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Wyoming Bye Week News And Notes

Overhead shot of War Memorial Stadium during the Wyoming / Nebraska game.
Overhead shot of War Memorial Stadium during the Wyoming / Nebraska game.

The picture above is impressive and disturbing at the same time.  Way too much red in the stadium.  Any Cowboy fans wearing brown don't really show up from high above which doesn't help.  Still there were plenty of Wyoming fans who either sold their tickets to Husker fans or wore red themselves.  The bleachers in the south endzone should be made a permanent structure. 

After all the craziness of the Nebraska game the bye week for Wyoming comes a perfect time.  The season is now one of the way done and the extra time to prepare for Utah State is crucial.  Sitting at 3-1 is where most Cowboy fans including us predicted to be at this time.  That still leaves the team on schedule to get the seven required wins to earn a bowl berth.

Utah State lost a double overtime game to Colorado State on Saturday in which was basically an epic meltdown by the Aggies.  Next up they face BYU on Friday night and we will certainly be rooting for the Aggies to make it two in a row over the Cougars.  

Yesterday Coach Christensen had his press conference and there some interesting tidibits.

  • DE Miraldo Michel has left the team for personal reasons.  He played in his first game as a Cowboy against Nebraska.  Michel was a JUCO transfer and rated three stars by Rivals.  Christensen didn't elaborate on why Michel left which is par for the course.  Defensive line coach Danilo Robinson did say, "It was not about football; it was personal issues back home."  Was very excited to see what would happened with Michel at Wyoming.  He brought some nice size to the defensive line, wish him the best in the future.
  • With the bye week there is going to be plenty of competition coming up over the next two weeks.  Christensen said that field goal kicker, cornerback, and punt returner spots will all be open.  The secondary has been scrutinized ever game this year.  Blair Burns will be competing with Tashaun Gipson and Marqueston Huff for more playing time.  Daniel Sullivan is just 1 of 3 on field goals and will compete with Stuart Williams for the starting job over the next two weeks.  Sullivan will still handle extra points.  Punt returning has been a disappointment and the Pokes only average one yard per return.       
  • The coaches will hit the recruiting trail this weekend in Wyoming and Colorado.  The Pokes are sitting at just one commit for the 2012 recruiting class currently.  Hopefully that number will increase as more athletes take official visits.  With two bye weeks that should allow the staff to recruit on the road even more this season.    
  • No new injuries after the Nebraska game.  OL Josh Leonard will be ready for the Utah State game after missing the last two weeks.