Wyoming Ready for Spring Finale

April 23, 2004

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

It may not look like a "game" as most spring finales do, but it will be just as important.

Wyoming's football team closes out its second spring under Head Coach Joe Glenn with a 1 p.m. scrimmage Saturday at the "North 40" practice facility.

The scrimmage will resemble last Saturday's practice. There will be 80 plays encompassing various field and down and distance situations. An additional 20 plays will involve special teams.

According to Glenn there probably will not be any jobs won or lost Saturday. "I think by now, you are either in the mix, or you're not. I know everyone gets hung up on who is starting. But most of our guys will see the field a bunch during the season."

Glenn said that the coaching staff will be especially looking at players who didn't get much of an opportunity last year. Guys like (wide receiver) Dusin Pleasant, Ivan (Harrison) and C.R. (Davis), at running back. We will probably play Corey (Bramlet) about the same as last week (two series). We know what he can do. We still want to make sure on his back-up. Right now it looks like J.J. Raterink."

The Cowboys have had a very successful spring, according to their head coach. He has been pleased with the improvement in several areas, especially in the offensive and defensive lines, and linebacker.

"Dusty (nose guard Hoffschneider) and Aaron Robbins (defensive end) have helped the defensive line. Zach (tackle Morris) and John (end Flora) have gotten bigger and stronger, and have really improved. With Austin Hall, John Prater, Randy Tschnarner and Jeff Tuell--even though he's missed some of spring training--our linebacking corps is improved.

"We have to get better on defense, and looking at us you can tell we are better. We have to be better. We have never had people run the ball on us like we did last year. I think we are much-improved there."

Glenn says the offensive line has improved as well. "We still need to develop depth on the offensive line. Mark Schwarz has had an outstanding spring, and is now in the mix. We're also expecting three guys to help us in the fall--Dan Fisher and Drew Severn who have been injured, and junior college transfer Alan Erving. It is critical for us to improve our depth."

Several Cowboys will be held out of the practice because of injury. . .receiver Jason Amos, defensive end Mike Groover, Fisher and Severn. Two other Cowboys will be missing for a violation of team rules, sophormore safety Dorsey Golston and junior running back Joseph Harris. Glenn also announced that offensive center Ben Penfold has been dismissed from the team for violating team rules. Glenn said he would not comment further.