QB Casey Bramlet

2002 Statistics

Coach: Joe Glenn
1st year
2002 Record: 2-10
at Tennessee LOST 7-47
at Central Michigan LOST 20-32
at Washington LOST 7-38
at Colorado State LOST 36-44
at UNLV LOST 48-49 (OT)
at Brigham Young LOST 31-35
at New Mexico LOST 20-49

2002 Final Rankings
AP-UR, Coaches-UR, BCS-UR

2003 Outlook

Joe Glenn reeks of optimism with his new team, and most of that hope starts on offense. Wyoming will score plenty of points, especially with productive senior Casey Bramlet under center. He's another one of those relatively unknown QBs who'll draw the occasional "Hey, what about him?" discussion when awards finalists start being announced. Glenn's one-back, three-receiver offense will give Bramlet plenty of opportunities to throw around the football. And score points.

Defense is another matter. Wyoming gave up 35 (or more) points seven times. That number needs to be shaved down dramatically.

The Cowboys toned things down a little with the non-conference slate. Gone are bowl teams Washington and Tennessee, replaced by patsies Montana State and Kansas. They open with Montana State, always a good way to boost confidence. But after that, Wyoming plays four of its next five on the road, at Oklahoma State, Air Force, Boise State and Utah State. A split of the four road games would be ideal, but even one win is going to be tough against that bunch.

Potential is the key word here. If each functional part can play even close to its given ability, this squad will challenge the conference's top dogs regularly. This is especially true on defense. Relying on the offense to keep Wyoming in each week's tilt won't work, just like every other season when this rings true. They have the right guy to play catch up if needed. But Bramlet's efforts cannot be consistently earmarked to combat inferior defensive play

Projected 2003 record: 4-8
DE Brandon Casavan
QB - 4 DL - 1.5
RB - 1.5 LB - 3
WR - 3 DB - 2.5
OL - 2 ..

Passing: Casey Bramlet, 464-277-18, 3290 yds., 24 TD

Rushing: Derek Armah, 124 att., 596 yds., 6 TD

Receiving: Jovon Bouknight, 63 rec., 689 yds., 3 TD

Scoring: Derek Armah, 9 TD, 54 pts.

Punting: Luke Donovan, 58 punts, 43.0 avg.

Kicking: Scott Parker, 4-8 FG, 22-27 PAT, 34 pts.

Tackles: Tyler Gottschalk, 125 tot., 63 solo

Sacks: Tyler Gottschalk, Guy Tuell, Shane Powell, Zach Morris - 1 sack each

Interceptions: Jacque Finn, 3 for 109 yds.

Kickoff returns: Leonard Jones, 28 ret., 20.4 avg.

Punt returns: Tom Vincent, 1 ret., 29.0 avg.


OFFENSE: Adam Goldberg-OT, Scott Sorensen-TE, Brock Ralph-WR, Scottie Vines-WR
DEFENSE: Chad Beuhler-DT, Josh Rollins-DE, Herman White-MLB

written by Ryan Hockensmith

New coach Joe Glenn says without hesitation that Casey Bramlet is as good as any quarterback in the United States. So don't bother scanning the depth chart any farther than the top spot, although it's interesting to note Bramlet's back-up is his brother, Corey. They say, like so many do about related offspring, that he could be better than Casey, some day. But for now, the offense revolves around the elder Bramlet, who threw for 3,290 yards and 24 TDs in 2002. Bramlet is a 6'4", 231-pounder with a cannon arm and decent wheels (five rushing TDs). Glenn's one-back, three-receiver offense is still being learned, but the weapons are in place for him to post even better numbers.

His one back will alternate between senior Derek Armah and junior Kit Bradshaw, the Cowboys' two leading rushers of 2002. Both will get carries, but neither is spectacular. They'll obviously be most effective if Bramlet gets the passing game going, which he should with the receivers Wyoming returns.

Three of the Cowboys' top five receivers return, led by sophomore Jovon Bouknight. Bouknight is a solid, possession-type receiver. He averaged 10.9 yards per catch and had a long grab of 36 yards. The Cowboys will rely on seniors Ryan McGuffey and Malcom Floyd to open things up deep. McGuffey has a nice frame at 6'1", 216, and can get down the field. Same with Floyd, who at 6'6" and 215 pounds can get up-for-grab-type passes. All three are inviting targets, so expect at least 40 catches for each. Tight end Aaron Robbins, who saw real-game action as a true freshman, will only get better. With the wideouts running loose on the outside, Robbins should have room to maneuver over the middle.

Four starters return on the offensive line, so Bramlet probably won't hit the deck 40 more times again in 2003. They'll have to play better, though, and that will start in the middle with junior center Trenton Franz. He'll be responsible for all the line calls and keeping a pair of young tackles, sophomore Dan Fisher and freshman Chase Johnson, calm and effective. Both tackles played well this spring, pleasantly surprising Glenn. Fisher and Johnson are challenged with protecting Bramlet's blind side. Inside, returning starters Isaac Morales and Henry Randle will man the middle.


