April 16, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
For its final appearance, the turf of War Memorial Stadium hosted a spirited practice as the Wyoming Cowboys closed out their spring training with a two-hour scrimmage.
While the defense dominated the first scrimmage last Saturday, this finale was much more evenly matched. The Pokes ran 18 series, ranging from the 30, to the 50, and then in the red zone at the 20. The offense scored four touchdowns and produced three field goals. The defense scored on two pass interceptions, one a 52-yard return by cornerback Brandon Bell (6-1, 190, Sr.), and one of 72 yards by cornerback Derrick Martin (5-11, 189, Jr.).
"We ran the ball better today," Joe Glenn said following the scrimmage. "We showed more toughness out there, and that says something about the guys up front. I thought Wynel (Seldon, 6-1, 204, RFr.) ran much better, and Devin Moore (5-10, 178, RFr.) has been waiting for this chance. He has a lot of shake to him."
Seldon carried eight times for 40 yards, and Moore posted six carries for 43 yards. The Pokes gained just 12 yards total on the ground in the first scrimmage last week. Alex Renshaw (5-10, 202, Jr.) carried six times for 21 yards.
The best news for Glenn, however, came from the training room. "Once again, the best thing about today was the fact we came out of it with very few nicks."
Cornerback Michael Medina (6-0, 175, So.) seperated his shoulder, but not seriously. Receiver Tyler Holden (5-11, 175, Jr.) sprained his thumb, and receiver Michael Ford (6-2, 203, So.) sprained his ankle. All will be ready to go for the fall.
"I thought the offense rolled when Cory (Bramlet) was at quarterback. The two young quarterbacks had some trouble protecting the ball. Jake (quarterback Doss, 6-2, 210, So.) threw a couple of foolish passes. He's got to work on that. But what a great throw on the run he made to Josh (receiver Barge, 6-0, 209, Sr.) for the touchdown. He just needs to work on protecting the football. He has had a great spring, and has come a long way. He's certainly cemented himself in that number two position."
Glenn was pleased with plays made by both sides of the football. "I liked a couple of our touchdown plays, and I loved some of the big plays the defense made," Glenn said.
The Cowboy touchdown drives were: 70 yards in 13 plays, capped by a Bramlet to Holden nine-yard touchdown; 70 yards in 14 plays, capped by a one-yard Bramlet to tight end Wade Betschart (6-3, 242, So.)pass; 50 yards in 4 plays with Doss hitting Barge on a 52-yard touchdown pass; and 20 yards in two plays, resulting in a 13-yard run on a lateral by Barge. The Pokes hit on three field goals, two by Deric Yaussi (5-11, 199, Sr.) of 27 and 38, and one by Max Hammond (5-11, 170, RFr.) of 35 yards.
Bramlet finished the day completing 11 of 15 passes for 111 yards and the two touchdowns. He threw one interception. Doss was 5 of 13 for 76 yards and a touchdown. He threw an interception which went for 72 yards. Stinson Dean (6-2, 215, RFr.) was 6 of 11 for 45 yards and the one pick-six.
Their top targets were wideout Jason Wallace (6-2, 187, Sr.), who caught four balls for 56 yards, and Betschart, who caught four for 25 yards and the touchdown. Holden produced three receptions for 30 yards and the touchdown. Barge caught two for 56 yards and the touchdown, and rushed for a touchdown.
"The first units dominated, and they should have," Glenn said. "They have been playing well all spring, and both sides played well today.
Martin and defensive end Aaron Robbins (6-4, 253, Sr.) had big days on the defensive side of things. Martin posted four tackles, one-and-a-half sacks, the 72-yard pick-six, a fumble recovery and a pass-break-up. Robbins produced eight tackles, two-and-a-half sacks and two pass break-ups. Safety Dorsey Golston (6-0, 188, Jr.) had three tackles, a sack and a pass break-up. Corner Julius Stinson (5-10, 170, So.) had a pair of tackles, an interception and a pass-break-up. Defensive end Mike Juergens (6-4, 227, R-Fr.) had two tackles, and two sacks.
In the punting department, Adam Brooks (5-11, 190, Sr.) punted four times for an average of 46.0 average with a long of 55 yards. Scott Parker (6-0, 188, Sr.) punted twice for a 51.5-yard average with a long of 58.
"I think we hit the finish line where we want to be," Glenn said. "We had a very good spring, and I think we have answered a lot of the questions we had going in. We certainly found a back-up quarterback, and we are very pleased how Drew Severn (6-3, 301, Sr.) stepped in at the center position. He had an excellent spring. Jason Wallace had a heck of a spring, and really put himself in the receiver mix. Our linebacker corps continues to impress us. I think that secondary is awfully good.
"I think we have 140 days until we take on those Gators (season opener at Florida on Sept. 3). Every man knows what he has to do. I have no doubt we will continue the momentum that we have gained through the winter program, and spring training."