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A Winning Tradition…

                                                                      he great tradition of Wyoming football kicks off the 2006 season with the
                                                                      usual excitement, but with anticipation of more facility improvements
                                                                      on the horizon.
                                                                Not only will the Cowboys be playing football on the beautiful surface of Jonah
                                                         Field, but northeast of War Memorial Stadium construction will be underway on an
                                                         impressive indoor complex that should be done by the summer of 2007.
                                                                The cornerstone of Wyoming’s impressive physical plant is the beautiful
                                                         Curtis and Marian Rochelle Athletics Center (RAC) which begins its sixth season
                                                         of housing the Cowboys in a state-of-the-art facility. The RAC, constructed at a
                                                         cost of $9.4 million, opened for the 2001 season. Situated north of the Stadium,
                                                         the Rochelle contains the football locker room, a strength and conditioning center,
                                                         an academic and counseling center, a state-of-the-art training facility, and a suite
                                                         of office and meeting rooms for the football staff.
                                                                Thanks to the Strategic Plan for Intercollegiate Athletics, approved by the
                                                         university trustees in September 2003 critical facility needs have been addressed
                                                         to strengthen the recruitment of student-athletes and coaches, and to enhance the
                                                         fan experience at War Memorial Stadium. The Wyoming State Legislature provided
                                                         UW with a $10 million matching fund for facility enhancement. By June of 2005
                                                         the athletics department had raised the matching funds, opening the door to a
                                                         number of new additions to the facility plant.
                                                                While facility needs in the plan have already been addressed — repair
                                                         of the structure on the upper West stands of the Stadium as well as upgrade of
                                                         restrooms and concession areas, Jonah Field, the indoor practice facility and the
                                                         new all-weather outdoor track — more are on the way. Enhancement of the
                                                         lower Stadium concourse areas, as well as donor suites and improvements in the
                                                         women’s tennis facilities, are on the way.
Fanning a Twister, a statue honoring the great Wyoming          As usual the Cowboys will face a competitive football schedule in 2006.
bucking horse Steamboat, welcomes Cowboy fans at the     Not only are road trips to the University of Virginia and Syracuse University on the
entrance to the Wyoming Athletics complex.               slate, but home games with old rivals Colorado State and Air Force, and a visit by
                                                         always-powerful Boise State dot the home schedule. This year marks the 57th
                                                         season for War Memorial Stadium.
                                                                As a member of the Western Athletic Conference from 1962 through 1998,
                                                         Wyoming was one of the dominant football programs in the conference. It ranked
                                                         second in WAC history in football titles with seven, and second in conference wins
                                                         with 146. A charter member, Wyoming also was the only WAC school to play in a
                                                         bowl game in each of the first four decades of WAC existence — the 1960’s, the
                                                         ‘70’s, ‘80’s and ‘90’s.
                                                                Wyoming has played in 11 bowl games during its history, including the
                                                         Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl in December of 2004. The Cowboys’ first
                                                         bowl game was the 1951 Gator, followed by the 1956 Sun, 1958 Sun, 1966 Sun,
                                                         1968 Sugar, 1976 Fiesta, 1987 Holiday, 1988 Holiday, 1990 Copper, 1993 Copper
                                                         and the 2004 Las Vegas.
                                                                Traditionally one of the most explosive offensive teams in the country,
                                                         Wyoming has ranked among the Top 30 passing teams in the country in 14 of the
                                                         last 20 years. Wyoming led the nation in passing offense in 1996.
                                                                “Receiver U” was a name given to the program as it has produced some of
                                                         the nation’s top receivers. Former Cowboy All-Americans Marcus Harris and Ryan
                                                         Yarborough still rank among the very best in the country. Both rank in the Top 5
                                                         respectively on the NCAA career receiving yardage list. Another former Cowboy
                                                         All-American receiver, Jay Novacek, is nationally ranked among tight ends, and
                                                         became an All-Pro tight end with the World Champion Dallas Cowboys.

A Winning Tradition…
                                  Running back Jim Kiick earned
                                  All-Conference honors three
                                  consecutive seasons from 1965-67.
                                  He later starred for the Super Bowl
                                  Champion Miami Dolphins.

                                                      Bowden Wyatt ushered in
                                                      the winning tradition of
                                                      Wyoming Football. Wyatt
                                                      led UW to its first bowl game, the
                                                      1951 Gator Bowl, and was later            Marcus Harris ended his
                                                      inducted into the College Football        career as the greatest
                                                      Hall of Fame.                             receiver in NCAA history.

