April 10, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
After conducting 10 spring practices, including a practice on Friday, the Wyoming Cowboy Football team will conduct its first scrimmage of spring this Saturday, April 12 at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie. Saturday's practice will begin at 1 p.m., with the scrimmage portion of practice beginning at approximately 1:30. The scrimmage is free of charge and open to the public.
The Cowboys are expected to run about 85 plays during Saturday's scrimmage. It will be a situational scrimmage, with the No. 1 offense facing the No. 1 defense, the No. 2 offense versus the No. 2 defense and the No. 3 offense facing the No. 3 defense.
"It has been a very competitive spring at a number of positions," said UW head coach Joe Glenn. "Most obviously is the competition at the quarterback spot. Our four quarterbacks are getting after it. It's good to see competition as keen as it has been this spring.
"Coach (Chad) Germer has been looking at some different combinations on the offensive line, and I would anticipate that experimentation to continue throughout spring.
"There is also sprited competition at tight end, safety and cornerback. Coach (Ron) Wisniewski is trying to determine who's in the mix at wide receiver. Really across the board, we have a number of players competing for starting spots at all positions."
Saturday's first scrimmage will include situational series starting at the offense's 20-yard line and 40-yard line, as well as on the defense's 40-yard line and redzone offense from the defense's 20-yard line.
Unlike the first 10 practices of spring, which involved only about eight full-contact plays for each unit at the conclusion of each practice, Saturday will put players in their first game-type situations of the spring at full speed with game officials.
"Things speed up in a scrimmage setting," said Glenn. "You're looking for players who can make plays in a game-like atmosphere -- can you tackle at full speed, can you make the throw, can you catch the ball at game speed, can you block effectively, all of those fundamental things but in a simulated game.
"We have hit more in practice this year than in past years, but it's time for a scrimmage to evaluate our players, particularly our younger players who haven't played much at this level. The tape from this first scrimmage will give us, as coaches, another tool to evaluate which players have improved and earned themselves more reps in practice heading into the last week of spring ball.
"This scrimmage and the Spring Game next Saturday go a long way to determining what individuals have earned their coaches' trust and what individuals have proved they can contribute to this team next fall. All of the spring practices are important, but the two scrimmages carry added weight because they are in a game situation with the pressure on in front of a crowd. Some guys take their play to another level on gamedays, and that is what we're hoping to see on the next two Saturdays."
Following this Saturday's scrimmage, the Cowboys will have four practices remaining. The Pokes are scheduled to practice next Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 3:15 p.m. each day in the Indoor Practice Facility, with the final practice being the Spring Game on Saturday, April 19 at 1 p.m. in War Memorial.