UVa At Wyoming Preview: UW Offense

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The 2006 campaign for the Wyoming offense was almost a mirror image of the Virginia season. Both teams replaced their starting quarterback’s mid-way through the year and saw steady improvement as the campaign progressed.

The Cowboys are stocked at the skill positions, led by their running backs, wide receiver Michael Ford, quarterback Karsten Sween, and H-back Wade Betschart. The biggest question for coordinator Bill Cockhill is a young offensive line that has combined for 31 starts and 37 games played.

For the second straight year, Wyoming returns its top two running backs and 2007 promises to be the duo’s most productive season to date. In 2006, sophomores Wynel Seldon and Devin Moore combined for 1,184 rushing yards, which ranked fifth and seventh respectively in the Mountain West Conference.

In spring and fall camp, Cockhill leaned on the returning talent to help with the installation of a new up-tempo, fast-break offense. The Cowboys have picked up the pace with a no-huddle hybrid attack designed to keep defenses off-balance and take advantage of Sween’s strong arm and excellent decision-making ability.

The focus for the offense in 2007 is to improve on last year’s five-year worst 21.5 points per game average. The Cowboys ranked 91st in total offense nationally, 85th in passing offense, 58th in rushing offense, and 80th in scoring offense.

Statistics

  • Wyoming finished 5-3 in the MWC last season even though they were outscored by 23 points and outgained by an average of 12 yards per game.
  • The Pokes return 74% of their rushing attack and 72% of their receiving production from last season.
  • With eight of the top 10 offensive lineman back last season the Cowboys still finished 111th in the country in sacks allowed and 99th in tackles for loss allowed.
  • The Cowboy offensive line averages 6-4, 297 pounds.

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