Cowboys’ defense still swimming

The Wyoming football team did some scrimmaging Wednesday in its fourth practice of spring drills at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.

But first-year defensive coordinator and secondary coach Chris Tormey said his guys best describe what you do in another sport.

“We’re still swimming,” he said. “(Monday) was a nightmare. We had a hard time geting lined up The offense put some new routes in and we didn’t defend them very well. It’s up and down. Monday was a down day. Wednesday was an up day. (The coaches) have to be our own worst critics Thrursday watching film and try to come back Friday and be up again.

“I thought our effort was pretty good for the first scrimmage. We did a decent job of getting lined up. But there’s a lot of room for improvement. I saw a lot of receivers open out there, and the next scrimmage the offense will take advantge of that. We’re no where near where we want to be.”

UW scrimmaged for about 60 plays. Media were not allowed to watch but coach Dave Christensen said the defense “dominated” the offense. Christensen liked the way the defense pressured the quarterback and forced some turnovers. He didn’t like the offensive penalties, breakdowns and turnovers.

Both No. 1 units went against each other. Junior quarterback Colby Kirkegaard ran the No. 1 offense and took some snaps with the twos. No snaps for sophomore starter Brett Smith, which was expected coming off offseason surgery.

Christensen said there will be more scrimmaging during Friday’s practice.

Former defensive standouts Brian Hendricks and Gabe Knapton sat in the stands as the team practiced. This was the first time in four years those two haven’t been involved in spring drills. I asked Hendricks if he missed spring ball and he quickly said: “No way.”

For more on UW spring football, see Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.