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April 1998

April 1998


The Cowboy Way

Wyoming's 4-3/3-4 Combo Scheme
by: Vic Koenning
Defensive Coordinator, University of Wyoming
© April 1998

At the University of Wyoming great offenses have been the norm. The Cowboy defense has taken a "bend but don't break" mentality. That scheme and mentality gave up a lot of yards and points in 1996, but the Cowboys were strong enough offensively to earn a 10-2 record and a Pacific Division Championship.

With the arrival of Coach Dana Dimel as the Cowboys' new head coach, the philosophy and focus went towards establishing the Wyoming defense as an "attack" style defense.

As defensive coordinator for the Cowboys' new scheme, I was entrusted to establish our defense as one to be respected, in a conference known for offensive fire power.

As our defensive staff began to develop our package, we first evaluated our players and their abilities. We had two returning defensive ends from 1996's 4-3 scheme and several really youn....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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