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Wyoming football: Mental Toughness, QB Play May be Keys to Pokes Season

If you want a window into the mind of Wyoming head football Coach Bohl regarding his program, make note of his candid observations about last year's 4-8 Pokes squad during this years' Mountain West Media Days

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If you want a window into the mind of Wyoming head football Coach Bohl regarding his program, make note of his candid observations about last year's 4-8 Pokes squad during this years' Mountain West Media Days.

"We lost more games because we were screwing up as opposed to somebody just out executing us," Bohl said. "All of (the players) have to have the mentality that we're going to be brilliant in basics"

Although Bohl is obviously chagrined at last season's results, he expresses great confidence in his pre-season starting quarterback Cam Coffman's ability to play within the constraints of offensive coordinator Brent Vigen's scheme. An Indiana University transfer, Coffman threw for 2,734 yards and was second ranked in passing yards per game, pass completions and attempts in the Big 10 for 2012.

"Even though we are going to have a new quarterback this season, I feel good about the quarterback position."

And implies that Coffman's decision making during Spring drills was good:

"There's so much that goes into the audibles and checks. What goes on above the shoulders. When our QB is playing well that means we're going to stay on the field on 3rd down and 4, we've made more gains on 1st and 10 (due to good QB decisions). Bohl then adds -with an understated glimmer in his eyes:

"Josh Allen is probably as talented physically as any QB we've had since I've been a head coach."

Interestingly enough, according to the Casper Star Tribune, the influx of new starting QBs could "level the playing field" and could be the "common denominator" in Mountain West play.

However, when all the points are tallied, after all of the plays have been called, and the last ball blown dead, to Bohl a successful Cowboy's 2015 depends on one simple thing:

"We really need to know who we are, be able to play through getting tired, play through at times when you would lack mental discipline."

A great look into some of the tenets of Bohl's  process of program building can be found in this great article about the Nebraska Cornhuskers.