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Pokes to hold Brown and Gold Game Saturday

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Wyoming's annual Brown and Gold Game will conclude spring football for the Cowboys Saturday and is free to the public at 2 p.m. inside War Memorial Stadium. 

      Food and drinks will be available for purchase from the UW Athletics Concession Cabin in the southwest corner of War Memorial Stadium and from the Papa John’s Cabin in the southeast corner.  Inflatables will be set up at the south end of the field for children.  A UW Athletics Ticket Information tent will be located at the north end of War Memorial Stadium for fans wishing to get information about tickets to the 2016 Wyoming Football season.  Following completion of the Spring Game, Wyoming players will be available to fans to sign autographs.

      Thursday afternoon, the Pokes practiced in perfect conditions in War Memorial Stadium in what was their final tune-up practice prior to the Spring Game.  Head coach Craig Bohl said he is looking forward to seeing his players in a game situation on Saturday.

      “One of the things that is so important when you have a young, emerging team, as we do, is to have those young men go out and play in a game-like situation, with fans in the stands, officials on the field and coaches on the sidelines,” said Bohl.  “That gives a young player a real sense of a game-like experience.

      “We need to see which players can make plays and make the most of their opportunities, and that only comes about when you put them in a game-like situation. 

      “As a coach, you are always holding your breath and crossing your fingers that you don’t sustain any major injuries.  But we feel that the benefit of having a game outweighs that risk.”

      Bohl said that Saturday’s game should also give the fans an opportunity to see some of the key veterans who are returning in 2016, as well as a chance to see some of the young players who have begun to emerge this spring.

      “I would encourage our fans to come to War Memorial Stadium on Saturday and take a look at their team,” said Bohl.  “We’ll have the players and coaches split up on two teams, and I bet there will be a couple trick plays put in by our coaches that no one knows about -- not even me.

      “Our fans are going to get a good look at next year’s team,” said Bohl.  “They are going to get to see what Josh Allen (redshirt sophomore quarterback) can do and what Shaun Wick (redshirt senior running back) can do now that they are both back healthy. 

      “Fans are also going to get to see Milo Hall (redshirt freshman running back), who was the Player of the Year in Colorado his senior season and an emerging young wide receiver like C.J. Johnson (redshirt freshman), who was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Nebraska as a high school senior.

      “On defense, veterans like Lucas Wacha and D.J. May (senior linebackers) have had good springs.  A couple of talented sophomores in Andrew Wingard (free safety) and Carl Granderson (defensive end) have also performed well this spring.

      “Fans won’t see Brian Hill (junior running back) out there Saturday.  Brian has shown for two years what he can do, and we don’t want to risk injury to him.”

      Following Thursday’s practice, Bohl announced a couple of injury updates.  Senior wide receiver Jake Maulhardt, who was injured in this past Tuesday’s practice, underwent x-rays which showed no broken bones in his lower leg, but he has been diagnosed with a high ankle sprain and will not participate in Saturday’s Spring Game.  It was determined this  week that senior defensive end Trevor Meader unfortunately suffered a torn ACL last Saturday in the Cowboys’ second spring scrimmage.  The ACL tear was suffered to the same knee he injured in fall camp last year, causing him to miss all of the 2015 season.  He will likely not be able to play again this coming season due to his most recent injury, but could potentially receive a medical hardship to get a season back after next season.

      Saturday’s Brown and Gold Game will be the 15th and final practice session for the Cowboys this spring.  The 2016 Wyoming Football season will kick off on Saturday, Sept. 3 when the Cowboys will host Northern Illinois in Laramie.  

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