Cowboys Making Progress on Both Sides of the Football

April 3, 2006


Joe Glenn thought he liked what he saw during Wyoming's initial scrimmage of spring training last Saturday. Sunday's film session confirmed it.

The Cowboys began their third week of training Monday with a two-hour practice on Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium, with the focus on red zone, short yardage, and the two-minute drill.

"Watching everything on tape gives everyone a much better perspective," Glenn said Monday. "The guys have a better understanding of what needs to be done after they watch a scrimmage tape."

Glenn was pleased after Saturday's two-hour scrimmage, and the film study did nothing to change his mind. "Number one, our defense played well," he said. "We showed athleticism and a flair for what we are trying to get done. I thought the defense worked well as a unit, which was excellent considering it was our first scrimmage."

While Glenn is pleased with the progress both sides of the football are making, he indicated that, as usual, the defense's progress was a little bit ahead of the offense. "That's where it's at right now, but that is about where it usually is at this time of spring training. I just like the way both are progressing."

There were many aspects of the offense's scrimmage that pleased the head coach. "Lots to be happy about," he said. "For a first scrimmage, our running game was as good as it's been since we first got here. The experience of the offensive line was very apparent. Jason Karcher (6-3, 291, Sr.) did well for his first scrimmage at center. He continues to improve with his snaps in the shotgun. I thought the tight ends blocked well. We are just light years ahead of where we have been there.

What did the film say about the quarterbacks? "Certainly Karsten (Sween, 6-2, 204, RFr.) delivered the ball well, while making some plays in tough situations. I thought he's been showing poise. Jacob (Doss, 6-2, 210, Jr.) did not have the kind of day like he has been shown in practice. We're not disappointed with him, he has had two good weeks of practice.

"We'll probably mix up the reps among our quarterbacks a little bit more this week."

In general everyone was pleased with the young receiving corps. "We experienced some broken routes, but the young guys showed toughness, toughness to go up and catch a ball, toughness to be a good blocker. We had some broken routes, and some dropped balls, but I liked what I saw."

Glenn was very happy with the defensive side of the ball. "That's as crisp as we've tackled, especially for a first scrimmage. Our safeties tackled very well, and I thought the corners covered well for the first time out.

Our linebackers moved very well, and played well. We were happy with the pass rush, especially from the edge, and we got our hands on a lot of balls. Sean Claffey (6-3, 240, Jr.), Weston Johnson (6-3, 221, RFr.), Mike Juergens (6-4, 240, So.) and Austin Hall (6-2, 225) all played well at linebacker."

With the first scrimmage in the film can, Glenn said the Cowboys will continue this week just as planned. "Right now we are right on schedule, and the scrimmage did nothing to change that," he said. "We will look at red zone, short yardage and goal line offenses and defenses this week. That's what we had planned, and we'll stay on schedule."