April 13, 2002
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Wyoming's football team took a step forward Saturday during a spirited full scrimmage before an excellent crowd at Casper Natrona's Dick Cheney Alumni Field.
The Cowboys ran 95 plays during the one-and-a-half-hour practice on the new Astro-Play turf of Cheney Field.
"There were a number of positive things that happened out here today," Head Coach Vic Koenning said following the workout. "The most important thing is that no one was injured. Number two, I thought the kids flew around very well, and gave great effort. They were also more physical. The crowd was great, we really appreciate so many coming.
"It is such a positive to get the team out into the state, especially in Wyoming because of the distances. It's great to be able to close the gap a little bit between the fans and our program. This is a great facility, and the turf is terrific. We very much appreciate the people of Casper hosting us."
The scrimmage featured a variety of situations. Series were started at the 20, 30, 40 and 50. The defense dominated the first half of the scrimmage, and then the offense got untracked during the second half of the workout. There also was a segment reserved for the punting game.
The Cowboys produced two rushing touchdowns on the afternoon, one a 30-yarder romp by sophomore running back Kit Bradshaw, and the other, a one-yard keeper by junior quarterback Casey Bramlet. Bramlet was involved in the third TD, a 20-yard pass to redshirt freshman Jovon Bouknight. The Pokes also were successful on three of five field goal attempts. Senior Jarvis Wallum was successful from 45, 39 and 37 yards. He missed from 48 against a stiff breeze.
"We still have a lot of good people injured on the sideline," Koenning said, "but I'm really pleased with the progress we are making. We need to continue to pay attention to detail, and to improve. I was just so pleased with the way we flew around. After you watch tape, things are never as good as you think, or as bad as you think, but the effort was certainly there."
Koenning said he was especially pleased with the defense. "I thought we made progress on the defensive line and in the secondary. We're starting to get to the things we did when I first got here six years ago. I'm excited about what we can get done."
Sophomore strong safety Guy Tuell was one of those players in the secondary who had a good day. He produced three solo tackles, six assists and a tackle for a loss. Junior college transfer safety Armand Woodson made five solo tackles, two assists and a pass breakup. Senior tackle Tam Pruitt had a solo,
five assists and a half-sack. Junior linebacker Tyler Gottschalk had two solo tackles, three assists, and two sacks for a minus 14 yards. Senior end Josh Rollins had one solo, four assists, one sack, and two tackles for losses of four yards. Junior end Casey Adams had two solos, two assists and two sacks for a minus six yards.
Jaycee transfer free safety Nate Young had four solos, and four assists.For the day, the defense produced nine sacks, seven tackles for loss and seven passes broken up.
One of the most positive aspects of the offense was the fact there were no turnovers. "We started out a little slow," Koenning said, "but we got it going during the last half of the scrimmage. I think our tight ends and offensive line are getting better, and our running backs have progressed a great deal. They are all getting better and better. I thought the tight ends made some outstanding catches.
"The quarterbacks had a little tougher time today, partly due to the wind which seemed to throw their timing off a little bit."
As a team the Cowboys were 16 of 36 for 105 yards and one touchdown, and no interceptions.The top receiver was Bouknight with three catches for 28 yards and the 20-yard touchdown. Four guys had two catches including tight end Chris Cox (13 yards), receiver Scottie Vines (11 yards), Dustin Pleasant (4 yards) and Jeff Tatnall (23 yards). Cox and his tight end mates Marshall Schaap and Aaron Robbins caught a total of four catches for 32 yards.
On the ground, junior Derek Armah carried 10 times for 45 yards, including a long run of 10. Bradshaw carried 3 times for 31 yards and the 30 yard TD. Redshirt freshman C.R. Davis carried 12 times for 29 yards, including a long of five. Sophomore Kevin Fulton rushed 13 times for 27 yards and a long of seven. As a team the Cowboys rushed 51 carries for 99 yards and two TD's. Because of sacks the quarterbacks lost 37 yards.
Between punters Luke Donovan and Scott Parker punted five times for an average of 54.2 yards, including a long of 65 yards by Donovan.
The Cowboys will practice Monday and Wednesday next week and close out spring training with the annual spring finale in War Memorial Stadium on Saturday. The scrimmage will begin at 2 p.m.