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Pokes improve on passing game

Apr 14, 2014 - The Associated Press

LARAMIE -- Saturday's second Spring scrimmage for the Wyoming Cowboys saw a much sharper Cowboy team on both sides of the ball, with the offense displaying an improved passing game and the defense continuing to show that it has the ability to pressure the quarterback. Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl shared his thoughts with media after the one and one-half hour scrimmage concluded at 1 p.m.

"I thought it was a really good effort today," said Bohl. "We made progress from the first scrimmage to the second one. Certainly there were areas of improvement and much more aggressive play. I thought by and large we were very disciplined with few penalties. During the course of a spring when you're adding all these new offensives sets and formations and movements -- that is good discipline by our football team.

"There were big plays offensively, which is exciting to see. On the flip side as a defensive coach, you get a little concerned about those things, but you're never going to have everything perfect.

"I thought our defensive line played well, particularly Patrick Mertens had a strong presence on our defensive front. Blair Burns did some great things at the corner position -- not only on coverage but also I thought he had some real crisp tackles.

"We're in the middle of a competitive quarterback competition. Coach (Brent) Vigen and I will spend a great deal of time going through our tape and staging our depth chart. I would think that we are still going to be evaluating that (the quarterback competition) during the course of Spring, but there were some good things offensively.

"D.J. (May) did a great job running the football. I would like him to get a little bit better at putting his foot in the ground and going north and south, but he did make a couple guys miss today.

"Overall, good progress today but still more room to improve."

Bohl was asked if anything stood out to him today in regard to the quarterback competition.

"Today we did not have them (the quarterbacks) in blue jerseys," said Bohl. "They were all exposed to tackling. I feel like it is important for us to recognize what it feels like to take a sack. Also from a defensive perspective, it's important to make sure you've got your rush lanes taken care of. I thought our guys utilized their feet well.

"The ball was on the ground a little bit too much today. We exposed them (the quarterbacks) to some risk of injury today, but we've got to have a clear evaluation. Each guy did some things well. I'd like to take a look at the tape before I make a broad-based comment on them (the quarterbacks).

"I thought today we did make significant improvement. I think they (quarterbacks) are gaining more confidence in understanding our system."

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