Aug. 12, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
This Friday morning, the Wyoming Cowboys will conduct their first of four scheduled fall scrimmages. Friday's practice will begin at 8:45 a.m., with the scrimmage portion of Friday's practice to begin around 9:20 a.m. The scrimmage will take place in War Memorial Stadium.
Fans attending Friday's scrimmage will need to sit in the west stands of War Memorial Stadium. The east side of War Memorial is still a construction zone as the final stages of remodeling on the east stands and construction of the new Wildcatter Stadium Club & Suites are nearing completion.
This week's scrimmage is expected to consist of an estimated 120 plays. It will be the first opportunity for Wyoming coaches to evaluate players in live game-like situations. Each player is expected to get approximately 30-40 plays during the scrimmage. The No. 1 offense will face the No. 2 defense. The No. 2 offense will scrimmage the No. 1 defense, and the No. 3 offense and defense will square off against one another.
"We will be trying to evaluate all of our personnel in this first scrimmage," said Christensen. "We need to find out which players are close to working their way into the two deep, and find out which players can compete at the level necessary to help us win. We will be getting our first opportunity to see some of our new players perform in a live scrimmage setting.
"Also, we will be looking at what level of precision and timing our offensive and defensive units are operating at after practicing for a week. We'll also incorporate a few live special team reps into this first scrimmage."
Throughout the first week of practice, a number of skill-position players on offense, including running backs and receivers, have been rotating between the No. 1 and No. 2 offensive units, and Christensen said that will continue during Friday's scrimmage.
"This will be the longest scrimmage of the fall," said Christensen. "The first two scrimmages will be similar in format -- they will be scripted for specific situations we want to simulate. The final two scrimmages will be less situational, scripted scrimmages. We will incorporate more of a game format into those last two scrimmages, where we will play an actual quarter of football."
Cowboys who will miss Friday's first scrimmage due to injury will be: senior offensive guard Jack Tennant; junior wide receiver DeJay Lester; junior defensive tackle Alex Stover; redshirt freshman walk-on offensive lineman Chance McClaren; freshman running back Nehemie Kankolongo; and freshman walk-on wide receiver Shane Sullivan. Sullivan suffered a broken leg in Wednesday's practice and underwent surgery to repair the leg Wednesday night. He will miss the entire season.
A scoring system will be utilized that will award the offense and defense points based on certain plays. The offense will earn a normal six points for a touchdown, one point for a point-after-touchdown, two points for a two-point PAT and three points for a field goal. In addition, the offense may earn one point for each play of 20+ yards and one point for each first down.
The defense may earn five points each for an interception or a recovered fumble. If they return an interception or fumble recovery for a TD, the defense will receive 12 points. The defense will earn three points for forcing a punt, blocking a field goal or by stopping the offense on a fourth-down play on the offense's side of the 50. Two points will be awarded to the defense for a safety, a quarterback sack, stopping the offense on a fourth-down play on the defense's side of the 50 or stopping a two-point conversion attempt. Finally one point will be earned by the defense for forcing a missed field goal, tackling a ball carrier for a loss of yardage, blocking a point-after-touchdown attempt or when holding the offense to a field goal after the offense began its series in the red-zone (inside the defense's 20-yard line).