Cowboys Take the Field for 1st Fall Scrimmage

Wyoming held its first fall scrimmage yesterday, and Cowboys fans got a glimpse of what this year's team may show a whole lot more of during the regular season.

Wednesday's scrimmage could well have been renamed the "Devin Moore Show."

The speedy junior broke a 62-yard touchdown run on the first possession of the Cowboys' opening 2007 fall scrimmage. Moore ran the ball six more times on the day, netting 93 yards total. He also caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Karsten Sween in the red-zone portion of the scrimmage.

"It's obvious Devin Moore is on a different planet," Wyoming head coach Joe Glenn said. "The guy is lightning."

Sween had a solid day as well, throwing for 166 yards, three touchdowns and one interception on 10-19 passing. He hit senior wide receiver Hoost Marsh on a 39-yard TD strike, connected with Moore from 21 yards out and found senior wideout Michael Ford in the endzone for a five-yard TD pass.

"If you stand behind Karsten in practice everyday, he stands in there with confidence and delivers the ball with some zest," Glenn said. "He anticipates his receivers' moves well, and he can throw it through a keyhold. I've always said he has ‘it,' whatever ‘it' is."

All told, the Cowboys scrimmaged for one and one half hours, running 89 plays from scrimmage.

The Cowboy defense was led by sophomore outside linebacker Weston Johnson and junior free safety Quincy Rogers, who each recorded six total tackles.

Sween's only interception came from senior inside linebacker John Prater, who returned the pick 22 yards. Prater added five tackles and one sack to go with his interception.

"Prater had a real big scrimmage," Glenn said. "We play a lot of different combinations at linebacker, and I still say that's the strength of our team. Weston Johnson is pretty special. He is a young linebacker who can really run. You always know Sean Claffey and Luke Chase are going to play well. They're two experienced seniors. Ward Dobbs didn't play tonight, but he'll play in our final scrimmage next week. Our medical staff just wants to bring him along slow after his off-season shoulder surgery."

Six different Cowboys recorded sacks on the night, led by junior defensive lineman Rob Hollway, who had two sacks for a minus nine yards. The Pokes' defenders picked off two passes, recorded seven sacks and registered 18 tackles for losses of 61 yards.

Glenn was pleased with two of the least experienced units for the Cowboys -- the offensive and defensive lines.

"Our older guys did a good job tonight on both lines," he said. "I think our No. 1 defensive line and No. 1 offense line will be pretty happy after they look at the film of this scrimmage. But we went No. 1 offense against No. 2 defense and vice versa, so the ones should look pretty good-- they're the veteran guys, the experienced guys."

The place-kicking competition between sophomore Jake Scott and senior Billy Vinnedge saw Scott hit field goals of 47 and 23 yards with no misses, while Vinnedge connected on a 51-yard field and missed from 38. Vinnedge converted both of his extra-point attempts, while Scott missed both of his.

"Extra points are like layups -- you shouldn't miss extra points," said Glenn. "But then one of our guys goes out and hits a 47-yard field goal and the other hits a 51-yard field goal. We're not consistent enough right now, but they're both good kickers, and I'm confident they will come along fine."

On the injury front, starting outside linebacker Mike Juergens suffered a sprained left foot in the scrimmage, and Rogers had a slight sprain to his right shoulder. Perhaps the best news regarding injuries came after the scrimmage. Glenn announced that starting senior cornerback Michael Medina, who had suffered an injury to his left foot and ankle in practice this past Sunday, may be back sooner than originally thought. After further tests on Medina's foot, no fracture was found, and team doctors think the injury is a combination of a bone bruise and sprain.

Wyoming's second and final scrimmage of the fall will be on Wednesday, Aug. 22, beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.

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