Wyoming picks Doss as starting QB for opener

Updated: August 17, 2006, 2:40 PM ET
Associated Press

LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Junior Jacob Doss will start at quarterback when Wyoming hosts Utah State for the Cowboys' season opener Sept. 2.

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Cowboys coach Joe Glenn announced his decision before Wyoming's first fall scrimmage Wednesday at War Memorial Stadium.

The backup job remains up for grabs and is a contest between freshman Karsten Sween and sophomore Stinson Dean.

Glenn apparently selected Doss before the scrimmage, during which Doss hit just 3 of 8 passes for 16 yards. In his announcement, Glenn mentioned Doss' experience.

"Not that the other guys haven't played well, but Jake has his arms around [the offense] a little bit better right now. He has a little more experience and has been a little sharper in the meetings and things like that," Glenn said.

"We're going to give the keys to the car to Jake and go to work."

Doss played in four series with the first-team offense. He led the Pokes to two scores: A 60-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Wynel Seldon and a 36-yard field goal by redshirt freshman kicker Jake Scott.

On Doss' other possessions, the offense went three-and-out.

"Any time you make a decision like this, it's the body of the work, not just how someone does in one day," offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Bill Cockhill said. "You have to look at how they handle every ounce of every practice and every facet of what we're doing.

"Through the body of that work, Jacob has done the best. He's going to be our leader and our starter for the first game."

Doss found out through the media after the scrimmage that he'd been picked.

"It feels so good, and it's such a load off my mind," he said. "It's one of those things you work for your whole life just to hear that. It's really a dream come true.

He said he knew it was a tight race but also that he was the leading contender because he was taking most of the reps with the first team offense.

The news didn't surprise Sween.

"I knew before the scrimmage I was going to run with the twos, so I tried to do the best I could," Sween said. "I've kind of known for a while."

The quarterback who had the best day was Dean, who completed a 54-yard touchdown pass to freshman wide receiver Greg Bolling. He also had a 23-yard completion to junior-college transfer Darion Donnelly on a third-and-13 play for a first down.

Dean completed 5 of 7 for 91 yards and a touchdown.

"That's probably where's it's at, is the battle for the No. 2 spot," Cockhill said.

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