Aug. 25, 1999
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
It was decision day for Dana Dimel and his Wyoming Cowboy team Wednesday.
With a final 40-play scrimmage of fall camp, Dimel and his coaching staff completed making their decisions on the two deep in preparation for the Sept. 4, opener at Tennessee.
In the final scrimmage of fall camp Wednesday, Dimel got a chance to see how his first units offensively and defensively would do against each other.
Dimel utilized the entire 40-play scrimmage in War Memorial Stadium to evaluate his starting units while going against each other. The scrimmage included seven ?over-the-field? series. The offense scored on the first one of the day, and did not score again after that.
?Maybe one of the best things about today was we got some things done without getting anyone injured,? Dimel said.
It was the third scrimmage for the Cowboys in the past six days. The heaviest, most physical portion of small camp was completed Wednesday. The Cowboys will now concentrate on fundamentals and polish in preparation for that Tennesse game. According to Dimel the Cowboys will receive their full scouting report on Tennesse during a two-hour meeting on Thursday, then practice for two hours and 15 minutes following that practice.. Then on Friday, they will have a two-hour scouting report and a two-hour-and-15 minute practice. Saturday will be a ?walk-through?, Sunday is a day off, school and the regular practice schedule begins on Monday.
?It's time for us to make some final decision on our two-deep,? Dimel said following the scrimmage. ?Most of our two-deep is set, but we used this last scrimmage to make some decisions on a couple of areas, the secondary, and the offensive line.?
Dimel said the focus was at cornerback on defense, and at left tackle on offense. That left tackle slot has been a problem to evaluate due to injuries there.
Dimel was pleased with the scrimmage primarily because of lack of injury. ?I really liked that first scoring drive by the offense,? Dimel said. The Cowboys moved 80 yards in six plays capped by a 64-yard pass play from quarterback Jay Stoner and receiver Kofi Shuck.?But as with any scrimmage, I was pleased with the big play, but not happy that our defense gave up the big play,? Dimel continued. ?After that first drive the defense did not give up a big play. That was a positive.?
The entire hour-and-a-half scrimmage involved the number one units offensively and defensively. The offense had seven series, scoring on the first one only. But that was a beauty. Stoner found Shuck open on the sideline, and hit him in stride for the 64-yarder.For the scrimmage, Stoner was 5-9 for 109 yards and the touchdown. The only receivers to catch passes were Wendell Montgomery (1-13), running back Arlen Smith (1-9), and receiver Cliff Brye (2-23).
On the ground, Tim Beasley carried four times for 35 yards, including a 20-yarder and Smith gained 26 yards in five carries.
Dimel did get a good look at the kicking game. The Cowboys kicked off and punted during the scrimmage. Aaron Elling kicked off five times, three were returned and two were kicked out of the end zone. The best return was produced by Brahms Derenoncourt of 28 yards. Tom Waring punted six times for a 47.8 yard average including punts of 61, 55 and 52 yards. Jon Jennings was the punt returner. His best was 11 yards.
?I thought our kicking game was impressive,? Dimel said. ?Our kick offs and kick coverage looked good as did our punt teams. We had one bad snap on a punt, but other than that, I was pleased.?
Dimel said he is most concerned right now with protecting the quarterback. ?We have to bring our offensive line along,? he said. ?It is not where it should be right now. Part of that is because of some key injuries. But that is our top priority right now.?