Wyoming Offense Sharp in Scrimmages
Gone are the days when statistics were released from Nebraska's scrimmages, but the practice of making them public hasn't completely vanished from college football. Wyoming scrimmaged its top offense and defense against the second units Thursday and was willing to share some details. Not surprisingly, the first string performed well.
Thankfully, the running game still doesn't appear to be very formidable for Wyoming. Quarterback Brett Smith averaged over 11 rushes a game a year ago, but for just over 2 yards per rush. Back out the sacks and it's more like 5 yards per rush, so he could do some damage with his legs. The Cowboys will feature three new starters on the offensive line, including both tackles and a center. Still, he was very efficient passing the ball in the scrimmage as he was all last year. Wyoming needs a big day from Smith and he's looking sharp entering the season opener.
The top receivers are productive but thankfully not all that big. In fact, a number of the Nebraska defensive backs appear to have height advantage for jump ball situations.
The placekicking appears good for the Cowboys. Anything inside 40 yards is likely to be made (assuming they can block the Huskers long enough) and they might be even money inside 50. The punting may not be quite so good.
The defense was able to stop their second offense but they didn't really slow anyone a year ago. It's fair to say there's going to be a difference between Nebraska's starters on offense and the Wyoming reserves.
All in all, nothing too surprising, which is probably a good thing from NU's perspective.