                                                Cowboy Greats Who Helped Build the Wyoming Tradition
                                              Jim Crawford    • All-America Running Back in 1956               1954-56
Bob Devaney coached Wyoming                                   • Led the nation in rushing in ‘56 with 1,104 yards
from 1957-61, and still ranks as the          Bob Devaney     • Wyoming’s Winningest Head Coach                1957-61
winningest coach in school history,                             based on Percentage 35-10-5 (.750)
winning 75 percent of his games.                              • In 1962, he took over as head coach at Nebraska
                                                              • A member of the College Football Hall of Fame
                                              Phil Dickens    • Second best winning percentage                 1953-56
                                                                 in school history 29-11-1 (.720)
                                                              • Coached his 1956 team to a perfect 10-0 season
                                              Marcus Harris • Two-time All-American in 1995 and 1996           1993-96
                                                              • NCAA’s No. 2 All-Time leading receiver with 4,518 yards
                                                              • 1996 Biletnikoff Award Winner as nation’s top receiver
                                              Jim Kiick       • Three-time All-WAC Running Back                1965-67
                                                              • Went on to star for World Champion Miami Dolphins
                                              Brian Lee       • All-America Free Safety in 1997                1994-97
                                                              • In 1997, Lee became the first Wyoming football player
                                                                to be named a Consensus All-American and a First Team
                                                                Academic All-American in the same season
                                              Jay Novacek     • All-America Tight End in 1984                  1982-84
                                                              • Went on to star for World Champion Dallas Cowboys
                                              Paul Roach      • Head Coach, Record 35-15-0 (.700)              1987-90
                                                              • Led UW to back-to-back WAC titles in 1987-88
                                                              • Also a UW assistant in late 60’s, he was part of six of
                                                                Wyoming’s 10 bowl games and six of seven WAC titles
                                              Eddie Talboom • Wyoming’s first All-American in 1950              1949-50
                                                              • Was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame
                                                                in 2000 as a tailback
                                              Bowden Wyatt • Head Coach, Record 39-17-1 (.693)                 1947-52
                                                              • Led UW to First Bowl Game, 1951 Gator Bowl
                                                              • A member of the College Football Hall of Fame
                                              Ryan Yarborough • Two-time All-American in 1992-93               1990-93
                                                              • Currently ranks No. 4 on NCAA career receiving list
                                                                with 4,357 yards

Wyoming Cowboys Capture
2004 Pioneer PureVision
Las Vegas Bowl Championship

            he 2004 season marked the return of Wyoming football to national prominence as the Cowboys captured the Pioneer
            PureVision Las Vegas Bowl Championship, defeating UCLA, 24-21 before a national television audience on ESPN. The
            accomplishment came in only the second year of Head Coach Joe Glenn’s tenure at Wyoming.
     The victory was one of the Pokes’ most exciting in their storied football history, and was the biggest upset of the 2004 collegiate
bowl season. They entered the game as a 12.5-point underdog, the biggest spread of any of the bowls. Making it so exciting for
Wyoming fans was the way their beloved Cowboys did it. . .with a fourth-quarter comeback.
     Wyoming was down 21-10 heading into the fourth quarter, and put together a pair of exciting drives, coupled with outstanding
defense to come away with the victory. The game-winning score was a Corey Bramlet to John Wadkowski pass play that gave the
Pokes the lead. Wyoming’s defense took over from there, shutting down the Bruins for the victory.
     Wyoming fans came from around the country to participate in the week’s activities leading up to the game. On Thursday, Dec.
23, 2004, over 10,000 UW fans poured into Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium for the game. Those Cowboy fanatics helped set a new
record for actual attendance at the Las Vegas Bowl, 29,062.
     The week leading up to the game also was filled with events for the players, coaches and fans. Included among the events for
the team were a party for the players at the ESPN Zone in Vegas; a visit to Sunrise Children’s Hospital, and a luncheon featuring former
Super Bowl quarterback Ken Stabler of the Oakland Raiders and ESPN’s voice of college football Ron Franklin.
     Wyoming’s resounding win made it a week to remember. It had been a week of celebration for Cowboy fans; a week of great
events for players and coaches. But it was much more than just one week in the exciting city of Las Vegas. It was more than just one
win. The victory restored a tradition-rich Cowboy program to a position of prominence in collegiate football — a position of prominence
that began with Wyoming’s first bowl victory in the 1951 Gator Bowl.

