Wyoming Holds First Spring Scrimmage

April 7, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Wyoming Head Coach Vic Koenning wasall smiles Saturday afternoon following his team's first major scrimmage ofspring training.

The Cowboys spent over an hour of their Saturday practicescrimmaging, and it was the stuff that good scrimmages are made of,according to the head man. "Those are the kind of scrimmages a coach reallylikes, Koenning said. "It was spirited, there was good tempo, andenthusiasm was great. There was really a lot of good things happening onboth sides of the ball."

With first unit pitted against first unit and second teams againstseconds, the Cowboys scrimmaged for 60 plays over the field. While therewere just three scores on the afternoon--the first unit received two fieldgoals, a 31-yarder from Jarvis Wallum, and a 49-yarder from Justin Graham,and the second unit an 18-yard touchdown run by Derek Armah--the offense didan excellent job of moving the ball in a well-balanced fashion. The Cowboysrushed for 166 yards on 37 carries, an average of just under five yards acarry. Through the air, they gained another 170 yards on a combined totalof 13 for 22.

"Without looking at the tape, I was really proud of the offensiveline," Koenning said. "It's kind of a makeshift outfit because we areholding a lot of guys out in that area. But they did an excellent joboverall. I thought our running backs ran very hard, took advantage of theo-line work, and made some people miss them."

A couple of young backs led the way for the Cowboys on theafternoon. Redshirt freshman Kit Bradshaw led all backs with 54 yards onnine carries. His longest gain was 15 yards. True freshman Kevin Fultoncarried 10 times for 49 yards. Senior veteran Nate Scott had an excellentday with 44 yards on seven carries, while Armah finished with 30 yards onfive carries.

"Both Bradshaw and Fulton ran hard," Koenning said. "I was verypleased with the way they ran. Nate (Scott) has grown up. He needed to dothat as a person and as a player, and he has done both. He needed to get alittle tougher, and he has done that too. I thought he ran very welltoday."

Through the air, the Cowboys made some big plays with three passplays of over 30 yards, including a 35 yarder from Casey Bramlet to RyanMcGuffey, a 34-yarder from J.J. Raterink to Sean Bowman and a 31-yarder fromRaterink to Terrance Reese.

"Casey did some excellent things, and he made some mistakes,"Koenning said. "That certainly is to be expected. I thought J.J (redshirtfreshman) also did some excellent things. He is a very intelligent footballplayer who does a good job of making the right reads.

On the day, Bramlet was 7 of 15 for 66 yards with the number oneunit, and Raterink was 6 of 6 for 99 yards, working with the second unit.The top targets on the ones were McGuffey who caught three for 47 yards,including the 35 yarder, Leonard Jones, five for 34 yards, and Brock Ralphtwo for 14 yards. On the second team, Reese caught two for 36 yards andBowman caught one for the 34-yard gain.

"I thought the defense rose up when it was backed up," Koenningsaid. "It did give up some yardage, but not many scores. This unit has alot of veteran guys, and they play with great emotion."

The top tackler on the day was junior defensive end Josh Rollins whoproduced four tackles, including a tackle for a loss of four yards. Seniorlinebacker Leo Caires had two tackles, and a pass-break-up. For thesecond unit, senior safety Pete Merrill had four tackles, including threeunassisted stops, andredshirt (return mission) sophomore Garry Gotfredson had three tackles,including one tackle for aloss of five yards.

In the special teams area, Wallum hit on the 31-yard field goal, butmissed an extra point. Sophomore Justin Graham hit on a 49 yard field goal.There was no punting, or kicking off during the scrimmage.

"I really feel good about the leadership development on this team,"Koenning said. "They are a very fun group to be around, and to coach. "Theyounger guys are starting to step into those leadership roles."

Koenning said that he would like to see a little more emotion fromthe offensive unit. "I'd really like to see them cut loose," He said. "I'mseeing some progress in terms of our techniques and fundamentals. I thoughtthe way our offensive line played today was an illustration of that. It alsoseems to be helping the secondary and the running backs. I was very pleasedwith the footwork of our backs today."

The Cowboys appeared to come out of the scrimmage without anyserious injury. Redshirt tackle David Gough sprained an ankle, and that wasthe extent of the injuries.

Wyoming will resume spring training on Monday, and is scheduled topractice four days next week.

Rushing Statitstics                                        NetNo.     Player          Attempts        Yards   Long    TDs32      Kit Bradshaw II   9             54      15      038      Kevin Fulton    10              49      12      034      Nate Scott        7             44      11      028      Derek Armah       5             30      18      145      Antwan Floyd      1             -1      -1      031      Marcus Ford       2             -5      -1      011      J.J. Raterink     1             -5      -5      0        Totals          35              166     18      1

Passing StatisticsNo. Player Att.-Comp. Yards Long TDs11 J.J. Raterink 6-6 99 34 014 Casey Bramlet 15-7 66 35 0 9 Brian Ellis 1-0 0 0 0 Totals 22-13 165 35 0

Receiving StatisticsNo. Player Receptions Yards Long TDs18 Leonard Jones 5 34 13 085 Ryan McGuffey 3 47 35 080 Brock Ralph 2 14 7 021 Terrance Reese 2 36 31 081 Sean Bowman 1 34 34 0 Totals 13 165 35 0

Defensive Statistics

Solo Assisted Total Tackles QB PassesNo.Player Tackles Tackles Tackles for Loss Sacks Broken Up 2 Roderrick Jackson 3 0 3 0 0 0 3 Al Rich 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 Pete Merrill 3 1 4 0 0 0 9 Lamar James 2 0 2 0 0 022 Jason Jones 0 1 1 0 0 026 Tom Vincent 2 0 2 0 0 030 Gary Wright 1 0 1 0 0 236 Andy Deselms 0 1 1 0 0 037 Andy Ray 0 1 1 0 0 039 Ryan Calahan 2 0 2 0 0 040 Ben Maassen 1 1 2 0 0 042 Matt Klotz 2 2 4 0 0 047 Tyler Gottschalk 2 1 3 0 0 050 Leo Caires 1 1 2 0 0 152 John Wilson 0 1 1 0 0 058 Tam Pruitt 1 2 3 0 0 060 Aaron Vincent 0 1 1 0 0 069 Allen Gotfredson 1 0 1 0 0 090 Casey Adams 0 2 2 0 0 094 Daniel Gibson III (1 fumble recovery)95 Jon Aimone 1 0 1 0 0 097 Chad Beuhler 2 0 2 0 0 098 Garry Gotfredson 2 1 3 1 for -5 0 099 Josh Rollins 2 2 4 1 for -4 0 0