UW scrimmage thoughts

It’s hard for me to compare Wyoming’s third and final scrimmage of fall camp from the first two because I didn’t see the first two.

But from what I saw Wednesday morning, the offense had its best scrimmage, at least the No. 1 offense did.

I thought sophomore quarterback Brett Smith was sharp, and he was in the second scrimmage as well. He ran and threw the ball well. He finished 9 of 13 for 79 yards and a touchdown — a 14-yarder to senior Chris McNeill. He led the team with 66 yards on 10 carries, including a long of 44 yards.

UW will go as far as Smith can take them. Would like to see more production from other offensive players, but for now, Smith is still the guy.

It was nice to see McNeill back. He was held out of the first two scrimmages for health reasons, but has practiced in camp. Smith seems more comfortable with him in there. For more on that, see Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.

I really liked what I saw from true freshman running back Shaun Wick. He led the running backs with 59 yards on four carries, including a long of 39 yards. He runs hard and has a good burst. Didn’t see him get to the edge, but I like his body of work. Fans will see a lot of him this fall.

Nothing stood out defensively. Nothing was necessarily bad, but not that spectacular, either. Redshirt freshman Eddie Yarbrough had a sack. Senior safety Luke Ruff had four tackles and sophomore safety Mark Nzeocha had an interception in the end zone when the defense worked on defending long passes into the end zone as time expired on the clock.

A lot of people have asked me how the two true freshmen receivers are doing in Trent Sewell and Nico Brown. Both are still learning. Neither one caught a pass in the final scrimmage and ran mostly with the third-stringers. Doesn’t mean they won’t play, but for some it takes time. But JC transfers Jalen Claiborne and Justin Berger could help sooner than later. Both were late signees this summer.

Stuart Willilams still has an edge in the kicking game, but Daniel Sullivan is getting better. Williams was 5 of 7 on field goals, Sullivan was 4 of 7. Williams had a long of 48. All of Sullivan’s misses were between 40 and 48 yards.

Coach Dave Christensen said he will release the depth chart for next week’s Texas game on Monday. See my story in Thursday’s WTE and Boomerang for what he had to say about the decisions that will have to be made. Also see Sunday’s papers for my mock depth chart, and for our special UW football section. I think you all will really like it.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the live chat for the scrimmage. Was great to hear from you and the participation was great. Will do another one next Wednesday.


4 thoughts on “UW scrimmage thoughts

  1. RG:

    After Fall camp (I know you have seen a few), how is your level of excitment as compared to past years for the up coming season.

    Just from what I have been reading my level is high (Of course it is every year about this time).

    Some of you whom have seen the start of many seasons can add your two cents.

    • I’m excited for this season. Like the skill and depth on this team. Really like the make up of this team.


    • I’m not sure how balanced UW will be against that Texas defense, which was one of the best in the nation last season and returns a lot. I think the RBs will be OK, but I expect Smith to run the most — whether it be by design or not.


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