What to take from Wyoming’s first scrimmage of spring drills

Normally after Wyoming football or basketball games I will post my three takes or other observations.

Since the Cowboys’ first scrimmage of spring drills was closed to the public and media Saturday, it’s hard to do that, but I can offer you some stats, quotes and a couple of opinions based off those items.

First, here’s coach Craig Bohl after the scrimmage:

The offense ran for 226 yards — averaged 4.6 yards per carry — and the passing game was 13 of 38 for 136 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.

Bohl said he liked how sophomore running back Brian Hill ran the ball, but he had only five carries for 15 yards. Sophomore Josh Tapscott and redshirt freshman Nico Evans led the Cowboys with 65 and 51 yards, respectively. I would think UW has a good idea of what Hill and senior Shaun Wick can do at running back (Wick had 40 yards on seven carries and lost a fumble).

Cameron Coffman

Cameron Coffman

As for the quarterbacks, senior Cameron Coffman had the best day going 7 of 16 for 66 yards and a touchdown. The other four were a combined 6 of 22 for 70 yards with two interceptions.

“I think there was some good and some bad,”offensive coordinator Brent Vigen said of the offense and his five quarterbacks. “Each guy made some things happen, and probably did some things I’ll scratch my head at. We turned the ball over three times. Our command (of the offense) continues to come along. We need to look at the film. You always seem to remember bad things and not always remember the good things. We’ve got to get to the point where there is more good than bad.”

For more of Coffman and UW’s quarterback situation, see my column in Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and at wyosports.net. But in the meantime, here is Coffman after the scrimmage.


Bohl liked the pressure from UW’s defensive line in the scrimmage. All of its five tackles for loss and four quarterback sacks came from backups along the defensive line. That could be a good sign that some depth is forming there.

As for the offensive line, senior Troy Boyland, who moved from defensive tackle this spring, has been getting a lot of reps with the No. 1 unit at right guard. Offensive line coach Scott Fuchs has been encouraged with Boyland’s progress, although he has a long way to go. More on Boyland soon.

Steve Stanard

Steve Stanard

As for the defense, coordinator Steve Stanard wanted to look at the film more before making any evaluations on specific players.

“I thought our front did a nice job on the pass rush,” Stanard said. “Back-end wise, it’s always interesting to see tackling. There’ always room for improvement. We need to keep working on being more physical up front in the run game. We can rush the passer, but we have to become more dominating up front in the run game.

“We need to learn to become a more physical tackling group. Our angles were good, which is encouraging, but we need to bring our feet to the angle and not allow as many yards after contact.”

Chavez Pownell Jr.

Chavez Pownell Jr.

Stanard said redshirt freshman safety Chavez Pownell Jr. is doing a good job this spring, as is redshirt freshman walk-on safety Adam Pilapil. Those two combined for nine tackles in the scrimmage.

It was encouraging to see sophomore cornerback Ryon’e Winters have a team-best three pass break-ups, and junior middle linebacker Lucas Wacha lead the team with nine tackles, including six solo stops.

Here is the complete stats from the scrimmage. There were stats kept for field goals or extra points.

OFFENSE

Rushing: RB Joshua Tapscott 13-65; RB Nico Evans 9-51; RB Shaun Wick 7-40; QB Austin Fort 3-38, 1TD; RB Brian Hill 5-15; QB Aaron Young 1-14; WR Tanner Gentry 1-8, 1TD; QB Cameron Coffman 1-6; QB Josh Allen 5-5; QB Nick Smith 4-(-16). Totals: 49-226, 2TDs.

Passing: QB Cameron Coffman 16-7-0 66, 1TD; QB Josh Allen 7-2-1 37; QB Austin Fort 6-2-0 23; QB Nick Smith 5-2-1 10; QB Aaron Young 4-0-0. Totals: 38-13-2 136, 1TD.

Receiving: WR Jake Maulhardt 6-83; TE Jacob Hollister 3-29, 1TD; FB Jordan Ellis 2-6; TE Grant Lewis 1-12; WR Tanner Gentry 1-6. Totals: 13-136, 1TD.

DEFENSE

Tackles: LB Lucas Wacha 9; S Chavez Pownell 6; LB Devin McKenna 5; S Marcus Epps 4; LB Will Tutein 4; LB Eric Nzeocha 4; DT Jacob English 4; DB Adam Pilapil 3; CB Ryon’e Winters 3; DE Trevor Meader 3; DT Connor Cain 2; CB Anthony Makransky 2; DL Shawn Berry 2; S Chad Reese 2; DE Eddie Yarbrough 2; 8 other players with 1 tackle. Totals: 63 (45 solo, 18 assists).

Sacks: DT Dalton Fields 1-8; DT Connor Cain 1-8; DT Jacob English 1-7; DE Trevor Meader 1-6. Totals: 4-29.

Tackles for loss: DE Trevor Meader 2-14; DT Dalton Fields 1-8; DT Connor Cain 1-8; DT Jacob English 1-7. Totals: 5-37.

Interceptions: CB C.J. Jennings 1-30; DB Fred Jones 1-27. Totals: 2-57.

Punting: P Ethan Wood 19-876, 46.1 (long 67). Totals: 19-876, 46.1.

Any opinions, questions or concerns based off this first scrimmage. Let me know what you think.