A look at the numbers from Wyoming spring football

Wyoming concluded spring football Saturday with its annual spring game. The Gold squad beat the Brown 3-0. The way the teams were divided, it was the backups that did all the scoring. UW’s No. 1 defense got the best of the No. 1 offense.

Kind of tough to read too much into the results from the spring game, although it does appear UW’s defense will be better. It needs to be after allowing 34 points and 453 yards per game last season.

Here is coach Craig Bohl after the game:

Below are the combined stats from UW’s two scrimmages and spring game. Again, not sure what exactly you can sum up from this, but thought it would be worth looking at.

OFFENSE

Rushing

Overstreet 31-133 1TD, Evans 25-115, Hall 22-113 1TD, Gardner 16-62. Summary: From what Bohl said, junior Nico Evans and sophomore Milo Hall are ahead of redshirt sophomore Kellen Overstreet heading into fall camp. But look for this battle to continue into fall camp.

Passing

Allen 32-64 395 5TD, 0INT, Smith 22-35 237 1TD, 0INT, Szpor 5-10 22, Carr 4-8 22. Summary: Junior starting quarterback Josh Allen said he wanted to improve his completion percentage, which was 56 percent last season. However, UW’s defense threw some new things at him this spring, which should help him once the season arrives. He eluded to this after the spring game:

Receiving

Johnson 12-169 1TD, Price 8-102 3TD, *Harshman 6-62, *Mayfield 6-38, Dumas 4-43 1TD. Summary: Sophomore wide receiver Austin Conway caught only one pass in the two scrimmages and spring games, and didn’t play in the spring game for disciplinary reasons. But throw in Conway, and possibly sophomore John Okwoli and junior tight end Austin Fort and there you have UW’s top pass-catches this season.

*Tight ends

DEFENSE

Tackles

Halliburton 15 (12 solo), Boyd 14 (8 solo), Wisdorf 12 (8 solo), Pilapil 12 (5 solo), Ghaifan 9 (5 solo). Summary: What this tells me is the top tackles, other than sophomore defensive tackle Youhanna Ghaifan, are projected backups going into the season. Perhaps some depth at safety and linebacker is developing.

Tackles for loss

Malauulu 4, Crall 3.5. Gilliland 2, Windsor. Summary: Two interior defensive linemen and two defensive ends here. Good signs for UW’s defense.

Pass break ups

Hall 4. Sophomore cornerback Tyler Hall had one of the best springs among any UW player. Would be surprised if he’s not a starter if he keeps this up during fall camp.

Here is a link to my analysis piece that ran in Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and online at wyosports.net. There is free access to this article, so click on it for more of my thoughts from spring football.

http://www.wyosports.net/university_of_wyoming/football/analysis-uw-s-defensive-improvement-is-the-biggest-storyline-of/article_1f357a74-27e3-11e7-8191-5b15a16c9fc6.html

One of the cool things UW did prior to the spring game was have an alumni touch football game. Some of the more notable former players that returned were: Casey Bramlet, Mike Purcell, Randy Welniak, J.J. Raterink, Andrew Meredith, Nick Carlson and Corey Talich. Here is some video highlights from the game. I hope this becomes a regular part of UW spring football.