Spring camp officially underway for Wyoming football

    (Laramie, WY) – * release* The Wyoming Cowboy football team hit the field inside the Indoor Practice Facility officially opening spring practice on Tuesday afternoon under first-year head coach Jay Sawvel.

    The Cowboys bring a back a whole host of players with eight starters back on defense with seven on offense and one special teamer. In total the Brown and Gold welcomes back 48 letterwinners. The Pokes have had a solid offseason gaining 641 pounds in the weightroom.

    The Cowboys will practice 14 more times in the spring including the annual spring game on Saturday, April 27 at 1 p.m. at Cheyenne East High School.

    Thoughts from Head Coach Jay Sawvel

    “We got work done today and we will see tomorrow how it looked on film. It is just good to get back out on the field and there was a lot of energy and there was a lot of good spirit so yeah, it’s exciting to just get started. There was the eagerness and the enthusiasm and the overall work ethic. We had a good pace going for us for a first practice.”

    The Cowboys return quite a few returners on each side of the ball. Below is a list of Wyoming veterans that have made an impact for the Brown and Gold. The Pokes have 12 players that have played at least 30 games or more for the Cowboys in their careers.

    Veterans Returning
    Alex BrownSenior, WR                  39 Career Games
     John Hoyland, Senior, PK                 45 Career Games
    Dawaiian McNeelySenior, RB        26 Career Games
    Evan Svoboda., Junior, QB               10 Career Games
    Nofoafia TulafonoSenior, C           36 Career Games
    John Michael GyllenborgJunior, TE    25 Career Games
    Will Pelissier, Graduate, WR            29 Career Games
    Harrison Waylee, Senior, RB            32 Career Games, 10 at UW
    Sam Scott, Junior, RB                      35 Career Games
    Devin Boddie, Jr., Junior, RB            32 Career Games, 13 at UW
    Jack Walsh, Junior, OG                    23 Career Games
    Caden Barnett, Junior, OT               23 Career Games
    Luke Sandy, Sophomore, OG           13 Career Games
    Wes King, Sophomore, OG              13 Career Games
    Jordan BertagnoleGraduate, DT                 43 Career Games
    Wrook BrownJunior, Nickel                       25 Career Games
    Tyrecus DavisSenior, CB                            9 Career Games
    Wyett EkelerSenior, SS                              39 Career Games
    Gavin MeyerSenior, NT                             35 Career Games
    DeVonne Harris, Graduate, DE                    43 Career Games
    Sabastian HarshJunior, DE                         25 Career Games
    Braden SidersJunior, DE                            25 Career Games
    Shae Suiaunoa, Graduate, LB                       47 Career Games
    Isaac WhiteSenior, FS                                40 Career Games

    Open Practices on April 6 and April 13
    Fans will get an opportunity to see the Cowboys in person with a pair of open practices alongside the spring game. The first open practice will be set for an 11 a.m. start, a youth football clinic will be held prior to practice at 10 a.m. Open practice on the April 13 time will be announced prior to the practice.

    Youth Clinic on April 6
    Join Cowboy Football on Saturday, April 6th for a FREE youth clinic. The clinic is open to all kids ages 6-12. The clinic will start at 10 AM and run for 45 minutes before the Cowboys practice. Check-in will start at 9:15 AM.  Stick around after the clinic to watch the Cowboys practice! Want to bring more than 5 kids to the clinic? Email [email protected] to get all the kids on the list!

    Schedule of Events

    • 9:15 AM – Check-in for clinic begins
    • 10:00 AM – Youth Clinic
    • 11:00 AM – Cowboy Football Practice (Open to the public)

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