LARAMIE, Wyo. — Construction on Wyoming athletics' High Altitude Performance Center is not complete, but the Cowboys football team has already gotten to take advantage of some components of the $44 million complex.
"I am really grateful about everything," running back-turned receiver Milo Hall said. "They treat us really right here. I’m just happy that the whole town, the whole state was invested in building this beautiful facility for us. We’re all grateful for it."
The team has gotten to put to use the expansive weight room in the building, which abuts the north side of Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.
"I mean, you kind of get a little more hyped to lift in that weight room," safety Andrew Wingard said. "You walk in there, and we used to be lifting, and it felt like a dungeon, what we used to be lifting in. Now, we’re in this really nice facility. I walk in there, and I get a little more motivation from that, so it’s cool."
In late March, the team got to see their new locker room, dubbed the William N. Brimmer Family Locker room.
"I love it," nickel back Tyler Hall said. "They’re very different, more modern and whatnot. It just feels nice in there. Very spacious, and we’re very grateful to get stuff like that. And that just shows where the program’s going, so I’m just excited for what the future holds."
The opening of the facilities coincides with the hiring of director of sports performance Ben Iannacchione and associate director of sports performance Eric Donoval.
"To see (head coach Craig Bohl) Bohl’s vision for the vision was definitely a draw," Iannacchione, who had previously been at LSU along with Donoval, said of the facilities. "It was definitely exciting. I was excited to come here even just from a phone conversation with Coach Bohl, though. The passion he has for Wyoming football and the passion he has to coach young men is something I wanted to be a part of."
The timing was also good for Wyoming athletics as a whole, as media and NFL coaches descended on Laramie for the Cowboys' Pro Day because of potential top pick quarterback Josh Allen. The measurement, weightlifting and jumping portions of the day were held in the new weight room.
The Cowboys begin their final week of spring camp Tuesday with their 13th practice. The 15th and final practice Saturday will be the spring game, which is open to the public and begins at 2 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium.
The Cowboys held a closed scrimmage Saturday to wrap up their fourth week. Bohl said going into the weekend that the offense's impressive showing from the previous week's scrimmage had not entirely carried over.
"A little bit of a mixed bag today," Bohl said Thursday. "I thought our defensive guys had a great spring in their step. I thought we were a little bit off offensively.
"... Our guys are practicing hard. They're going out with a sense of purpose. I think we're improving every day. You go back and forth, which team does a little bit better, offense or defense. I thought the defense maybe had the upper hand today."