RB Derek Armah


Returning Starters in bold
QB Casey Bramlet-Sr (6-4, 231) Corey Bramlet-So (6-4, 209)
RB Derek Armah-Sr (5-10, 207) Kit Bradshaw-Jr (6-1, 206)
WR Ryan McGuffey-Sr (6-1, 216) Jarreau Grant-Fr (6-1, 188)
WR Jovon Bouknight-So (6-1, 181) Dustin Pleasant-So (6-1, 170)
WR Malcom Floyd-Sr (6-6, 215) Josh Barge-So (6-0, 195)
TE Aaron Robbins-So (6-4, 228) Chris Cox-Jr (6-7, 250)
OT Chase Johnson-Fr (6-8, 293) Jason Karcher-Fr (6-3, 294)
OG Isaac Morales-Jr (6-5, 312) Mark Schwarz-Fr (6-4, 278)
C Trenton Franz-Jr (6-3, 276) Jeff Warren-So (6-2, 288)
OG Henry Randle-Sr (6-3, 295) Drew Severn-So (6-1, 280)
OT Dan Fisher-So (6-5, 293) Brandon Avery-So (6-4, 296)
K Scott Parker-So (6-0, 182) Deric Yaussi-So (5-11, 168)



written by Ryan Hockensmith

Glenn hasn't beat around the bush regarding his front four: Wyoming must get better push up front. Last year, the Cowboys mustered only 10 sacks. That number has to double, and it starts here.

Three veterans are back, starting with defensive tackle Zach Morris, nose guard Jacob Bonde and defensive end Brandon Casavan. Morris drew high praise from Glenn for an explosive spring. He will be key to creating havoc up the gut. Morris had merely 20 tackles, but looks like a much improved player. Casavan also had a spring worthy of Glenn's kudos. He has a knack for being around the ball, but he needs to get after the quarterback, as does opposite end John Flora. Bottom line - the defensive line returnees totaled 1.5 sacks a year ago. That number at least has to approach double-digits if a .500 season is to be theirs.

Wyoming's LBs are probably the unit's bright spot. Top tackler Tyler Gottschalk used his great range to rack up 125 tackles in 2002. He has a knack for making big plays (three forced fumbles in 2002) and the Cowboys will need plenty of those this year. He'll move to the strong side linebacker spot opposite junior Guy Tuell, a 2002 starter at strong safety. Tuell will have his hands full playing weak side linebacker at 6'1", 207 pounds. In the middle, junior Randy Tscharner will be the anchor. Like Tuell, he's a little undersized at 6'3", 231, so it will be pivotal for the defensive front to gobble up blockers and keep offensive linemen from running downhill and getting clean shots at the linebackers. If that can all occur, this group can track down ball carriers and cause pressure on blitzes, which is exactly what Glenn has vowed.

The area Glenn has expressed the most concern, surprisingly, isn't the defensive line. It's the secondary. He wants to blitz and force offenses out of their rhythm(s). That means defensive backs will be put in one-on-one situations downfield. That could be a problem at the current talent levels.

Cornerbacks Chris Dixon and Roderrick Jackson both have experience (combined for 107 tackles). They'll have to do more if Wyoming is going to keep opposing offenses off the field. Up the middle, Tom Vincent, Jacque Finn and Nate Young are the favorites to fill the free and strong safety spots. Unfortunately, only two of them can play at once (most of the time). Young, a senior, is small (6'1", 178 pounds) but experienced, good in coverage and a capable tackler. Both Young and Finn are slotted to see action at free safety, while Vincent is more of a strong safety. Vincent's a senior, too, can lay a lick on ball carriers, but also has enough speed to hang with tight ends and guys out of the backfield. Glenn says he'd like to apply pressure to offenses with zone blitzes, and those three players are guys to watch for offensive linemen trying to pick up the blitz.


LB Tyler Gottschalk


Returning Starters in bold
DE John Flora-So (6-3, 245) Jason Schneider-Fr (6-6, 245)
NG Jacob Bonde-Jr (6-3, 289) Derrick Glasper-So (6-1, 255)
DT Zach Morris-Jr (6-2, 270) Casey Adams-Sr (6-5, 263)
DE Brandon Casavan-Sr (6-5, 279) Anthony Jones-Jr (6-5, 264)
SLB Tyler Gottschalk-Sr (6-4, 236) J.C. Trautwein-Sr (6-0, 205)
MLB Randy Tscharner-Jr (6-3, 231) Matt Chase-So (6-1, 221)
WLB Guy Tuell-Jr (6-1, 207) Jeff Tatnall-So (5-11, 208)
CB Chris Dixon-Sr (6-0, 172) Leonard Jones-Sr (5-9, 156)
CB Roderrick Jackson-Sr (5-11, 164) Stephon King-So (5-10, 193)
SS Tom Vincent-Sr (6-2, 201) Marcial Rosales-Fr (6-1, 199)
FS Jacque Finn-Sr (6-2, 191) Nate Young-Sr (6-1, 178)
P Luke Donovan-Sr (6-0, 189) Adam Brooks-So (5-9, 189)




Glenn has been happy with the progress of his PKs, but it's still an area of concern. Sophomores Scott Parker and Deric Yaussi are in a dead-heat for the starting job. Parker went 4-of-8 as a freshman and probably could be tabbed as a slight favorite, but the new coaches aren't entirely sold on him. Neither were the old coaches --- Wyoming went for it on fourth down 26 times last year! But Glenn, who's in charge of place-kicker coaching duties, vows the Cowboys will be better here. Senior punter Luke Donovan averaged 43.0 yards per punt, with a long of 62. He'll be one of the best booters in the conference. Return jobs are still being earned.