Five things to watch from UW’s second spring scrimmage

Here are the top five things I will be looking at in today’s second spring scrimmage for the Wyoming football team:

1. Improved offensive play: Despite not having some key players (QB Brett Smith, WR Chris McNeill) the offense struggled in the first scrimmage last week in just about every area. I would like to see improved play across the board, from the line to the quarterbacks, to the run game to the receivers.

2. Continued solid defensive play: The defense played a big role in the offense’s struggles last week, and it seems like the entire unit is getting a decent grasp of new defensive coordinator Chris Tormey’s schemes and philisophies. I would like to see continued progress there.

3. S&M: I’m talking about running backs Kody Sutton and Brandon Miller. Both didn’t do much in the first scrimmage. One spring scrimmage isn’t the end-all of how a season will go. Still, these guys are going to be counted on a lot this fall and I would like to see more from them.

4. Offensive line: I mentioned this in the first thing to watch, but this unit really struggled last week. Spring is a time to experiment and that’s fine. But it would be nice to see some consistency start to form and the entire unit block better.

5. Get rid of the ball: Junior backup quarterback Colby Kirkegaard needs to get rid of the ball faster in passing situations when the protection breaks down. Granted, UW doesn’t allow quarterbacks to get hit in practice so if an arm brushes by any quarterback it’s ruled a sack. Still, Kirkegaard needs to get that automatic timer in his head in sync and be able to dump the ball off or throw it away when pressure comes.

You thoughts or opinions. Not sure if the scrimmage today will be indoors or outdoors. It’s foggy and rainy here in Cheyenne as I write this. Will try to tweet some updates later and if all goes well post some video interviews afterwards. For more coverage on the scrimmage, see Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.