Defense Dominates Pokes' Final Fall Scrimmage

Aug. 24, 2005


From the opening curtain, Wyoming's defense dominated the final dress rehearsal of fall camp.

That's certainly how Head Coach Joe Glenn saw things. "There was no question the defense dominated," he said following the scrum. "The offense was disappointing. It salvaged a little in the red zone, but we have some work to do. We have to back up and polish on the little things.

Under the lights of Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium, the scrimmage saw the offense run 14 series, seven by the first unit. Of those 14, there were 10 punts and a fumble. There were also nine offensive penalties. The offense finally scored its only touchdown--other than in the red zone--when the number two's put together an 11-play, 50-yard drive with second quarterback Jacob Doss at the helm. Doss tossed a beautiful 37-yard pass to wide receiver C.J. Brewer for the score.

For the night the offense had a total of 12 first downs, six rushing and six passing. Its total offense was 268 yards, 156 through the air, and 112 on the ground.

"Offensively, we did not come out with the eye of the tiger," Glenn said following the scrimmage. "We did not show a lot of heart or spirit. Hopefully this is a wake-up call for us. Hopefully it will tell us that we can't just show up. We have to come out red hot, and ready to go."

The offense did score three touchdowns in the red zone which was a positive note, according to the head coach. "Last year we were kicking field goals in the red zone, so it was good to see us scoring touchdowns. That was certainly the highlight of the scrimmage for the offense."

Redshirt running back Devin Moore scored two of those red zone TD's, one from one yard out and the other from the 11. He finished the evening with eight carries for 34 yards and the two touchdowns.

The other red zone touchdown was a 20-yard receiver pass from junior wide out Tyler Holden to Brewer. Redshirt freshman quarterback Stinson Dean started the play with a lateral to Holden.

Number one quarterback Corey Bramlet finished the night with 8 of 14 through the air for 61 yards and no touchdowns. Doss completed four passes in seven attempts for 58 yards and the touchdown toss to Brewer.

The top quarterback target was Brewer with five receptions for 83 yards and the two touchdowns. Jovon Bouknight was next with three catches for 25 yards. Senior receiver Jason Wallace, who sprained his right ankle during the scrimmage, had two catches for 21 yards.

In addtion to Devin Moore, number one running back Wynel Seldon carried four times for 27 yards, including an 18-yard burst.

There were many stars defensively. The number one defense was led by linebackers Jeff Tatnall and Luke Chase who each produced five tackles. Tatnall also had two sacks for 15 yards. Senior nose tackle Dusty Hoffschneider came up with five tackles and two sacks while his line mates, defensive ends Aaron Robbins and John Flora, each had four tackles and also had two sacks apiece.

On the number two defense, linebacker Ward Dobbs tallied six tackles and two sacks, and redshirt freshman cornerback Julius Stinson had five tackles and one pass breakup. There was one interception in the game, and that was turned in by true freshman T.J. Atwater in the end zone late in the scrimmage.

In the special teams area senior punter Adam Brooks was outstanding. He punted nine times for a 45.1 yard average, including a 64-yarder and three additional over 50. Placekicker Deric Yaussi produced two field goals of 32 and 37 yards.

The scrimmage was not without injury. Offensive right tackle Hunter Richards, injured a groin and will undergo an MRI on Thursday. Receiver Jason Wallace sprained his right ankle, and will be day-to-day.

"The hay is not in the barn," Glenn said. "We have to come out in these practices we have left before Florida with extreme effort to get better. We now officially have everything installed. It's now a matter of pairing down for Florida. Tomorrow our scout team will be Florida."

The Pokes will practice once on Thursday (3:15) p.m.), twice on Friday (9:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.) and once again on Saturday (9 a.m.). They will take Sunday off before beginning game week on Monday with a regular 3:15 p.m. practice.