Wyoming Greats in the
College Football Hall of Fame

                Bob Devaney                             #41 Eddie “Boom Boom” Talboom                                        Bowden Wyatt
Head Football Coach: Wyoming, Nebraska                  Tailback, University of Wyoming                       Head Football Coach: Wyoming, Arkansas,
Years at Wyoming: 1957-61                               Years at Wyoming: 1948-50                                   Tennessee
College Football Hall of Fame Induction: 1981           College Football Hall of Fame Induction: 2000         Years at Wyoming: 1947-52
                                                                                                              College Football Hall of Fame Induction: 1997

       Bob Devaney earned his first college head              Eddie “Boom Boom” Talboom helped former               Bowden Wyatt put Wyoming Football on the
coaching position at the University of Wyoming in       Cowboy Head Coach Bowden Wyatt usher in a new         map. Wyatt was elected to the College Football
1957, after serving as an assistant coach at Michigan   era in Wyoming Football History. With Talboom as      Hall of Fame as a player in 1972 and as a coach in
State under Biggie Munn and Duffy Daugherty. During     the tailback in Wyoming’s single-wing offense, the    1997. He became only the third man to be elected
his five seasons in Laramie, Devaney posted a record     Cowboys went on to post a perfect 10-0 record         in both categories, following Amos Alonzo Stagg and
of 35-10-5, and his winning percentage at UW of         in his senior season of 1950 and earn Wyoming’s       Bobby Dodd. He played end for Tennessee 1936-
75.0 percent is still tops in school history. In five    first bowl bid. The Cowboys defeated Washington        38, and in his senior year was an All-American.
seasons at Wyoming and 11 at Nebraska, Devaney          and Lee 20-7 in the Gator Bowl. Talboom became        Like Bob Devaney, his first college head coaching
never had a losing season, as his teams compiled an     UW’s first All-American at the conclusion of the       opportunity came at Wyoming from 1947-52. He
overall record of 136-30-7 (.806). The 1958 season,     1950 season. He ended his college career having       took over a program that had won only six games in
Wyoming compiled an 8-3 record, and defeated            scored 303 points as a tailback and place-kicker.     three seasons prior to his arrival, and built Wyoming
Hardin-Simmons 14-6 in the Sun Bowl. In 1959,           Even now, over 50 years after the completion of his   into a national power. His time at Wyoming was
Wyoming posted a record of 9-1, and was ranked No.      college career, Talboom still ranks No. 5 in NCAA     highlighted by the 1950 season when UW finished
16 in the nation in the final Associated Press media     history in career scoring, having averaged 10.8       with a perfect 10-0 record, defeated Washington &
poll. Later while coaching at Nebraska, he would        points per game during his three-year career at       Lee 20-7 in the Gator Bowl and ended the season
lead the Cornhuskers to two National Championships      UW. Eddie Talboom was inducted into the College       ranked No. 12 in the final Associated Press poll. His
in 1970 and ‘71. Coach Devaney passed away on           Football Hall of Fame posthumously in 2000. He        16-year record as a head coach was 99-56-5 (.634).
May 8, 1997.                                            died on June 6, 1998.                                 Coach Wyatt was inducted into the College Football
                                                                                                              Hall of Fame posthumously. Coach Wyatt passed
                                                                                                              away on Jan 21, 1969.

           The National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame
      The University of Wyoming is proud to have three former football greats inducted into the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of
Fame. For Cowboy head coaches Bob Devaney and Bowden Wyatt, and Wyoming’s first All-American, Eddie “Boom Boom” Talboom, are all members
of the distinguished Hall. Former Cowboy Head Coach Pat Dye also is in the Hall, although he coached at Wyoming for just one season (1980).
      The mission of the National Football Foundation (NFF) is to promote the power of amateur football in developing the qualities of leadership,
sportsmanship, and competitive zeal and the drive for academic excellence in American’s young people. The NFF was founded in 1947.
      The Wyoming Chapter of the National Football Foundation was founded in 1993 by Paul Roach when he gathered a group of ex-players,
businessmen, coaches, athletic directors, educators and football fans who were interested in honoring Wyoming High School and University of
Wyoming football players for their dedication to the sport as well as their academic achievements and community involvement.
      During the chapter’s first 12 years, it has received nearly 700 scholar-athlete nominations from all of Wyoming’s 59 football-playing high
schools. Almost $100,000 in scholarships has been awarded to 119 scholar-athlete finalists, representing 42 high schools, and UW. The chapter
has produced one Western Regional Winner (competing with 27 other state chapters) and three regional runners-up. Several of the present Cowboys
are former finalists.
      The Wyoming Chapter has climbed to number two in the nation in membership out of 119 chapters nation wide. If you would like to become a
part of this outstanding organization, as it strives to be the number one chapter in the nation, contact former Cowboy letterman and current chapter
president Mike Schutte at P.O. Box 158, Red Feather Lakes, CO 80545, or email him at

