Chavez Pownell and Robert Priester are 1,940 miles from home.
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Until then, most of the obstacles lie on the field. Once they overcome the inevitable shift in altitude, the "Florida Four" next has to claw to prove themselves at deep, crowded positions. Pownell and Jennings are both slotted at safety, while Priester who only played one year of high school football as a defensive back is listed as a corner.
Smith could be a big part of that, as the 6 foot 4, 215 pound Merritt Island, Florida, native will immediately be tossed into an up for grabs quarterback competition. He'll scrap alongside seniors Colby Kirkegaard and Sam Stratton, sophomores Tom Thornton and Aaron Young and fellow freshman Austin Fort in a highly contested fall camp.
That's the distance from Tampa, Florida, to Laramie if you were to hop in your car and decide to make the drive on a whim. The journey would take you through Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri and Nebraska, before finally mercifully arriving at the Wyoming border after an estimated28 hours of driving.
After spending a few weeks in Laramie, Smith can already see the difference between Wyoming and Florida not in scenery, but in football ability.
The defensive secondary is an unforgiving landscape, featuring returning corners Blair Burns, Tyran Finley, DeAndre Jones and Tim Hayes and safeties Darrenn White, Jesse Sampson and Xavier Lewis, who all started games last season.
COMPETITION: All four Floridians will find plenty of competition in Laramie, as Pownell, Jennings and Priester join a crowded defensive secondary and Smith throws his hat into a six man quarterback competition.
Smith adjusting to life in Laramie
This summer, for the 'Florida Four,' won't revolve around trips to the beach or sunsets over the Atlantic. That's not what they signed up for.
"We're all going to go through this together in the winter."
fall and winter are sure to present a series of bitter challenges. and Nick here. You feel comfortable," Pownell said. "We're all going through the same thing together. I saw a little bit of snow on my visit, but it wasn't coming Nike Jacket Bomber
They are here to bring Wyoming football back, and that result is worth the distance traveled.
It's no short distance, and the place you'd see at the end of it has little in common with the one at the beginning. Take Florida's sandy beaches, and replace them with Wyoming's jutting mountains and sprawling hills. Swap out Tampa's nearly 348,000 people for an equal share of horses and cows.
"I didn't come here for nothing. I want to get a ring on my finger. I'm just working each and every day, and we want to be great. It's just greatness in the making. Wyoming football is headed for a big change.
"I'm just ready for fall camp," the Orlando native said. "I'm sure it's going to be hard. I'm not expecting it to be easy. But we're working to be champions. That's what we want.
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"Every day, there's something to improve on," Priester said outside the weight room, flashing bright gold braces in a wide grin. "I'm happy to improve."
down. It was just on the streets.
"The intensity of the workouts, the work ethic, the skill level, the guys around here it's a tremendous increase," Smith said. "It takes a little bit of time to get used to it, but I love the atmosphere."
HE SAID IT: "We're working to be champions. That's what we want. I didn't come here for nothing. I want to get a ring on my finger. I'm just working each and every day, and we want to be Nike Running Jacket Dri Fit great. It's just greatness in the making. Wyoming football is headed for a big change. Coach Bohl is going to make a big change in this program.
That thick, humid sea level air? Scrap it for something much lighter. Jennings and Nick Smith to Laramie:"It's football. Everything with football is the same. Same laces, same pigskin," Pownell said. "So all I have to get used to, coming from Florida, is the altitude. I have to run more than a normal person would. But other than that, everything is going good."
Jennings and Nick Smith in its 2014 recruiting class. The team did not previously feature any Florida natives.
At least he isn't alone. Though there were zero Florida natives on Wyoming's roster prior to 2014 signing day, the four that arrived in Laramie this summer can adjust to the new scenery together.
But Jennings didn't travel all this way for a cake walk.
going to make a big change in this program. Bringing us in as the first recruits, it's going to be excellent."
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