Cowboys Scrimmage in Final Dress Rehearsal

Aug. 21, 2002


Following Wyoming's final major scrimmage of fall camp Wednesday, Head Coach Vic Koenning said he would "lock down" a two-deep for the Tennessee game by Friday.

The Cowboys went through a final dress rehearsal on Wednesday afternoon in War Memorial Stadium, prior to the Tennessee opener on Aug. 31 in Nashville, Tenn. The 75-play scrimmage, plus special teams work, featured much of the same situations as last Saturday's scrimmage. Koenning said it would be the final scrum of fall camp.

The head coach also indicated that the Cowboys would begin full game preparation for Tennessee on Thursday. "We have been working on some Tennessee elements in pre-practice," Koenning said, "but tomorrow we begin with our regular game-week preparation with full scout teams.

"We will evaluate today's tape and pretty much lock down our two-deep. In many positions, it really won't matter who starts, because we will continue to rotate people."

Wednesday's hour-and-a-half workout featured over-the-field scrimmaging and special teams work, including punting, kickoffs, extra points and field goals.

The Cowboys will conclude the two-a-day phase of camp on Saturday with a "situational" day, according to Koenning. "We will work on every situation you can imagine," he said, "from taking safeties to kneel-downs."

The Wednesday scrimmage once again featured quick whistles designed to avoid collisions and injury. "It's certainly more difficult to evaluate when you go this way," Koenning said. "But you have to commit to either avoiding injuries or letting them go full speed. We wanted to avoid the nickle and dime injuries. Sure there is concern when you do that. But you can still evaluate by their positioning. Today we were a little out of tackling position at times. We certainly have been able to avoid injury thus far."

Koenning thought one of the important aspects of the scrimmage was the special teams work."J.D. (Wallum) kicked exceptionally well," said Koenning. "I also thought we punted the ball well. We feel very good about those two positions."

Wallum was two-for-two in field goal tries, one from 53 yards and one from 24. His backup, redshirt freshman Scott Parker, hit from 24 yards. Punter Luke Donovan punted three times for an average of 41.5 per punt, and Parker punted twice for an average of 41.

Statistically, quarterback Casey Bramlet had an excellent day completing 19 of 25 for 182 yards and three touchdowns. His brother Corey was 5 of 10 for 49 yards, and J.J. Raterink was 4 of 6 for 48 yards. For the day, the quarterbacks were 28 of 41 for 279 yards and the three scores.

The top target was Jovon Bouknight who caught 11 balls for 71 yards and a touchdown of 15 yards. Ryan McGuffey caught eight passes for 94 yards and a touchdown that covered 26 yards. The other touchdown reception went to Brock Ralph. That one covered seven yards.

Kit Bradshaw led the rushing attack with 11 carries for 28 yards and a 20-yard touchdown romp. As a team, the Cowboys rushed the ball 28 times for 33 yards and one touchdown.

Defensively the Cowboys produced four sacks for a minus 24 yards. They picked off one pass and that was a big play. Nate Young intercepted a Raterink pass and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown. Safety Jay McNeal had six tackles for the afternoon, while tackle Brandon Casavan and bandit Jon Aimone each had a sack-and-a-half.

"All in all our offense made some big plays," Koenning said. "I thought it looked sharper, more polished today than it did Saturday. There is no doubt you take a chance with the defense when you don't tackle. But I thought they did a good job of rallying to the ball and attacking. We have some things to do, but we feel like we have enough time to get those things done."