in Laramie, under 1st year Head Coach Dave Christensen. Christensen will be bringing his wide open, attacking offense to Wyoming in hopes of rekindling some of the magic he found at Mizzou. If the Cowboys can win some key Mountain West games and their offense gets clicking, then look out for Wyoming as the season wears on. They will have to get over an early hurdle when the Texas Longhorns visit Laramie in September 2009.
2008 Wyoming Football Preview:
Head Coach: Joe Glenn
The Wyoming Cowboys football program is one to keep an eye on in the Mountain West Conference (MWC). Coach Joe Glenn will try to continue the turnaround he's built in Wyoming, a turnaround evident when the Cowboys upset UCLA in 2004 in the Las Vegas Bowl. The Cowboys have struggled to climb the conference ranks, but War Memorial Stadium will rock this year as fans hope to see the fruits of coach Glenn's labor materialize.