April 9, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
As is his nature Wyoming Head Coach Joe Glenn saw a little bit of good in everything Saturday as his football team conducted its first full scrimmage of spring training in War Memorial Stadium.
But the Cowboys' third-year head man also saw some things that need to be improved.
The Cowboys scrimmaged for 80 plays, including punts and field goals, during the two-and-a-half -hour practice. There were 16 offensive series that ranged in starting points from the offenses' own 30, the 50, and in the red zone at the 20.
"I thought the edge went to the defense today," Glenn told media members following the first of two spring scrimmages. "Our blitzing was crisp and we made some good plays. There were some good plays on the offensive side as well, but we need to get a little tough over there.
"I wish we would have run the ball a little better, but we don't have our bellcows (Ivan Harrison and Joseph Harris are both out for the spring recovering from injury), and that makes a difference. We have to improve there. We've got to horse-up the run game.
"In a nutshell,I was happy with the defense, and feel like we have to get tougher offensively. There was no lack of effort on either side."
The best part of the day for the head coach, as always, was the fact that everyone on his football team walked off the field healthy.
There are areas in which the Cowboys need to improve, according to Glenn, as they head into their final week of spring drills. "There is always a lot of polishing to do, and that's exactly what we will do next week. I'm happy with our work ethic and how far we've come. But we need to improve."
The Cowboys posted five scoring drives during the afternoon, two touchdowns and three field goals. Corey Bramlet (6-4, 219, Sr.) threw the first touchdown of the afternoon, a 12-yard strike to tight end Scott Koch (6-4, 214, RFr.). That toss capped a 6-play, 70-yard drive. The other touchdown pass came from Jacob Doss (6-2, 210, So.), one of the stars of the day, who hooked up with receiver Tyler Holden (6-0, 175, Jr.) for a beautiful 40-yard touchdown connection. The play capped a 50-yard drive on six plays.
Doss' performance cemented his spot as the back-up to Bramlet at quaterback., according to Glenn. "Jake would be our back-up quarterback if we had to play tomorrow," Glenn said. He made some excellent throws and decisions today. Doss finished the scrimmage completing 11 of 15 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown. "That touchdown throw was beautiful," Glenn said. "Tyler ran an outstanding route, and Jake put it right there. That was fun to watch."
Bramlet finished the day completing 9 of 16 passes for 142 yards, the touchdown to Koch and an interception. Stinson Dean (6-2, 215, RFr.) was 4 of 9 for 9 yards and 2 interceptions.
Josh Barge (6-0, 209, Sr.) and Jason Wallace (6-2, 187, Sr.) were the top gainers among the receiving corps. Barge caught three balls for 66 yards and Wallace, three for 60. Taber LeMarr (6-3, 198, So.) and Hoost Marsh (5-9, 172, So.) each caught four passes for 23 and 11 yards respectively. Holden caught two for 51 yards, and Kyle Jacobo (6-3, 181, RFr.) caught two for 32. "Barge and Wallace both caught the ball well," Glenn said. I thought Scott (tight end Koch) did a good job today."
For the day, the Cowboys were 24 of 40 through the air for 272 yards, two touchdowns and three picks.
The ground game was not a factor. The Cowboys managed just 14 yards on 27 attempts. That total included five quarterback sacks, yardage that goes against the rushing total. The leading ball carrier was Montey Brunk (5-10, 219, Jr.) who carried four times for eight yards.
Defensively, cornerback Michael Medina (6-0, 175, So.) had five tackles as did middle linebacker John Prater (6-2, 239, Jr.). Corner Derrick Martin (5-11, 189, Jr.), and linebackers Austin Hall (6-2, 229, Jr.), and Jake Edmunds (6-2, 225, RFr.) each had a sack. Safety Ron Rockett (6-1, 185, Sr.), linebacker Sean Claffey (6-3, 234, So.) and free safety Evan Weatherspoon (6-2, 195, Fr.) each produced an interception.
"I don't think there is any comparison where we are right now as to where we were a year ago at this time," Glenn said. "It's not even close. This year's group is light years ahead of a year ago. We have a lot more better players than we did last year. But we still have to improve in a number of areas. We have one more week of spring practice, and it will be very important for our team to make strides during those last four practices."
The Cowboys will practice Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday next week. Saturday will feature a controlled scrimmage similar to the first one yesterday. The final scrimmage is set for 1 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium.