Six Wyoming Cowboys Earn All-Mountain West Honors

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Laramie, WY (November 28, 2018) — The Mountain West Conference released its 2018 All-Conference Football Team on Wednesday and six Wyoming Cowboys were honored. Three Cowboys earned First Team honors. Those three were senior running back Nico Evans, junior place-kicker Cooper Rothe and senior strong safety Andrew Wingard. Rothe was named the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year.

Senior defensive end Carl Granderson was selected to the Second Team, and junior cornerback Tyler Hall and junior linebacker Logan Wilson received Honorable Mention honors.

 

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Wingard earned All-Conference honors for the fourth year in a row, and was named First Team All-Mountain West for the third consecutive season. He was a Second Team selection as a true freshman in 2015.

Evans and Rothe each were honored for the first time in their careers. Rothe became the first Wyoming player to earn Special Teams Player of the Year since Wyoming became a founding member of the Mountain West when the conference began play in 1999. It is also the first time a Wyoming player has earned any of the three major Player of the Year Awards (Offensive, Defensive or Special Teams).

Granderson was honored for the second consecutive season. He was a First Team selection in 2017. Wilson earned his third Mountain West honor of his career. He was the 2016 MW Freshman of the Year, and was voted to the Second Team in 2017. Hall earned Honorable Mention honors for the second straight year.

 

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In the history of the Mountain West, Wingard becomes the first Cowboy to earn First Team All-Mountain West for three consecutive seasons, and the first to earn First or Second Team honors for four consecutive seasons. Three other Cowboys earned First or Second All-Mountain West honors in three straight years. Those three were former Cowboy defensive end Eddie Yarbrough, who earned First Team honors as a sophomore (2013) and junior (2014) and Second Team as a senior (2015). Former Cowboy offensive tackle Adam Goldberg, who was recognized as Second Team All-MW in 2000 and First Team in 2001 and 2002, and former Cowboy defensive end John Fletcher, who was Second Team twice (2007, 2008) and First Team once (2009).

The All-Conference Team was selected in a vote of the 12 Mountain West head football coaches and media members from across the Mountain West.

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