Cowboys set to open Glenn era

Updated: August 16, 2003, 6:12 PM ET

LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Five victories in three seasons. Numbers that Wyoming fans hope will be a distant memory now that the Joe Glenn era has started.

Glenn rode into town last December, full of optimism but inheriting a team that had won only one Mountain West Conference game in three years under Vic Koenning, who was fired after compiling an overall 5-29 mark.

Glenn's credential are impressive. He won a national championship at NCAA Division I-AA Montana and two titles at Division II Northern Colorado.

But turning around the Cowboys will be a supreme task.

Hopes for a successful rookie campaign at the Division I level rest largely on the offense, which will be guided by senior quarterback Casey Bramlet, who has thrown for 3,290 yards and 24 touchdowns in his career. He ranks third on Wyoming's passing yardage list.

Bramlet will have plenty of targets in sophomore Jovon Bouknight, who led the team with 63 catches last year, and seniors Ryan McGuffey (35 catches) and Malcom Floyd (27).

"There is no question that our personnel fit what we like to do," Glenn said. "Our offensive philosophy will work very well with the players we have. I wish we had a little more depth, but I do feel good about these guys."

Senior running back Derek Armah, who ran for 596 yards on 124 carries, is also returning.

The offensive line is anchored by junior center Trenton Franz, junior guard Isaac Morales and senior guard Henry Randle.

Glenn's big concern is on defense, where the Cowboys gave up 36 points and 491 yards a game in last year's 2-10 campaign.

Top returners are linebackers Tyler Gottschalk and Guy Tuell, who is switching from strong safety. Linebacker Randy Tscharner, a junior college transfer, was a standout during the spring.

"We hope we can hold up," Glenn said of the defense. "We aren't nearly as deep there as we are on offense."

Of particular concern is the defensive line, which registered only 10 sacks last season. The most improved during the spring was junior nose guard Zach Morris.

The punting game is solid with senior Luke Donovan, who has averaged 41.8 yards during his career. Placekicking duties are up for grabs between sophomores Deric Yaussi and Scott Parker and freshman Drew Larson.

"There are a lot of good leaders among this group who are sick and tired of losing," Glenn said. "As I have said, we are going to get our pride, our toughness and our scoreboard back. These kids deserve to have success, and we are really looking forward to helping them achieve it."

Wyoming opens Aug. 30 at 2 p.m. at home against Montana State.

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