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Wyoming defense records 4 sacks, 2 interceptions during the Cowboys' first spring scrimmage


LARAMIE, Wyoming — Wyoming's offense gained 226 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns, while the defense recorded four sacks and two interceptions during the Cowboys' first spring scrimmage Saturday.

"I thought our effort was really good out there today," coach Craig Bohl said. "A couple things that were noticeable were really good pressure by our defensive line. I thought we made some strides there. We had several sacks, and we had a couple picks, so that was encouraging. We'll look at the tape, but I'm going to attribute that to good, aggressive defensive play as opposed to some mistakes (on offense)."

Bohl said he thought Brian Hill ran the ball well.

"He showed that he's right back into mid-season form," he said.

Hill had five carries for 15 yards.

Sophomore Joshua Tapscott led all running backs with 65 yards on 13 carries.

Redshirt freshman Nico Evans added 51 yards on nine carries, and senior Shaun Wick averaged 5.7 yards per carry, rushing for 40 yards on seven carries.

Redshirt senior quarterback Cameron Coffman completed 7 of 16 passes for 66 yards and one TD — a pass to junior tight end Jacob Hollister.

Bohl described the play of his four quarterbacks competing for the starting job as "a mixed bag."

"I thought Cam (Coffman) did some good things today, but there are a couple things I think he can improve on," he said. "... I thought he operated the offense fairly well. The other guys — every day is kind of a new day with some of them performing well."

Bohl noted more speed and athleticism from the linebackers and secondary on defense.

"If you look at long runs or big plays by the offense, those were not there today, and that can be attributed to guys getting lined up properly and then pursuing to the ball well and gang tackling well," he said.

Wyoming's defense held the offense to only two plays over 20 yards on the day.

Leading the way for the Cowboy defense was junior linebacker Lucas Wacha, who had nine tackles.

Redshirt freshman safety Chavez Pownell Jr. was credited with six tackles, and senior linebacker Devin McKenna had five tackles.

Four different Cowboy defensive linemen registered sacks on the day.

There were no major injuries during the 90-play scrimmage.

The Cowboys are now at the midpoint of spring practice, having completed seven practices.

The annual spring game will be held April 25 at 2 p.m.

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