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At mid-point of camp, Cowboys drill on game situations

Aug 18, 2017 From wire reports

Laramie -- This week marked the midway point of preseason camp as the Wyoming Cowboys prepare for their 2017 football season opener at Iowa on Sept. 2.

The Pokes practiced in their lighter "spider" pads on Wednesday and focused on covering a number of unusual game situations that arise during the season.

Much of practice in War Memorial Stadium was focused on the mental execution of special plays that the Cowboys may Various special teams' situations were covered for the Cowboy return teams and kickoff teams/

The situations covered also included a variety of odd plays that might occur on end-of-the-game situations.

While watching all the unusual plays, it was hard not to think back to all the unusual situations that the Cowboys faced and handled extremely well during the 2016 season from: winning a game on a safety, to winning a game by breaking up a game-ending two-point conversion attempt, to facing two triple overtime games, to a game that ended at 2:30 in the morning.

The Cowboys returned to full pads for Thursday's morning practice.

"We're kind of in the middle of camp and we spent a lot of time today working on unusual situations," said Bohl. "Those various special situations sometimes do come up during the course of a season and sometimes they don't, but if a situation comes up during the season you want to know that you've covered it with your team and are prepared for it.

"At this point of fall camp, we always look to see what things we can cover in practice that will most benefit our players and keep them engaged. There are times we're going to bang and there are times when we're going to focus on some mental aspects, which is what we did today.

We'll bounce back and have a pretty hard practice tomorrow.

"There is no status change on any of our injured players. We're going day-by-day with Austin Fort (junior tight end). I still think it will be a couple weeks away for him."

Question: How important is it to change things up for players the further you get into fall camp to keep them focused?

"There is no doubt that anytime there is no 'new learning', there is no learning going on," said Bohl. "We're constantly going through different situations with our players. Sometimes they are physical situations when we're all padded up and other times it is more a day when we want to focus on learning concepts, like today when we were just in spiders (lighter pads).

"The attitude of the team has really been excellent. They've taken advantage of the time we've had either through practice times, meetings, lifting or walk-throughs.

"We're certainly taking a little longer approach than what we've normally done. I think every coach around the country is obviously looking at how to best handle the new practice structure (without two-a-day practices but with more practice days).

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