Cowboys Set for Final Scrimmage of Spring Training

April 15, 2005


If you are having post "tax-day" blues, Wyoming's Cowboys have a remedy.

Wyoming's second, and final, scrimmage of spring training is set for 1 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium.

The scrimmage will follow the same format as last Saturday's practice. It will pit the first units offensively and defensively against the second units. The situational scrum will feature the offense starting at its own 30, at the 50, and in the "red zone", at the 20. There will be special teams included in the drives, both punts and field goals, but not at full speed in terms of coverage and tackling. The 25-second clock will be in operation, and there will be game officials.

"I would hope to see us run the ball a little tougher than we did last week," Head Coach Joe Glenn said Friday. "We were very pleased with last week's scrimmage except for that one area. Understanding that our top two backs are not in the lineup, I still want to see us show a little more toughness on that side of the ball."

As with the first scrimmage, Saturday's will afford the Cowboys an opportunity to show what they can do in a game-type situation, at "game speed", as their coach likes to say.

In Glenn's mind this has been a very successful spring for his Wyoming team. The fact that it has been a healthy spring has added greatly to that success. "We just want to get through tomorrow with everyone walking off the field under their own steam," Glenn says, knocking on wood. "That's what is most important about spring training."

The Cowboys have had a successful spring, according to their head coach, in all categories. "We have been especially pleased with our starters from last year," he says. "They all came into spring training with a great mindset that they wanted to get a lot done. They have done that.

"We have installed everything, and everyone is on the same page. The team leadership has been a big part of getting that done."

While the returning starters have been outstanding, Glenn and his staff have been pleased with a whole lot of new starters, and some players who won't start but who have made tremendous strides in getting themselves in the mix.

"I have really been pleased with Jacob Doss (6-2, 210, So.) at quarterback," Glenn says. "He has worked hard, and done a great job of moving into that backup spot behind Corey (Bramlet).

"He is by no means the only bright spot," Glenn continues. "There are a number of guys who have had outstanding springs. John Prater (6-2, 239, Jr.), Ward Dobbs (6-0, 232, RFr.) and Jeff Tatnall (5-11, 230, Sr.) have really come on strong at linebacker. All three have helped in areas where we had senior losses.

"Aaron Robbins (6-4, 253, Sr.) has had an excellent spring at defensive end. We've also been pleased with the progress of Jake Mayes (6-3, 285, Jr.) and Corey Mace (6-3, 276, Jr.), at tackle. That's a key area for us with the loss of Zach Morris.

"Jason Wallace (6-2, 187, Sr.) has utilized the spring to put himself very much in the starting picture at wide receiver. He has had a great session. Our newest receiver, C.J. Brewer (6-3, 198, Sr.) is overcoming the learning curve, and has shown moments of brilliance. Wade Betschart (6-3, 242, So.) has been given an opportunity at tight end, and has made the most of it. He has become a tremendous blocker. We have been really happy with what Drew Severn (6-3, 301, Sr.) has done at center. That was one of our biggest concerns heading into the spring, and he has played very well.

"Our special teams areas have had great springs. There is always some concern if you head into spring practice looking for new snappers and holders. But we've been pleased with everyone there. Jake (Mayes) has taken a big load off of our minds as the long snapper, as has Mark Schwarz (6-4, 298, Jr.). (Tyler) Holden (5-11, 175, Jr.) has done a great job of holding for our placements. Of course, we feel good about Deric (kicker Yaussi, 5-11, 199, Sr.) and Adam (punter Brooks, 5-11, 190, Sr.). I think they will be two of the finest in the country.

"Obviously, it's been a very positive spring all the way around."

The Intercollegiate Athletics Department's Marketing and Promotions staff is planning a spring event in the stadium following the scrimmage. Fans are invited onto the field for autographs, and to take pictures with their favorite players and coaches. The Cowgirl soccer team, which will host Metro State at 2:30 p.m. at the Soccer Stadium, will join the football team for the post-scrimmage festivities.

There will be music, food and drink available for purchase. Inflatables will be set up for the children. UW Dining Service Senior Associate Director Dave Wallace, and his staff, will be providing the food at the War Memorial Stadium Veteran's Plaza during, and following the game. Athletics Director Gary Barta, and coaches Joe Glenn and Anne Moore will speak to the fans .

In addition, the United States Postal Service will unveil a new Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas bowl commemorative envelope at the event, which will be on sale.