The Wyoming Cowboys took the field Saturday for a morning scrimmage that was closed to the public. The scrimmage was the first major one of the Fall camp and the coaching staff came away pleased after seeing many positives.
No official statistics were kept, but some reported numbers showed redshirt senior quarterback Cameron Coffman was 6 of 9 for 76 yards passing. Sophomore backup Josh Allen was 5 of 6 for 52 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown pass to redshirt freshman tight end Tyree Mayfield (who also had a nice 37 yard reception) and a 6-yard scoring pass to true freshman tight end Josh Harshman. Harshman had just recently moved over to tight end from linebacker.
Coffman and Allen were the only quarterbacks that saw action during the scrimmage and neither had a turnover on the day. The play of the two quarterbacks definitely caught the attention of head coach Craig Bohl.
"I was really pleased with (Coffman)," Bohl said. "He threw the ball well. Of all the things, I walked away saying we have a good quarterback. I thought (Coffman) and (Allen) both made some good throws."
The Cowboys quarterback situation is pretty much night and day compared to last season. The confidence in the two quarterbacks are high entering the season.
Entering the season the Cowboys were quite excited and confident about their running back situation led by senior Shaun Wick and sophomore Brian Hill but still wanted to find a third string back for depth. True freshman Kellen Overstreet looks to be in strong position to grab a hold of that third spot after a good showing during the scrimmage where he had 10 carries for 46 yards and a touchdown. He and fellow true freshman Milo Hall got most of the carries during the morning.
Not all was rosey during the scrimmage as Bohl said he wasn’t happy about a lot of procedure and off-side penalties early in the scrimmage. He also said the kicking game was a "mixed bag," with too many mistakes and inconsistencies.
Bohl said redshirt freshman tight end Grant Lewis and junior defensive end Trevor Meader both went down with knee injuries. Bohl didn’t know the severity of the two injuries, but said he’s doubtful they will be ready for the season-opener against North Dakota (Sept. 5th).