Scrimmage No. 2 thoughts

Overall I liked what I saw from the Cowboys in their second scrimmage of spring drills Saturday morning at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.

The offense beat the defense 61-25.

There was a lot of ones vs. ones  in terms of offense against defense.

The No. 1 offense didn’t score a touchdown against the No. 1 defense, but it did get four field goals and missed one. Sophomore quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels told me the offense was given eight plays, no matter what, on each series it had and if it didn’t score at TD after eight plays then there would be a punt or field-goal attempt.

“We’re right were we want to be,” Carta-Samuels said after the scimmage in terms of where the No. 1 offense is at this point of spring drills. “There’s always work to be done and always room to improve. We’re playing consistent.”

Carta-Samuels finished 14 of 20 for 122 yards.

The No. 2 offense scored three touchdowns and a field goal, highlighted by a 63-yard touchdown run by redshirt freshman walk-on Andrew Meredith of Green River. Meredith moved to running back this week because of a lack of depth. For more on Meredith, see Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, or go to or

“I liked the intensity and speed, and our physicalness has improved,” coach Dave Christensen said after the scrimmage.

“We’re trying to find out which guys at this point and time are in a position to help us win and comepte at the highest level. Then find out which guys are close and come up with a plan to get those guys to the point where they can help us.”

Some other thoughts from the scrimmage:

  • Including extra points, field goals and punts there were 79 plays.
  • There were no turnovers.
  • There were only four penalties — three of the defense and one on the offense. Christensen was upset on a penalty on the defense were he saw a player take a swing at another. He called and marched off the penalty himself.
  • Senior receiver David Leonard was Carta-Samuels’ favorite receiver with eight catches for 77 yards. The rest of the team had 15 catches.
  • Sophomore kicker Ian Watts was 5 of 6 on field goals. His only miss was from 49 yards, which was short. His long was 46.
  • The defense recorded three sacks and seven tackles for loss.
  • UW’s two new defensive ends — juniors Josh Biezuns and Gabe Knapton — both had a quarerback sack. Biezuns also added another tackle for loss and forced a fumble.
  • Junior inside linebacker Brian Hendricks and redshirt freshman linebacker Devyn Harris led the defense with seven tackles apiece. Throw in sophomore outside linebacker Ghaali Muhammad and UW’s starting linebackers combined for 18 tackles.

UW practices three times next week on Tuesday and Thursday, and then capped by the spring game at 2 p.m. Saturday.

“We need to continue to impove mentally,” Carta-Samuels said. “We need to keep morale high. the last week of spring eveybody is tired. it’s time to gut-check and get going for that last week.”

Thanks for everyone who joined me for the live blog this morning. Great conversation and participation. Weather permitting I will live blog the spring game Saturday.