March 27, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Focusing on evaluation, installation and identification, Joe Glenn and his Wyoming football team entered their second week of spring training on Monday with a spirited two-hour practice on Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.
The Cowboys will continue drills with two regular practice days on Wednesday and Friday, then conduct their first scrimmage of spring training on Saturday. The scrum is schedule for 1 p.m. on Jonah Field.
"The evaluation goes on," Glenn said on Monday. "Not only are we installing our offenses, defenses and special teams, but we also are trying to establish our starting lineups as well as finding out which of the younger players have matured to a level that they can help us."
Glenn said that the practice sessions have been outstanding thus far. However, he said that first scrimmage will be the practice that answers a lot of questions.
The head coach indicated that the most heated competition on the team is coming at quarterback. He said linebacker and wide receiver aren't far behind in the competition area.
"We have stepped up the reps we are doing, so that there are more reps for more guys," Glenn said. "Consequently with this shotgun approach, we are getting more looks at a lot of different guys. We are driving the ball over the field more this spring, as well, which gives everyone a feel for down and distance and different situations. We are real pleased with what we have been seeing."
Glenn is the first to admit that the first, real clear picture of things will come on Saturday with the scrimmage. "There's no question that we really start receiving a clearer picture of our personnel after we see what happens in the first scrimmage."
Certainly the area of major focus is the quarterback position. Four individuals are working there, and Glenn says he feels good about what all four can do. He expects the scrimmage to help in the sorting-out process.
"Jacob Doss (6-2, 210, Jr.) has been very encouraging," Glenn said. "He is throwing well, he is confident, and seems to have command of what we want done. He has made great progress. But we feel good about all of our quarterbacks. We have confidence that they all have the tools to help us. We are all looking forward to the scrimmage to see how everyone reacts."
Glenn and his staff have been very pleased with the progress made at the receiver position. Currently the position is loaded with young players especially since veterans Tyler Holden (6-0, 179, Sr.) and Marcus Ford (6-2, 203, Jr.) are out of spring training right now because of injury. The Cowboys also lost three outstanding senior receivers from last year's team. "These young guys are talented, and they are improving every day."
He said he is excited about his offensive line. "It is the best one we've had since I've been here," Glenn says. "We have four starters, and three seniors returning, and we feel good about that area.."
The running back position also has been going well.. With Wynel Seldon (6-0, 205, So.) returning as well as veterans Joseph Harris (5-6, 206, RFr.) and Ivan Harrison (5-7, 190, Sr.) back from injury, the Pokes should be solid at the running back.
"We have great competition at linebacker. Guys are really playing well there, and I doubt there will be a better safety in this league than John Wendling (6-1, 222, Sr.). He is playing so well. He is pointing toward a great senior season.
"Everyone is working hard in practice," Glenn said, "we've been very pleased. To a man, everyone knows that we have to get better every day, and point toward winning a game. I think this team is dedicated to doing that."
The Cowboys will conclude spring training with a scrimmage on Thursday, April 13 in the stadium.