Aug. 21, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Wyoming's football team was pronounced "ready to go" by its director, Head Football Coach Joe Glenn after Thursday morning's final tune-up scrimmage.
The Cowboys scrimmaged for some 50 plays in War Memorial Stadium, and the head man said he saw, "a little bit of good everywhere".
"I thought the number one units looked good," Glenn said following the workout that marked the 17th straight day of fall camp. "I also thought the kicking game was extremely impressive. There were a couple of things that we need to see improvement in. We continue to miss on the deep passes, and I look forward to us improving in that area."
The only damper on a good day, according to the coach, came in the injury department. Starting strongside linebacker Tyler Gottschalk (Sr., Hays, Kans.) suffered a high ankle sprain of his left ankle. He will be listed day-to-day. His x-ray was negative. Cornerback Terrance Butler (So., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) sprained the great toe on his right foot. His also was listed day-to-day.
Glenn's comment on the kicking game was an understatement. The successful kicking game, long a tradition at Wyoming, looked like the Cowboy teams of old. Deric Yaussi (So., Ft. Collins, Colo.) booted a 54-yard field goal, which had distance to spare, and was two-for-two in the extra-point department. Punter Luke Donovan (Sr., Spearfish, S.D.) averaged 46.6-yards per punt with an average hang time of 4.97. Hang time on two of his punts was 5.15, and 5.23, very impressive according to the head coach.
"Those numbers are Twilight Zone," Glenn said. "That punter looks like NFL material to me," Glenn said. "He is a critical weapon for the way we want to play. Field position will be very important to us, and Luke is the guy who can do that for us.
"Deric also looks very confident, and certainly that field goal has to do wonders for anyone's confidence."
Defensively the Cowboys were very impressive for most of the scrimmage. The offense did prevail in the red zone, converting three touchdowns and a field goal on four possessions from the 20 yard line. Away from the goal line, the defense forced six punts. The defense allowed 173 total yards, including just 12 yards on the ground.
The highlight of the defense's day was provided by freshman corner Terrel Vinson (Fr., Irvine, Calif.). Vinson stepped in front of an errant pass and raced 71 yards for a touchdown.
"I thought the defense applied some pressure on the quarterback, and made some big plays," Glenn said. "Yet, big players made big plays for us offensively in the red zone, and that's important."
The Cowboys scored three touchdowns during the hour-long scrimmage all on pass plays from the Bramlet (Wheatland) brothers. Casey threw a two-yarder to tight end Aaron Robbins (So., Aurora, Colo.) and a 20-yarder to veteran Ryan McGuffey (Sr., Riverton). Corey's touchdown was a 14-yarder to rookie Michael Ford (Fr., Aurora, Colo.).
"Our big-play guys made some big plays," Glenn said. "That's always great to see. I think there are enough good receivers here that it's going to be tough to stop them all. Having Derek (Armah, Sr., Lawnside, N.J.) back in the lineup was good. He demonstrated a little bit that he is coming on.
Casey was 6 of 10 for 74 yards and the two touchdowns. Corey also was 6 of 10 for 57 yards and one touchdown. McGuffey was the top target with three catches for 43 yards and the 20-yard touchdown reception. Ford caught three for 28 and the 14-yard touchdown. Jason Amos (So., Lakewood, Colo.) caught three balls for 24 yards.
The Cowboys only rushed 15 times during the scrimmage for a total of 12 yards. Six sacks for total of 29 yards went against the total of 46 yards. Armah carried twice for 12 yards to lead the running backs.
Defensively, linebacker Shane Powell (Sr., Yuma, Colo. ) led the way with five tackles and half a sack for a nine yard loss. Three guys produced three unassisted stops each led by safety Jacque Finn (Sr., Casper) who also had a sack for a 13-yard loss. Butler, weakside linebacker Guy Tuell (Jr., Yuma, Colo.), and strongside linebacker J.C. Trautwein (Sr., Wheatland) also had three tackles each.
Head Coach Joe Glenn announced Thursday that starting right guard Henry Randle (Sr., St. Louis, Mo.) has been declared academically ineligible for the season. He said the starting job would go to either Jason Karcher (RFr., Tempe Ariz.) or Drew Severn (So., Glendale, Ariz.). Randle started the last seven games of the 2002 season at right tackle.
Friday's final two-a-day session will include a walk-through in the morning, and a practice in the afternoon. Saturday's workout, in War Memorial Stadium, will include a small scrimmage with the number one units going against the Montana State scout team. There will be an autograph session on the field following the scrimmage at approximately 11:30 a.m. The Cowboys will take Sunday off, then begin game-week preparations on Monday.