Laramie, Wyo. (April 26, 2018) — Congrats go out to former University of Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen, who became the highest NFL Draft pick by any Wyoming Cowboy in school history on Thursday.
â€œWith the seventh pick in the 2018 NFL Draft the Buffalo Bills select Josh Allen, quarterback, University of Wyoming.â€Â Those were the words uttered by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday night from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The previous highest selection of a Wyoming Cowboy was back in the 1967 NFL Draft when defensive tackle Ron â€œPedroâ€ Billingsley was selected as the No. 14 overall selection by the San Diego Chargers.
â€œJosh (Allen) has really been a special player for our program, and personally a special player for me,â€ said Wyoming Head Coach Craig Bohl.Â â€œHead coaches and quarterbacks have a special relationship, and itâ€™s been exciting to see Joshâ€™s growth.Â He has had an exponential impact on our program that has helped redefine Cowboy Football.Â Josh is going to have a great and long career in the NFL.â€
In his two seasons as the starting quarterback for the University of Wyoming, Allen led the Wyoming Cowboys to two consecutive eight-win seasons, two consecutive bowl appearances and he concluded his college career with a 37-14 victory over Central Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, earning Most Valuable Player honors for the bowl win.Â He was named the North Team Most Outstanding Player in the 2018 Senior Bowl, and participated in the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine.
Over his Wyoming career, Allen accounted for 5,833 yards of total offense, including 5,066 passing yards and 767 rushing yards.Â He was responsible for 57 touchdowns for his career (44 passing, 12 rushing and 1 receiving).Â He threw 44 touchdown passes vs. only 21 interceptions.Â His combined record as a starter in 2016 and â€˜17 was 16-9 for a 64.0 winning percentage.Â Allen graduated in December 2017 with a bachelorâ€™s degree in social science.