LARAMIE, Wyo. -
It was evident following Saturday's scrimmage that the Wyoming Cowboys have two quarterbacks who have developed to a point where they've earned the confidence of head coach Craig Bohl. In a 41-play scrimmage on Saturday morning, redshirt senior quarterback Cam Coffman and sophomore QB Josh Allen both looked sharp. While complete stats weren't kept on the closed scrimmage, Coffman did complete 6 of 9 passes (.667) for 76 yards, and Allen was 5 of 6 (.833) for 52 yards and two touchdowns.
The two QBs were the first subject that Bohl mentioned in his post-practice comments to the media. UW's second-year head coach also commented on the play of some of the young players in Saturday's scrimmage, including true freshman wide receiver Dameko Doddles, true freshman running back Kellen Overstreet and true freshman cornerback Antonio Hull.
"I thought the quarterback play, by my observation, was pretty good," said Bohl. "There were some good throws, particularly by Cam (Coffman), and Josh (Allen) did some good things.
"For a freshman player, Dameko Doddles did a nice job of bringing some balls down. He showed that he has some good presence. And I thought Kellen Overstreet ran well for a freshman. There were a couple times when there wasn't much there and he made some good things happen, so we're pleased with that.
"Defensively, I thought we had pretty good push up front. Along with that, Antonio Hull came up and made a big, big stick and showed that he has the ability to tackle well in the open field.
"I was really pleased with Cam (Coffman). Cam threw the ball well! Probably of all the things I walked out of today's scrimmage with is I think we've got a good quarterback."
Coffman and Allen were the only two quarterbacks to appear in the scrimmage. Coffman quarterbacked four series during the 50-minute scrimmage, and Allen led the offense on the other five series. Overstreet was the leading rusher on the day with 49 yards on 11 carries, including a three-yard touchdown run. He and fellow true freshman Milo Hall were the only two backs with carries in the game.
Many veterans were held out of the scrimmage by the Cowboy coaching staff. Some, like senior defensive end Eddie Yarbrough and sophomore running back Brian Hill, were held out because Bohl and his staff saw no reason to risk injury to key personnel. Players who missed due to injury, included: senior running back Shaun Wick, sophomore running back Joshua Tapscott, redshirt freshman running back Nico Evans and junior defensive end Tavita Faaiu.
Bohl was asked whether he felt the shorter scrimmage provided his coaching staff enough of an evaluation on the Cowboys at this point of fall camp.
"We actually went 41 plays," said Bohl. "We integrated some kickoffs and punts, but that is as light as we've ever gone at this time in fall. Some of it is we are thin at some spots, but we really took a hard look at what guys we wanted to evaluate. I think it is important for us to go into the first game having a clear understanding of who can help us. Certain veterans didn't get a lot of repetition, but I think within those 41 plays we were able to get some good evaluation of the guys we wanted to look at."
Asked if this scrimmage helped to determine some of the young players who may play this coming season, Bohl said, "After we evaluate the tape, we should have a clearer idea. That is what this scrimmage was about. Some of the young guys who I think do have a chance to play include Dameko (Doddles), who will definitely be playing. I think there is a good shot that Justice Murphy (true freshman wide receiver) will be playing. James Price (true freshman wide receiver) has shown some good things during camp, and I think he warrants some serious consideration.
"In the secondary, Antonio Hull is a little bit ahead of Davion Freeman (true freshman cornerback), but part of that is Davion is about 156 pounds and Antonio is about 185. The other guy who is showing some great promise is Carl Granderson (true freshman defensive end). For a young defensive end, he is tall and angular, which is a nice way to say he's skinny, but he plays really strong and hard, so we're going to take a hard look at him, as well."
Another freshman that Bohl was asked about whether he might play as a true freshman was running back Overstreet.
"We're looking for a number three guy," said Bohl. "In our system, we're going to feed the ball to those guys. Today, I thought he (Kellen Overstreet) did some good things. Before we make that final determination, we'll look at the tape, but off the naked eye he showed that he can go out there and make some plays."
