March 31, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Wyoming Football fans can see a preview of the 2006 Cowboy Football team when the Pokes hold their first scrimmage of the spring on Saturday, April 1 on Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium. The scrimmage will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Admission to the scrimmage is free.
Saturday's scrimmage will be the eighth practice out of 15 total spring practices for the Cowboys. It will be the first of two scrimmages to be held during spring practice. The second scrimmage will be held on Thursday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m., also in War Memorial Stadium.
The Cowboys will begin Saturday's scrimmage with practice periods focusing on punt and kickoff returns. After the special teams' periods, the Pokes will run approximately 110 plays from scrimmage. During the scrimmage, the No. 1 offense will face off against the No. 2 defense, the No. 2 offense will scrimmage versus the No. 1 defense and the No. 3 offense and No. 3 defense will face one another.
"The importance of this scrimmage is it gives players an opportunity to show what they can do in game-type conditions," said UW head coach Joe Glenn. "In a regular practice, we work on down and distance situations, but we don't drive the ball up and down the field like you would in a game situation. We will drive the ball up and down the field in this scrimmage, and we will have game officials refereeing the game, which we don't have on our regular practice days.
"Obviously, we have competition for starting positions across the board, with some keen competition at several spots. Two of those key positions are quarterback and wide receiver. A scrimmage gives us, as coaches, a chance to evaluate how different individuals react in game conditions. How do they respond with a 25-second play clock running. How do they react when officials call a penalty. How do they interact with their teammates. We evaluate all of these things in a scrimmage.
"It is also an opportunity to give all of our players a chance to get repetitions running our offense and our defense. For many of our young guys, who run opposing teams' offenses and defenses on our scout team during the regular season, this is an opportunity to show us what they're capable of when running our offense, defense and special teams' schemes. It's their opportunity to get in the mix on the depth chart."
The first spring scrimmage will also be the first full-speed, contact of the spring.
"We turn it loose now," said Glenn. "All of our practices up until this point have been `thud' practices, meaning we don't take people all the way to the ground. Saturday will be full speed football -- running, blocking, tackling -- this is gameday."
Glenn said the Cowboys are about 85-90 percent through the installation process of both offensive and defensive systems entering Saturday's scrimmage.
"The kids are at the point of spring practice where they're tilting a little bit, kind of like a pinball machine," joked Glenn. "Our kids' minds are starting to swim a little bit with all the information they've had to take in through only seven practices. We've installed a lot of plays and schemes in a short amount of time."
But the head coach also knows that his players are excited to finally get to play in a game setting -- rather than a regular practice setting.
"This gives our players a chance to compete at full speed," said Glenn. "Players get tired of drills. Plus we need a scrimmage to learn how to protect the football, learn how to wrap up and finish a tackle. There are some fundamentals that you can only execute at game speed."
Beginning at noon on Saturday, there will be a tailgate area set up in the south end of Jonah Field complete with concessions and inflatables for children. At the conclusion of the scrimmage, Wyoming Football players will be available on the field for autographs.
The Cowgirl Soccer team will be available at the tailgate area for autographs from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. At 3:00 p.m., following the football scrimmage, the Cowgirl Soccer team will hold its annual Alumni Game at the UW Soccer Stadium, pitting the current Cowgirl Soccer team versus a team of former Cowgirl Soccer standouts.
Here is the schedule of football practices for 2006 spring drills. All practices are open to the public, and are held on Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium -- weather permitting.
2006 University of Wyoming Football Spring Practice Schedule
Monday, March 20 (Non-contact) 3:15 p.m.
Wednesday, March 22 (Non-contact) 3:15 p.m.
Friday, March 24 3:15 p.m.
Saturday, March 25 11:00 a.m.
Monday, March 27 3:15 p.m.
Wednesday, March 29 3:15 p.m.
Friday, March 31 3:15 p.m.
Saturday, April 1 (Scrimmage) 1:00 p.m.
Monday, April 3 3:15 p.m.
Wednesday, April 5 3:15 p.m.
Friday, April 7 3:15 p.m.
Saturday, April 8 TBA
Monday, April 10 3:15 p.m.
Wednesday, April 12 (Non-contact) 3:15 p.m.
Thursday, April 13 (Spring Game) 6:30 p.m.