Receiver U

Jay Novacek was not only an All-America tight end, but
was also an All-America decathlete at Wyoming in 1984.
Novacek finished fourth in the decathlon at the NCAA Track                                Marcus Harris, pictured on the right, was named
and Field Championships. He went on to help lead the Dallas                              the Fred Biletnikoff Award winner in 1996. The
Cowboys to Super Bowl titles in the 1992, ‘93 and ‘95 seasons.                           award is symbolic of the nation’s top receiver.
                                                                                         Harris is pictured here with the Biletnikoff Trophy
                                                                                         and a representative of the Biletnikoff Award Committee.
                  hen talking about college receiving records, there is one school that has set itself
                  apart from the rest — that school is the University of Wyoming. A look at the
                  NCAA Record Book for Career Receiving Yards shows two Wyoming receivers atop
the list — No. 2 Marcus Harris and No. 4 Ryan Yarborough.
      For three consecutive seasons from 1994-96, Marcus Harris ranked first, second and first
in the nation in receiving yards per game. He ended his career as the NCAA record-holder for
most receiving yards (4,518) and most 100-yard receiving games in a career (24). He also is the
only receiver in NCAA history to have more than 1,400 yards receiving in three different seasons.
Harris was a Consensus All-American in 1996 and won the Biletnikoff Award, symbolic of the
nation’s top receiver.
      Prior to Harris setting the NCAA record for most yards receiving in a career, he was preceded
at UW by former NCAA record-holder Ryan Yarborough. Yarborough amassed 4,357 yards receiving
in his career, earning him First Team All-America honors in 1992 (by the Football Writers) and in
1993 (by Associated Press).
      Another contributor to Wyoming’s claim as “Receiver U” is NCAA record-holder — Jay Novacek.
Novacek, who played tight end at Wyoming from 1982-84, still holds the NCAA record for highest
average gain per reception by a tight end in a single season (22.6 yards per reception in 1984).
Novacek was a Kodak All-American in 1984. He then went on to achieve All-Pro status with the
Dallas Cowboys. Novacek retired from professional football in the summer of 1997.
      Another one of the greats, Jovon Bouknight, insured his place in the Cowboy receiver tradition
with a tremendous career that ended with the 2005 season.
      An Honorable Mention All-American, Bouknight was a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist. He was
a First Team All-Mountain West Conference selection. He concluded the 2005 campaign ranked
No. 9 in the NCAA in average receiving yards per game; No.15 in total receiving yards; No.10             Ryan Yarborough was a two-time
in all-purpose yards and No.12 in average receptions per game; and No. 11 in kickoff returns.            All-America receiver in 1992 and 1993.
He ranks No. 3 in career receptions, career receiving yards and career TD receptions for NCAA            He held the NCAA record for career
Division 1A receivers.                                                                                   receiving yards before fellow Cowboy
      He is number three on Wyoming’s all-time list Harris and Yarborough in career receiving
                                                                                                         Marcus Harris broke the record in ‘96.