Bohl acknowledged that there is still work that needs to be done in special teams before the Sept. 5 season opener versus North Dakota.
"We had a little bit of a mixed bag in the kicking game," said Bohl. "We had some miscues there which we are disappointed in because that is really going to come to light in the next two weeks. We're going to have to work on that hard."
There were also too many penalties in Saturday's scrimmage for the head coach, and he voiced his frustration with that in his post-scrimmage press conference.
"Some of the things I was disappointed in is we had some lack of discipline -- some offsides, guys lining up in the neutral zone -- things that we've got to get cleaned up," said Bohl. "Quite frankly some of that is to be expected. This is the first time we've had officials on the field during fall camp. It's different when you have the guys out their in stripes, and they (the officials) did a nice job. But those are mistakes we can control, so we've got to get that in order."
While precautions were taken to hold veterans out of Saturday's scrimmage to prevent injury, there were sadly some younger players who did suffer injuries on Saturday.
"We did receive some injuries today," said Bohl. "I don't know the extent of them yet, but Grant Lewis (redshirt freshman tight end) suffered some type of injury to his knee, and I think it may be pretty significant. Trevor Meader (junior defensive end) also did something with his knee, and I know he was in a lot of pain. As I said, what the extent of those injuries are we'll find out, but I doubt that either one of them would be ready for the first game and maybe beyond that."
Asked what the focus of practices would be this coming week, Bohl said, "As we get closer to the first game, we begin to integrate more of our game plan. We're certainly going to do work against one another, but most guys by now they've gotten their work in and the coaches have made their evaluations. Now you start getting ready for your first game."
The Pokes will practice once on Sunday and then have their final day of two-a-day practices on Monday before practicing once each on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Bohl said he and his staff planned to put together a depth chart to release to media early next week.
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2015 University of Wyoming Football Fall Practice Schedule
Monday, Aug. 10- 9:30 a.m. (Non-contact, Helmets, Practice #1) 1:00-2:00 p.m. (Media Day Luncheon in Wildcatter Stadium Club & Suites) 2:00-3:00 p.m. (Media Day Interviews on Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium)
Tuesday, Aug. 11 - 9:00 a.m. (Non-contact, Helmets Practice #2)
Wednesday, Aug. 12 - 9:00 a.m. (Shoulder Pads, Practice #3)
Thursday, Aug. 13 - 9:00 a.m. (Shoulder Pads, Practice #4)
Friday, Aug. 14 - 9:00 a.m. (Full Pads, Practice #5)
Saturday, Aug. 15 - 8:50 a.m. (Practice #6) - 3:50 p.m. (Practice #7)
Sunday, Aug. 16 - 2:45 p.m. (Practice #8)
Monday, Aug. 17 - 9:00 a.m. (Practice #9) - 3:50 p.m. (Practice #10)
Tuesday, Aug. 18 - 9:00 a.m. (Practice #11)
Wednesday, Aug. 19 - 9:00 a.m. (Practice #12) - 3:50 p.m. (Practice #13)
Thursday, Aug. 20 - 9:00 a.m. (Practice #14)
Friday, Aug. 21 - 9:20 a.m. (Practice #15) - 3:50 p.m. (Practice #16)
Saturday, Aug. 22 - 11:00 a.m. (Closed Scrimmage, Practice #17)
Sunday, Aug. 23 - 3:30 p.m. (Practice #18)
Monday, Aug. 24 - 8:50 a.m. (Practice #19) - 3:50 p.m. (Practice #20)
Tuesday, Aug. 25 - 9:50 a.m. (Practice #21)
Wednesday, Aug. 26 - 9:50 a.m. (Practice #22)
Thursday, Aug. 27 - 9:00 a.m. (Practice #23)
Friday, Aug. 28 - 9:20 a.m. (Practice #24)
Saturday, Aug. 29 - No practice Monday,
Aug. 31 - First Weekly Press Conference at Noon