April 26, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Joe Glenn's final practice of his first spring at Wyoming belonged to the offense Saturday afternoon 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 beautiful artifical surface of Cheney Field.
The offense passed for 188 yards, and rushed for 128 while scoring five touchdowns.
"The offense had the upper hand today, but we have to remember that is the strength of our team," an obvioulsy pleased head coach said. "I thought they looked very comfortable, and demonstrated a lot of poise. We pretty much did today what we hope to do next fall, control the football with our passing game and running game. Derek Armah fits our style perfectly. He ran well today Casey Bramlet is so impressive. This is not a simple offense, and he's been on the money. He's a leader with great character. He deserves what's coming."
Bramlet threw for three touchdowns, two to Jovon Bouknight, and one to Ryan McGuffey. He was 6 of 13 through the air for 90 yards. He did not throw an interception. As a matter of fact, the Cowboy offense did not turn the ball over all afternoon.
"In a scrimmage, when one side of the ball looks good, you naturally think the other side didn't," Glenn said. "That really wasn't the case. While the offense executed well, the defense did some good things. I think they really gave up only one big play. I thought Zach Morris played well again, and Brandon Casavan made some big plays. Morris produced a sack, and two tackles for losses.
"Probably the most important thing about today's scrimmage was that all of the Cowboys walked off the field on their own feet," Glenn said. "That was certainly one of our primary goals of this spring."
The Cowboys ran a variety of situations during the afternoon before a crowd of 1,800 fans. With the number one units going at one another, and the two's battling, drives were started from the 50, the 30 going away from the goal line, and the 30 going into the end zone. There also was a good dose of special teams work, punt, kickoff, point-after and field goals.
Bramlet's three touchdowns included strikes of 23 and 15 yards to Bouknight, and a 30-yard hookup with McGuffey. The Pokes also scored two land touchdowns. Ivan Harrison ran two yards for one, and Dan Marshall three yards for the other. McGuffey caught four for 57, and that touch. Bouknight caught three for 42 yards and the two TD's.
On the ground Armah, who saw limited duty, carried five times for 72 yards. Harrison carried seven times for 49 yards. A total of 10 receivers caught passes.
"I think the kickers had a good day," Glenn said. "Both were knocking them through. The times were good, the snaps, holds and kicks were good. I thought we took a step forward today. Scott Parker and Deric Yaussi attempted field goals from 32, 35, 38 and 36 yards. Each missed one.
"We've had a good spring," Glenn said. "These kids have done everything we've asked them to do. I'm proud of them. They've shown discipline, and their attitudes have been great. Everybody has gotten a little bit better every day. We have to continue that now.
"Now, I want them to rally on their studies. They have to hit the books hard during these last couple of weeks. I like what they have done, and I'm excited about what they are going to accomplish."