           rom Wyoming’s first football All-American, Eddie Talboom in 1950, to Wyoming’s most                                                            KEN FANTETTI
            recent All-American, Jovon Bouknight in 2005, the Wyoming Football program has had a long                                                    Linebacker, 1978
            line of outstanding players who have received All-America honors.                                                                           Football Writers All-American
      That first Cowboy All-American, Eddie Talboom, was inducted into the National Football Foundation                                                  … A ferocious defensive
College Hall of Fame in 2000. All-American, Brian Lee, accomplished a first in UW school history by                                                      player … Had 115 tackles,
being named both a Consensus All-American and a First Team Academic All-American in ‘97.                                                                73 unassisted, to lead the
                                                                                                                                                        team … Had eight tackles
      Here are Wyoming’s All-Americans through the years, with stats from their All-America seasons.                                                    for a loss, one interception,
                                                                                                                                                        recovered one fumble and
                              EDDIE TALBOOM                                                 MIKE DIRKS                                                  caused another … Named
                              Halfback, 1950                                                Defensive Tackle, 1967                                      the 1978 Western Athletic
                                                                                                                                                        Conference Defensive Player
                           INS and Newspaper Editor’s                                       Football Writers-Look                 of the Year … Played with the Detroit Lions.
                           Association All-American …                                       Magazine All-American …               Inducted into the University of Wyoming Athletics
                           In 1950, he completed 57 of                                      Had 71 tackles, including 30          Hall of Fame in 2003.
                           100 passes for 920 yards                                         unassisted and 26 behind the
                           and eight touchdowns …                                           line … Broke up eight passes
                           Converted 40 of 45 PAT’s                                         and recovered a fumble …                                     JACK WEIL
                           ... Scored 130 points, then                                      Led the best rushing defense                                 Punter, 1983
                           a UW record… Punted 33                                           in the nation … Played for
                           times for 1,183 yards…                                           the Philadelphia Eagles …                                    Consensus All-American,
                           Ranks fifth on the NCAA                                          Inducted into the inaugural                                  Associated Press and Football
    career scoring list with a 10.8 ppg average…                      class of the Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993.                               Writers All-American ... Led
    Inducted into the University of Wyoming Athletics                                                                                                    the nation in punting with a
    Hall of Fame in 1994. Inducted into National Football                                   JERRY DEPOYSTER                                              45.6 average ... UW’s career
    Foundation College Hall of Fame in 2000.                                                Kicker, 1967                                                 punting leader with a 42.6
                                                                                                                                                         average ... Had a career long
                              DEWEY MCCONNELL                                               Associated Press and Sporting                                punt of 86 yards ... Played
                              End, 1951                                                     News All-American … Second in                                with the Denver Broncos.
                                                                                            the nation in kick scoring with 66
                              Associated Press All-                                         points … Was 21 of 31 in PATs, 15                            JAY NOVACEK
                              American after leading the                                    of 37 FGs … Punted 62 times for
                              nation in receiving with 47                                   41.7 average, 12th in the nation …                           Tight End, 1984
                              catches for 725 yards and                                     Set seven NCAA kicking records in                            Consensus All-American,
                              eight touchdowns … 14                                         his career … Played for the Detroit                          Kodak All-American … One
                              career receiving touchdowns                                   Lions and Oakland Raiders. A 2006                            of UW’s finest athletes ever …
                              was a UW record … Played                                      UW Hall of Fame inductee.                                    Had 33 catches for 745 yards
                              for the Pittsburgh Steelers.                                                                                               and four touchdowns … Great
                              Inducted into the UW Athletics                                BOB JACOBS
                                                                                                                                                         blocker, sensational hands,
                              Hall of Fame in 1995.                                         Kicker, 1969                                                 sprinter speed ... UW record
                                                                                            Football Writers-Look                                        holder in decathlon … Set an
                              JIM CRAWFORD                                                                                                               NCAA record for average yards
                                                                                            Magazine and Sporting News
                              Tailback, 1956                                                All-American ... Hit 18 field                                 per reception by a tight end
                                                                                            goals and 22 PATs for 76              (22.6) … An All-Pro tight end for the Dallas Cowboys
                          NEA and Football Writers                                                                                … Inducted into the inaugural class of the University
                          All-American ... NCAA                                             points ... Led the nation in
                                                                                            kick scoring ... Was seventh          of Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993.
                          rushing leader in 1956 with
                          1,104 yards on 200 carries                                        in punting with 42.5 average.
                          to become Wyoming’s
                                                                                                                                                         GALAND THAXTON
                          first 1,000 yard rusher ...                                                                                                    Linebacker, 1987
                          Averaged 5.5 yards per carry                                      PAUL NUNU                                                   Associated Press All-
                          ... Set a UW record with 13                                                                                                   American … Had 143 tackles
                          TDs ... Played for the Boston                                     Linebacker, 1976
                                                                                                                                                        as a senior … A two time All-
                          Patriots … Inducted into UW                                       Selected first team All-                                    WAC performer …Wyoming’s
    Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995.                                                         American by The Football                                    career tackle leader … The
                                                                                            News ... Led the Cowboys to                                 first player in Wyoming
                              JERRY HILL                                                    the 1976 WAC title and Fiesta                               history to be selected a co-
                              Running Back, 1959, 1960                                      Bowl ... The Hawaii native                                  captain twice … Played for
                              Jerry Hill was selected as Wyoming’s                          finished his career third on                                 the Atlanta Falcons and San
                              Football Player of the Century during                         Wyoming’s career tackle list                                Diego Chargers. Inducted into
                              fan balloting in 1992. He was an                              with 245.                             the Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999.
                              Honorable Mention All-American
                              in both 1959 and 1960. An All-                                                                                             PAT RABOLD
                              Skyline Conference running back                               DENNIS BAKER                                                 Defensive Tackle, 1988
                              during both of those years, while                             Offensive Tackle, 1977
                                                                                                                                                         Associated Press All-
                              leading the Cowboys in rushing.                               Associated Press All-                                        American … One of
                              The Cowboys posted a 25-6 record                              American … Anchored an                                       Wyoming’s greatest defensive
                              during his career, and won the 1958                           offensive line that produced                                 tackles in history ... Was
   Sun Bowl. The Lingle, Wyoming native finished his career with                             2,400 rushing yards … Was a                                  the 1988 Western Athletic
   1,374 yards rushing on 288 carries. He played eight seasons in                           three- time All-WAC player.                                  Conference Defensive Player
   the National Football League for the Baltimore Colts. He ranks                                                                                        of the Year … Led the WAC
   eighth on the Colts’ career rushing list. He played in Super                                                                                          in quarterback sacks …
   Bowl III and V. Voted “Player of the Century” and a 1993 UW                                                                                           Drafted by the Buffalo Bills.
   Hall of Fame inductee.                                                                                                                                UW Hall of Fame, 2005.

