April 2, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Wyoming's first scrimmage of spring training Monday afternoon in War Memorial Stadium could be classified as a typical one--lots of positives, with some negatives sprinkled in--according to Head Coach Joe Glenn.
The Cowboys scrimmaged for an hour-and-a-half on Jonah Field, and ran 60 plays. It was the ninth practice of the training period which will conclude on April 14.
"With the long field as we call it, the defense played very, very well," Glenn said following the practice. "In the red zone, or as we like to call it the gold zone, the offense smelled that end zone, and turned things around. It was kind of the way spring goes. (Defensive coordinator Mike) Breske will work on the red zone this week, and (offensive coordinator Bill) Cockhill will have his group work on the long distance. It's pretty typical of the spring when one side looks good in certain areas, and the other will shine in other areas.
"But the best thing about today's practice was that we ran a bunch of plays, and nobody got hurt," Glenn continued. "That's what's most important to me."
The offense ran 12 series during the afternoon. Eight of those drives were over-the-field (starting at its own 30). In six of those series, the drive resulted in a punt. Another ended in a loss of downs, and the eighth was stopped by a fumble. The four red zone series (beginning at the defense's 25-yard line) resulted in four touchdowns by the offense, three through the air and one on the ground.
The Cowboys scrimmaged without projected starting quarterback Karsten Sween (6-2, 204, So.) who is being held out of the spring's contact work as he rehabilitates from minor knee surgery. Glenn indicated that Sween was probably 85 to 90 percent in his recovery process, but will continue to be held out of contact work for the remainder of the spring. Jacob Doss (6-2, 218, Sr.) and Ian Hetrick (6-2, 195, RJr.) took all of the snaps at quarterback on Monday.
"Both quarterbacks did some good things," Glenn said. "I thought Ian did an excellent job of scrambling, and making things happen. Jake threw the ball right on the money."
Doss was 14 of 18 for 111 yards, and a touchdown, to Greg Bolling (6-2, 180, So.). Hetrick was 3 of 8 for 36 yards and two touchdowns, one to Michael Ford of 25 yards, and the other to Bolling for six yards. Hetrick also ran seven times for 19 yards.
The veteran Ford, and youngster Bolling (6-2, 180, So.), were the top targets for Wyoming's two quarterbacks. Ford caught seven balls for 80 yards, and the 25-yard touchdown from Hetrick. Bolling was impressive as well, according to the head coach. "We are starting to see what he can do," Glenn said of Bolling. "He is a great target, and he made some great catches. He was all over the place today." Bolling ended the scrimmage with six catches for 45 yards and two touchdowns, one of six and the other of 10 yards, one from each quarterback.
"Cudos to the first-team offensive line," Glenn continued. "I thought for primarily a young group, it protected our quarterbacks pretty well today." For the afternoon, the o-line gave up a total of four sacks.
On the ground, sophomore running back Jimmy DeAndrea (6-0, 205, So.) was the top back with 26 yards on six carries. Hetrick, from his QB spot, followed with 19 yards. Wyoming's top two backs, on the depth chart, Wynel Seldon (6-0, 214, Jr.) and Devin Moore (5-10, 182, Jr.), finished with 10 yards and six yards respectively. The only touchdown by rush was turned in by tight end/h-back, Greg Genho (6-3, 250, So.), who scored from the one yard line.
As a team, the Cowboys were 17 of 26 through the air for 147 yards and three touchdowns. They rushed 34 times for 54 yards and one touch.
Defensively, the Pokes' top tacklers were linebacker Sean Claffey (6-3, 227, Sr.) who produced eight tackles. Junior free safety Quincy Rogers (6-1, 207, Jr.) and outside linebacker Zeb Whipp (6-1, 236, So.) each added six tackles and a sack of four yards. Senior cornerback Michael Medina (6-0, 190, Sr.) made six tackles. Two seniors, corner Troy Lewis (5-7, 165, Sr.), and inside linebacker John Prater (6-0, 234, Sr.) each produced five tackles. Prater also added a sack of three yards and one pass-break-up. The one fumble recovery of the day went to redshirt freshman strong safety Alex Toney (6-1, 205, RFr.).
"This defense will hit you, and we had a bunch of good ones out there today," Glenn said.
In the special teams area, Billy Vinnedge (6-1, 196, Sr.) punted six times for an average of 32.7. His backup, Nick Landess (6-3, 196, RFr.), also punted six times for an average of 38.0 per punt.
The Cowboys have two practices remaining this week--Wednesday and Thursday--before taking off a couple of days for the Easter weekend. They will finish spring training with four practices next week including the spring finale on April 14.
"We will continue putting in the rest of our offense and defense," Glenn said. "That will take us right up to the final day. Getting everything installed takes all 15 of our spring practice sessions.