Aug. 21, 2004
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
As expected, first team units dominated Wyoming's initial scrimmage of the fall.
But it was the way they dominated that had head coach Joe Glenn all smiles. "For a first scrimmage there were not a lot of mistakes," he said following the 80-play, hour-and-half scrimmage at the North Forty practice facility. "The first teams did all you would expect from first teams. I thought both were right on track."
The scrimmage featured the number one units against the number two's from the offense's 30-yard-line, the 50-yard-line, and the defense's 25. There were nine punts and one kickoff situation.
"We really needed this today," Glenn said. "We played with focus and resolve. Sure, there were mistakes, but without looking at film, I was very happy with the way we performed, especially the number one units performed."
The highlight of the day was the quarterback-Corey Bramlet-receiver- Jovon Bouknight connection. Bramlet, playing as if he had been starting for four years, was impressive in his first major fall scrimmage as the Cowboys' number one guy. Playing in seven series, he was 17 of 22 for 214 yards and two touchdowns. As his favorite target, Bouknight caught six balls for 91 yards and one touchdown.
"Corey has not had a lot of game experience, so he really needed this today," Glenn said. He did all of the things you'd see from a guy who had been starting for a long time. It's obvious that Bouknight is his go-to guy. Corey feels Jovon's his number one receiver, and why not, number nine can get it done."
"Yes, it was something I really needed, Bramlet said following the scrimmage. " I need all of the game-like experience I can get. This was very good for me today."
The Cowboy sophomore certainly enjoys throwing to Bouknight. "Jovon and I came in together, and have always been together. He is such an outstanding receiver, he's a lot of fun to throw to."
Bramlet's first touchdown of the scrimmage came after he ducked under a blitz, and found Bouknight in the corner of end zone for 16 yards. The play capped an eight-play 50-yard drive. His second was a beautiful touch throw to redshirt freshman Taber LeMarr from five yards out. That came on a red zone situation.
Besides Bouknight, Wyoming's top receivers were junior Josh Barge, who caught three for 32 yards, and LeMarr, who had three for 30 yards. The Pokes were without two of their top receivers--redshirt sophomore Dustin Pleasant, and transfer Tyler Holden. Pleasant is nursing a sprained ankle, and Holden a hamstring strain.
The Cowboy's first offensive unit also scored twice on the ground, both by sophomore Ivan Harrison. The first was a one-yard run capping a 10-play, 70-yard drive, and the second was a two-yard burst in the red zone. Harrision finished with five carries for nine yards. The top yard-gainer was junior college transfer Joseph Harris who rushed five times for 15 tough yards. Junior C.R. Davis carried three times for 11 yards.
"Harris is junk-yard-dog tough," Glenn said. "He bent a face mask, and certainly established what he can do. "Ivan does what he does best, shake and shimmy."
Backup quarterback J.J. Raterink was 5 of 12 for the day for 50 yards. He threw one interception. Redshirt Jacob Doss, who is third on the depth chart, was 0 for 2. All in all, the quarterbacks were 22 of 36 for 264 yards and the two touchdowns. The ground game produced a net of minus three yards on 31 attempts. Seven sacks by the defense accounted for a lot of that negative yardage.
Speaking of defense, there were some excellent numbers produced during the morning workout. Redshirt freshman Luke Chase accounted for 10 stops, including a sack for a minus seven, and two tackles for losses of nine yards.
Sophomore safety Dorsey Golston also produced 10 tackles, including one tackle for a loss of three, and one pass breakup.
Junior punter Adam Brooks was outstanding. He punted five times for an average of 47.6 per punt including a 60-yard boomer and a 58-yard bomb that bounced out of bounds at the four-yard-line. His backup, junior Scott Parker, punted four times for an average of 38.8 per.
Junior placekicker Deric Yaussi was successful on two of three field goals. He made good on boots of 36 yards and 42 yards, and missed from 46, on a kick that sailed wide right. He hit on two extra points while Parker was successful on his only point-after try.
"I thought there were a lot of good things out there today," Glenn said. "I thought that first offensive line gave us plenty of time to throw. Number 86 (junior transfer receiver Jason Wallace) and number 83 (LeMarr) did some good things out there. John Prater (sophomore linebacker) is a pit bull in the middle and played well." Wallace caught two for 28 yards. Prater had four tackles, half a sack for a minus nine, a tackle for a loss for nine yards and a pick inside the 10 yard line. He was getting most of the work in the middle because senior middle backer Randy Tscharner was away attending a family funeral.
"I thought the front four played well, and made a lot of tackles." Glenn continued. The two new guys in our front (Dusty Hoffschneider at nose and Aaron Robbins at end) showed they belong. Zach (Morris) and John (Flora) also played well." Hoffschneder had seven tackles, a sack for minus eight, and three tackles for losses totalling 17 yards. Robbins had seven tackles, a half sack for minus four and three tackles for losses of nine yards. Morris had seven, three tackles for losses of 15 yards and one-and-a-half sacks for 14 yards. Flora produced three tackles, including one tackle for a loss of six.
Veteran backer Guy Tuell played well as usual. He had five tackles, a half sack for minus nine and a tackle for a loss of nine. Junior transfer Ron Rockett had six total tackles from his strong safety spot to lead the secondary.
"We are getting closer," Glenn says. "We need that measuring stick. We need a game. We also needed this today. This was really good for us. We still have some installation to do, but from now until Sept. 4, we will be working on situational stuff like coming out from our goal line and two-minute drills. We are now working it down to the guys who are playing on Sept. 4 (Appalachian State opener)."
The Cowboys will conduct their second, and last, scrimmage of fall camp on Thursday. It is set for 9 a.m., either in War Memorial Stadium or at the North Forty.