Defense and Kickers Shine in Final Fall Scrimmage

Aug. 23, 2006


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Defense and field goals highlighted Wyoming's scrimmage Wednesday evening in War Memorial Stadium, the final tune-up before next week's season opener with Utah State.

The scrimmage mirrored last week's in terms of structure. The number one units on offense and defense lined up against one another as did the second and third units. The situational practice saw series begin at the minus 35, the 50 and the 25. There were a total of 15 series, and just under 70 plays.

The hour-and-fifteen-minute scrimmage saw the defense force five turnovers--three fumbles and two interceptions--one which resulted in a 74-yard touchdown return, and limited the offense to 33 yards rushing on 24 carries, including three sacks (-19) and six tackles for losses (-29). The offense gained 122 yards through the air on 18 of 33. It did not score a touchdown.

"There was lots of hustle by the defense," Head Coach Joe Glenn said following the scrimmage. "They made some excellent plays. It sure looks like the three-four is a great fit for us."

The kicking game also was impressive. The two place kickers, Jake Scott (5-8, 158, RFr.) and Aric Goodman (5-11, 170, Fr.) were perfect on the evening. Scott was three for three including kicks of 39 yards, 50 yards and 31 yards. Goodman was just as good with successes from 43 yards, 50 yards and 31 yards.

Punter Billy Vinnedge (6-1, 188, Jr.) was outstanding, averaging 45.2 yards per punt on five kicks. Nick Landess (6-2, 215, Fr.) punted once for 40 yards.

"Two freshman, six for six, what can you say," Glenn said. "It's going to be hard to pick one. They are two very strong kickers for a couple of young guys. We also were pleased with our snaps (Danny Dutmer, 6-4, 237, So.) and the holds (Tyler Holden, 6-0, 179, Sr.)."

Glenn was pleased with number one quarterback Jake Doss (6-2, 210, Jr.), but not happy with the offensive line, and especially the running game. "I thought Jake protected the ball well, but we were too soft in pass protection, and didn't stay with our blocks in the running game. I'm disappointed with the running game, we are not near where we want to be running the ball.

"We need to show up better in that offensive line. We have to do a better job of getting a hat on a hat."

The leading ball carrier for the Cowboys was running back/wide receiver Devin Moore (5-9, 182, So.) who gained 10 yards on four carries. He was the only runner in double figures. Starting running back Wynel Seldon (6-0, 208, So.) carried four times for one yard.

Doss led the quarterbacks hitting 13 of 20 passes for 96 yards. Karsten Sween (6-2, 204, RFr.) was 3 for 3 for 16 yards, and Stinson Dean (6-2, 210, So.) was 2 for 8 for 10 yards. Ian Hetrick (6-2, 195, Jr.) was 0 for 2, but did rush twice for eight yards.

The top receiver was Michael Ford (6-2, 203, Jr.) who caught five passes for 47 yards, including a long of 13 yards. Moore, Derrick Levy (6-0, 178, Fr.) and Greg Bolling (6-2, 180, Fr.) each caught two balls. for 4, 14 and 14 yards respectively.

The most exciting play of the evening belonged to the defense as well. On an attempted screen pass by the offense, running back Devin Moore was hit by Fred Givens (6-1, 298, RFr.). The ball popped in the air and defensive end Corey Mace (6-3, 276, Sr.) gloved it and rumbled 74 yards for the touchdown.

The leading tacklers for the Pokes on the evening were linebackers Sean Claffey (6-3, 227, Jr.) and Weston Johnson (6-3, 221, RFr.) with five total tackles each. Claffey also had a sack for a minus five yards. Senior safeties John Wendling (6-1, 222, Sr.) and Dorsey Golston (6-0, 194, Sr.) each posted three tackles and a pass breakup. Senior nose guard Jake Mayes (6-3, 292, Sr.) also contributed three tackles, including a tackle for a loss. The two interceptions belonged to Marcell Gipson (5-10, 175, Fr.) and John Fletcher (6-6, 245, RFr.). The other two fumble recoveries were credited to Adam Diehl (6-3, 219, Sr.) and Rob Hollway (6-4, 276, So.).

The Cowboys escaped the scrimmage without a major injury.

Glenn said Wyoming would resume practice on Thursday continuing to concentrate on Utah State's offenses and defenses.