Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Is there less gloom in the doom?

In newspaper articles, sports talk radio, the message boards, you name it, there was somewhat of a “here we go again” attitude for the Wyoming offense after the second and third scrimmages of the fall.

First-year head coach Dave Christensen and his staff certainly weren't happy with the team, particularly the dropped passes, as they looked to build steam to the season opener Sept. 5 when they host Weber State.

But as we all seem to do these days, we jump to conclusions. Evidently, according to Christensen, the sky isn’t falling after all.

At least, that's the case based on Wednesday’s fourth and final scrimmage at War Memorial Stadium.

Cowboys find more consistency

“For the most part, I think our kids have come out and worked extremely hard each and every day,” Christensen said after Wednesday’s scrimmage. “In complaints, there were a couple of scrimmages that I wasn’t very happy about because that is game day, that is show time. That is when it has to be all working. But they have given great effort everyday in practice. There might one or two practices that weren’t great, but they weren’t bad. For the most part, about 19 times (out of 23) we’ve had great effort, great execution. We’ve come a long ways from Jan. 1 as a team to where we are today. Are we a finished product? By no means. But our goal is to be a better football team than we were yesterday and we are.”

Granted, it was a scrimmage, but the Cowboys were a pretty good team on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Christensen said they were mentally focused and came out prepared and ready to go. On Saturday, he didn’t like their mental toughness as a team.

Now, he said they are where they want to be at this point and time.

“We have a lot of building to do here,” Christensen said. “It doesn’t happen over night. I know this football team now is stronger than it has ever been, it is faster than it has ever been, it is in better shape than it has ever been. We’re making progress in a lot of areas. Like they say, Rome wasn’t built over night. We have a lot of work to do. We’ve made a lot of strides and I think in the last two or three days, we’ve made a lot more to be closer to where we need to be.”

The Cowboys have now concluded their scrimmage portion of fall camp. They practice again Friday, Saturday and Sunday. After a day off on Monday, Christensen said he will release his depth chart for the Weber State game on Tuesday and prepare for the Wildcats.

It’s game time for the Cowboys. The question is, are we, the media and ‘Poke fans, ready to play this game.

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