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New Wyoming head coach promises new looks on both offense and defense this year

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LARAMIE, Wyoming — New head coach Craig Bohl can't promise a specific number of wins, but he can promise Wyoming fans will see a much different team on the field this fall.

"You will see a different type of football team out there, how they play and how they're aligned and how disciplined they are," Bohl, who was hired when UW fired Dave Christensen after last season, said Monday. "By doing that, the wins will come."

Under Christensen, the Cowboys employed a spread offense designed to gain a bunch of yards in one play. The offense was exciting to watch, but the defense performed poorly under Christensen in part because it was on the field so long.

UW opponents averaged just short of 10 minutes more a game in time of possession in 2013. They averaged more first downs, more rushing yards and, in the end, more points.

Bohl said the new Cowboys offense will grind out yards during time-consuming drives.

"You know it's kind of like sausage," he said. "I love sausage, but if you've ever seen it being made, it doesn't look so good, but it sure tastes good coming out."

Junior defense end Eddie Yarbrough said more rest for the defense would be welcome.

"That wouldn't be too bad at all, not too bad at all," Yarbrough said.

Bohl is replacing the largely 3-4 defense with a more traditional 4-3.

His defense will be fundamentally sound and stout — the idea being that the offense will get better field position and better chances to put points on the board.

"That's how we're going to win games," Bohl said.

Bohl acknowledges that finding a starting quarterback is a big question mark entering fall practice. Brett Smith left after his junior year last season after setting a number of school offensive records over three years.

Bohl said the quarterback in his new offense will be more of a game manager.

Currently, redshirt senior Colby Kirkegaard, who did not play last season, is No. 1 on the depth chart, Bohl said.

Kirkegaard said he's happy with the new pro-style offense.

"I just like it," Kirkegaard said. "The reads are clear to me."

In the spread offense, the quarterback was counted on to gain yards on the ground as well as through the air, he said.

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