It’s not a real game, but it’s the next closest thing for Wyoming as it hosts its first and only major scrimmage of fall camp at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Major may not be a good work as coach Craig Bohl said it will consist of around 42 plays. “That’s an indication that we’ve had a pretty aggressive camp,” he said. “We will get some work to some of the guys we think need work. We will hold some guys out. I’ve looked at the number of guys we need to take a look at, and I also want to make sure we go into our first game healthy.”
The scrimmage is closed to the public and media, but here’s what Bohl said after Friday morning’s practice about it, and a few other things.
Redshirt senior starting quarterback Cameron Coffman feels like the scrimmage is important for him. Coffman has not played in a real game since 2013. The last time in a scrimmage-situation was in April in UW’s spring game.
“It’s as close of a look at a real game before our first one,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to go out, compete and act like it’s a real game.
“It’s definitely a whole lot easier going through this offense for the second time. I feel more comfortable with everybody. I know the plays, the playbook and the reads. I’ve gotten better at it, but need to continue to get better.”
As for what he wants to accomplish in Saturday’s scrimmage, Coffman added: “Compete and do well as an offense. Move the ball down the field, get first downs and get in the end zone.”
A few other practice notes:
–UW started its morning practice (it also practiced Friday afternoon) with an 11-on-11 blitz period. The defense got the best of the offense on this day, but Coffman threw a nice deep pass to junior receiver Tanner Gentry. That catch is on this highlight package.
–If you watched the interview with Bohl on video, you heard him say UW will rest sophomore running back Brian Hill (hamstring) for Saturday’s scrimmage, but that is more precautionary than a serious injury. Also, senior running back Shaun Wick (concussion) remains out. Sophomore running back Josh Tapscott (illness) and redshirt freshman running back Nico Evans (hamstring) didn’t practice Friday. That will give a pair of true freshmen some valuable work today in Kellen Overstreet and Milo Hall.
–Bohl said Friday that Evans will be suspended for UW’s first two games for a violation of team rules, and that redshirt freshman walk-on free safety Adam Pilapil will miss the first game for the same reason. Bohl didn’t elaborate on what these two did. For more on Pilapil and UW’s safeties, see Saturday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.
–Bohl said 10 players suffered concussions in the first week of camp, compared to nine all of last season. He is optimistic that a lot of players are coming back, however. Another player with concussion-like symptoms who wont’ play to day is junior defensive end Tavita Faaiu. Junior linebacker Lucas Wacha (hamstring) has returned to practice, but he won’t play in the scrimmage, either.
–Bohl on finding a kicker and guy to handle kickoffs: “That right now is a mixed bag. Inconsistent would be the best term. We have some guys with good ability. They can strike the ball, but we need more consistency.”
–Bohl said junior middle linebacker Eric Nzeocha is one of the most improved players on the team since he made the move this spring from tight end.
–A scout from the Carolina Panthers was at practice.
–Saturday’s scrimmage is closed to the public and media, but be sure to check out the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net for coverage. Also, A week from Sunday is when WyoSports’ 2015 UW football preview section comes out. Be sure to grab a copy then. Here is a preview of the cover.