What are you most interested in when Wyoming holds its second scrimmage of fall camp Friday morning?
For me, and like for most, I’m interested to see if true freshman quarterback Brett Smith can follow-up on his stellar play from Tuesday’s first scrimmage when he was 24 of 28 for 323 yards and three touchdowns. Smith will run with the No. 1 offense the entire scrimmage, like he did Tuesday. He also will get two chances to go against the No. 1 defense. Once with the offense at its own 25-yard line, and the other at the defense’s 20. If Smith has another big day, he takes another huge step in being the starter Sept. 3.
Due to injuries/illness to DT Patrick Mertens and LB Oliver Schober — both projected starters — UW will see how junior linebacker Korey Jones does as a rush end (even if he’s standing up) and how Gabe Knapton does as an interior lineman as opposed to a defensive end. Even though UW is a 4-3 defense, I saw 3-4 looks in Tuesday’s scrimmage. I expect this defense will give teams various looks depending on the opponent, as well as the down and distance. I would like to see Knapton stay as and end have guys like juniors Ben Durbin, Mike Purcell, Kurt Taufa; asau and redshirt freshman Riley Lange can come along as defensive tackles. Sounds like UW will not move senior outside linebacker Brian Hendricks, who will miss his second straight scrimmage with an injury, inside where he’s played most of his career. I think that would be a good move, but then again, I’m not a coach.
I want to see true freshman kicker Daniel Sullivan kick. He missed Tuesday’s scrimmage with an injury, but is expected to kick Friday. UW needs a consistent kicker, and also one who has a big leg on kickoffs. Sullivan, in my opinion, needs to be that guy.
In Christensen’s first two seasons, he wasn’t afraid to experiment along the offensive line with different guys at different positions. I didn’t see that in Tuesday’s scrimmage, at least not among the starters. UW stuck with junior Kyle Magnuson and John Hutchins at tackle, senior Brandon Self and sophomore Tyler Strong at guard and junior Nick Carlson at center. If we see a lot of the same Friday, it says to me the coaches were pleased with that this unit did Tuesday and thus far in fall camp.
See my story in Friday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle www.wyomingnews.com and Laramie Boomerang www.laramieboomerang.com on how Spencer Bruce has gotten off to a good start in fall camp, and more about the scrimmage.
I hope you will join me for the live chat during Friday’s scrimmage. Get your questions and comments ready, it should be fun. Here is the link http://wyomingcowboysblog.com/2011/08/10/live-blog-cowboys-2nd-scrimmage-friday-august-12th-at-9am/