Brandon Miller will not go quietly into the night -- or into the fall for that matter.

With veteran Alvester Alexander, position-changing Ghaali Muhammad and speedy newcomer Kody Sutton dominating discussion of a deep Wyoming backfield, Miller is showing he cannot be forgotten.

The Parker, Colo., native made plenty of noise during the Cowboys' second fall scrimmage Friday morning, carrying the ball nine times for a team-high 99 yards in the offense's 60-47 modified-scoring victory.

"I'm starting to get more comfortable with the offense and I'm learning the players and how we're going to be this year," Miller said. "It was a good day for us, overall, on offense."

Miller, who was listed as the top running back on the depth chart coming out of spring because of injuries to other backs, wasted no time Friday making his presence felt.

With the first-team offense starting at its own 35-yard line, Miller took a handoff and broke to his right. After hitting the hole, he flashed his speed, blazing 53 yards to set up the offense's first touchdown of the day.

"The O-Line just did a great job opening up the play," Miller said. "I saw the opening so I just had to turn it up."

Miller made the switch from receiver to running back during spring camp, building up a versatility that may help him see more time on the field.

Along with his rushing attack, he caught three passes for 38 yards.

"I played receiver last year so I'm definitely comfortable out there running some routes," Miller said.

He wasn't the only back to have success in the scrimmage.

Alexander, a two-year starter, carried the ball 12 times for 57 yards and two of the offense's three touchdowns.

Sutton, who opened eyes in his first live action open to the public on Tuesday, ran for 39 yards on 10 carries.

Muhammad didn't play, but has taken live reps and could be available when the Pokes scrimmage again this Tuesday.

"I'm real pleased with where we're at from a running back standpoint," UW coach Dave Christensen said. "Those three kids played well today, all three of them. Ghaali will be back in the mix and ready to go maybe the next scrimmage.

"He's certainly ready to go, but we don't need to rush it. We're pretty good at that position right now."

With the crowded backfield, the question becomes: Where does everyone fit in?

As Miller sees it, that doesn't really matter at this point as long as he keeps making the plays to keep the coaches' attention.

"Whatever the coaches decide, I'm just happy to get out there and get some reps," Miller said. "Whoever they decide to throw out there, I think we're going to do a great job running the ball."

 

 

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