Normally after Wyoming games I like to post some of my thoughts. Well, it’s kind of hard to post any thoughts from the Cowboys’ 41-play scrimmage Saturday since it was closed to the public and media.
So, I will let second-year coach Craig Bohl tell you what he saw:
No official stats were kept, but I can report that redshirt senior starting quarterback Cameron Coffman was 6 of 9 for 76 yards, and sophomore backup Josh Allen was 5 of 6 for 52 yards and two touchdowns. Allen threw a 20-yard touchdown to redshirt freshman tight end Tyree Mayfield, and a 6-yarder to true freshman tight end Josh Harshman of Casper.
Coffman hit Mayfield for a 23-yard pass that set up a 3-yard touchdown run by true freshman running back Kellen Overstreet, who finished with 10 carries for 46 yards.
Mayfield also blocked a punt, and he said he expects to not only play a lot this season at tight end but also on several of UW’s special teams.
Here’s what offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Brent Vigen said after the scrimmage: “Cam continues to be steady,and also is making plays. He handled himself well. Josh continues to progress. We’re excited to get Cam in a game.”
Vigen also said Coffman remains the starter by a wide margin, followed by Allen and redshirt freshman Nick Smith.
Bohl and Vigen were not happy with the false start and procedure penalties they saw. Neither was sophomore center Charlie Renfree.
“I would say it was kind of a sloppy day,” he said. It was the first time doing anything live so that’s normal, but we have a lot things to clean up. As an offensive line we need to be more disciplined. We had five jumps today, which is uncalled for.”
See Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net, for my column on the offensive line. What’s it about? I can’t give away all my secrets.
Bohl singled out true freshman wide receiver Dameko Doddles in the scrimamge. Vigen said he wants to have six wide receivers ready to play this season, and two who are include returnees in juniors Tanner Gentry and Jake Maulhardt. UW has five true freshmen wide receivers, so you do the math on how many could play this season.
I talked to true freshman receiver James Price after the scrimmage, who has had a good fall camp. At 6-2, 208 pounds, he looks the part and also doesn’t lack confidence. He said that Gentry and Maulhardt has given the five freshmen receivers the nickname “WWA” — Wide receivers with attitude.” More on UW’s WWA group next week.
There wasn’t much that came from the defense. Bohl liked the play of true freshman cornerback Antonio Hull, and it seems like he has a leg up over Davion Freeman right now in terms of true freshmen corners who could play this season. Hull is 5-10, 188 pounds and Freeman is 5-9,m 156.
I asked Hull to give himself a grade from the scrimmage and he said a B. He gave himself an A- for effort and a B+ for execution.
A lot of main players sat out the scrimmage with minor injuries or for precautionary reasons — guys such as sophomore running back Brian Hill and senior defensive end Eddie Yarbrough. Senior running back Shaun Wick (concussion) also didn’t play.
Two potentially serious knee injuries occurred in the scrimmage to redshirt freshman tight end Grant Lewis and junior defensive end Trevor Meader. Bohl didn’t know the extent of those injuries, but he wasn’t optimistic they will be short-term.
UW has only three tight ends on scholarship if you take Lewis out of the mix. The defensive end depth continues to take a hit with Meader and the loss of sophomore Seth Edeen earlier in the week after he retired from football due to health concerns from having only one kidney.
Bohl said the Cowboys make take a look at true freshman defensive end Carl Granderson more as camp continues. Granderson is listed at 6-foot-5, 200 pounds and put on 15 pounds this summer at UW.
“He’s tall and angular, which is a nice way of saying he skinny,” Bohl said. “For what he has, he plays really strong and plays hard.”
A week from Sunday is when WyoSports’ 2015 UW football preview section comes out. Sixty pages of good stuff. Be sure to pick up a copy of the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang. Here is what the cover looks like.