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2003 PREVIEW: Wyoming Cowboys

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With one of the nation's worst defenses and all of one Mountain West win and five overall wins in the last three seasons, a coaching change was needed. Enter Joe Glenn who comes in fired up trying to get everyone to believe that football can be a winner again. With 48 returning lettermen and a slew of experienced and talented skill players, he might be right.

Cowboys
Team Information
Head coach: Joe Glenn
1st year
Returning O Lettermen: 22
Returning D Lettermen: 23
Returning ST Lettermen: 3
Lettermen Lost:18
Ten Best Players
1. QB , Sr.
2. WR , Soph.
3. P , Sr.
4. LB , Sr.
5. WR , Sr.
6. WR , Sr.
7. SS Jay McNeal, Jr.
8. RB , Sr.
9. DE , Sr.
10. C , Jr.
2003 Schedule
8/30 Montana State
9/6 at
9/13
9/20 at
9/27 at
10/11 at
10/18 BYU
10/25 at
11/1
11/15 at
11/22
11/29
The Cowboys aren't going to contend for the league title out of the gate, but it should be far more competitive with players like quarterback throwing to a great receiving corps. The question is going to be about the defense which spent the year giving up big play after big play as the Cowboys allowed 36 points and 491 yards per game. Even so, things should be better this season if the team is just a wee bit more clutch. UW couldn't win the close one with five Mountain West losses coming by a grand total of 22 points. If Glenn can get the team to get on the right side of some of those games, it's possible that the team equals its win total of the last three seasons in one year. The Schedule: The Cowboys have to survive the early part of the schedule going on the road for four of their first six games. It's not impossible for the Cowboys to pull off wins against Kansas, and Montana State to start the year on a high note. Conference heavyweights BYU, and New Mexico all have to come to Laramie. Best Offensive Player: Senior QB . His touchdown passes and completion percentage went up last year, but the interception total also stayed high. Even so, he's one of the best gunslingers in the Mountain West and should be among the nation's leaders in passing. Best Defensive Player: Senior LB . He led the team with 125 tackles and six tackles for loss as the defense's best player. He'll be expected to put up another great season as the anchor of a veteran defense. Key player to a successful season: The skill players are solid, so it'll be up to the line to allow the marquee guys to do their thing. UW will be relying on redshirt freshman and sophomore to shine at tackle. If they can't make plays, Bramlet will be running for his life again. The season will be a success if ... wins six games. It's time to set the bar high for a program with as much returning experience as this one has. The Mountain West isn't so tough that the Cowboy offense can't rip through it, so the only question will be whether or not the defense can stop someone. Key game: Oct. 18 vs. BYU. will be coming off a three game road trip and might be a little bit worn down. This will be a big test to see just how good the team is as the Cowboy offense should be every bit as strong as BYU's attack. 2002 Fun Stats:
- Sacks: Opponents 39 - 10
- Third down conversions: Opponents 56 percent - 40 percent
- Time of possession: Opponents 32:30 - 27:30
- Second half scoring: Opponents 222 - 137

2003 Recruiting Class
Star of the Class
Terrell Vinson CB 5-9 170 Fr. Irvine, Calif. (Irvine) Luke Chase LB 6-2 215 Fr. Windsor, Colo. (Windsor)
Sean Claffey LB 6-3 200 Fr. Fruita, Colo. (Fruita-Monument)
Adam Diehl DE 6-3 205 Fr. Sedalia, Colo. (Douglas County)
Brandon Haugen LB 6-2 210 Fr. Spokane, Wash. (Joel E. Ferris)
Jeston Karn TE 6-5 230 Fr. Glenrock, Wyo. (Glenrock)
Matt Kostelnick OL 6-5 240 Fr. Fontana, Calif. (Henry J. Kaiser)
Andre LaCaille CB 6-0 160 Fr. Denver, Colo. (Mullen)
Drew Larson K/P 6-0 170 Fr. Mission Viejo, Calif. (Laguna Hills)
Taber LeMarr WR 6-2 190 Fr. Paradise Valley, Ariz. (Brophy Prep)
Derrrick Martin CB 5-11 170 Fr. Westminster, Colo. (Thomas Jefferson)
Jake Mayes DL 6-3 225 Fr. Aurora, Colo. (Eaglecrest)
Adam Melsek OL 6-4 265 Fr. Phoenix, Ariz. (Shadow Mountain)
Tyler Ottem DE 6-4 225 Fr. Big Lake, Minn. (Big Lake)
Ben Penfold OL 6-4 280 Fr. Longmont, Colo. (Longmont)
*Randy Tscharner LB 6-3 230 Jr. Calistoga, Calif. (Santa Rosa JC)
Josua Tima WR 6-2 180 Fr. Chino, Calif. (Chino)
Zach Weidenaar QB 6-3 215 Fr. Bozeman, Mont. (Bozeman)
*Potential Instant Impact Players
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