3 things to watch for UW’s first spring scrimmage Saturday

Wyoming first scrimmage of spring drills is at 11 a.m. Saturday. Unfortunately, it is closed to the public and media so getting a good perspective from it will be based off the statistics afterwards,and what the coaches and players say.

But when those stats come out, here are three things you should look for.

Cameron Coffman

Cameron Coffman

1. Quarterback reps: Earlier this week offensive coordinator Brent Vigen said senior Cameron Coffman is the front-runner to be the starter. Not a surprise there. Not only will it be interesting to see his stats, but how many reps/throws will the other four quarterbacks get? One would think the best of the other four quarterbacks will remain in the mix to compete with Coffman and solidifying their names on the depth chart moving forward. But if we see most quarterbacks get, for instance, 20 throws and one or two get five, one would assume they lower down in the pecking order right now.

2. Line play: If UW runs for a ton of yards, is that a good sign for the offensive line? Or, if the defense generates a bunch of sacks, tackles for loss and turnovers, is that a good sign for the defense in general? It will be interesting to see how this plays out, and in particular, how the Cowboys’ front seven on defense does production-wise. A lot of this will depend on how much UW goes 1 vs. 1 in terms of its offensive and defensive squads. But there isn’t a lot of depth along both the offensive and defensive lines so there may be a lot more 1 vs. 1 Saturday.

Tanner Simpson

Tanner Simpson

3. Who catches passes: We know that juniors Tanner Gentry and Jake Maulhardt will be counted on to lead the Cowboys’ wide receivers this season — on and off the field. Who else emerges from this scrimmage. Today could be big for junior Tanner Simpson and true freshman Joe Parker. UW isn’t deep at wide receiver right now, so do we see more tight ends involved in the passing game? UW’s leading tight end from last season — Jacob Hollister, a junior this season — caught 17 passes for 244 yards. UW is high on Hollister and redshirt freshmen Tyree Mayfield and Grant Lewis. Will we see them more involved in the passing game? This scrimmage could shed some light on that.

What do you think, folks? What are some of the things you’re most interested in from Saturday’s scrimmage?

For more UW spring football coverage, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang and log on to wyosports.net.

2 thoughts on “3 things to watch for UW’s first spring scrimmage Saturday

  1. I truly don’t think that, as fans, we learn much until mid August. Now that Bohl and company have experienced, first hand, MW – they will get a sense of how effective the new QB and line will be in this first scrimage but it is only a sense. Most important is who will be the back up QB’s That shouldn’t be decided until late August.

  2. I’m excited for a lot of things. QB battle behind Coffman? Can Parker add a spark with his 4.37 speed at WR and in the return game? I know Hollister is leading the pack but excited to see Mayfeild. How will the o-line/D-line play? How will this revamped, young D play? Excited to see Jennings, Winters, Pownell play.

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