The Wyoming Cowboy Football team will begin preparations for the 2014 football season on Monday, Aug. 4 with a morning practice beginning at 9:30 a.m., followed by Media Day in the afternoon. Media will be hosted at a luncheon in Wildcatter Stadium Club & Suites beginning at 1 p.m., with interviews of Cowboy players and coaches taking place on Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium from 2-3 p.m.

Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl, who took over the Wyoming Football program last December, has a large senior class of 25 Cowboys to help him transition the Pokes into the type of football team he wants to build.

Coach Bohl said,

“We’ve got to be a much more hard-nosed, physical football team, we’ve got to be able to control both sides of the line of scrimmage to really put our stamp on what type of team we want to be, and that’s what we call ‘Cowboy Tough. It’s all a process in becoming a ‘Cowboy Tough’ football team. This football team really wants to be good, and it’s our job as coaches to show them how to be good and change the culture.”

The first 30 minutes of practices will be open to media and the general public. Student-athletes and coaches will be available for interviews with the media after fall practices. The Cowboys will utilize War Memorial Stadium and the Indoor Practice Facility for fall drills.

The Cowboys will hold one fall scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 16. That will be a closed scrimmage.

A total of 17 starters return from last season -- six on offense, nine on defense and the starting place-kicker and punter. Among the top returnees are three Cowboys who have been named to preseason watch lists at their respective positions. Junior defensive end Eddie Yarbrough has been named to the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List. Senior wide receiver Dominic Rufran was selected to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List for the second consecutive season, and senior defensive end/outside linebacker Sonny Puletasi has been named to the Butkus Award Watch List. Yarbrough also returns after earning First Team All-Mountain West Conference honors as a sophomore in 2013.

Fans interested in purchasing tickets to 2014 Wyoming Cowboy Football games may go online at, may call the UW Athletics Ticket Office at 877-WYO-FAN1 (877-996-3261) or 307-766-4850 or may stop by the ticket office on the east side of UW’s Arena-Auditorium.