                        MITCH DONAHUE                     the nation’s top receiver and finished ninth in the      Lee at free safety, UW’s defense ranked number
                                                          Heisman Trophy balloting. Wyoming’s second              six in the country in pass defense and set a school
                        Defensive End, 1990               two-time All-American, he was an to the AFCA First      record with 24 interceptions in 1997. An excellent
                       Football Writers, Sporting         Team All-America as a junior. Harris was selected       student, Lee was also named First Team Academic
                       News, and NFL Draft Report         by the Detroit Lions in seventh round of the 1997       All-American in 1997.
                       first team All-American …          NFL Draft. UW Hall of Fame, 2004.
                       Wyoming’s all-time sack leader                                                                                   J.D. WALLUM
                       with 48 … Led the nation in                               STEVE SCIFRES                                          Place kicker, 2001
                       sacks as a senior … Named to                              Offensive Tackle, 1996
                       the WAC All-Decade team for                                                                                       A second-team Football
                       the 1980s … Finished fourth                               Football Writers Association                            News All-American, and a
                       in the balloting for the Outland                          of America All-American.                                Lou Groza Award semifinalist.
                       Trophy … A three-time first                                One of the greatest offensive                           . .He also was named a
team All-WAC pick and two-time WAC Defensive Player                              linemen ever to wear a                                  First Team All-Conference
of the Year … Played for the San Francisco 49ers and                             Wyoming uniform, Scifres                                performer by both Football
Denver Broncos. UW Hall of Fame, 2002.                                           started every game of his                               News and The Sporting News.
                                                                                 career — 47 consecutive                                 Wallum tied All-American
                                                                                 games at offensive tackle.                              Cory Wedel’s 1996 school
                        RYAN YARBOROUGH                                          He was named All-WAC his                                record for most field goals in
                        Wide Receiver, 1992-93                                   junior and senior years and      a single season with 20. He connected on 20 of 23
                                                          was the Western Athletic Conference “Freshman           field-goal attempts (87 percent), and was a perfect
                       Wyoming’s first two-time All-
                                                          of the Year” in 1993, the only offensive lineman to     four of four from 40 yards and beyond. His longest
                       American … Selected to the
                                                          be so honored. Scifres allowed two quarterback          was a 52-yarder vs. Texas A&M. That season, his
                       Football Writers of America
                                                          sacks as a freshman in 1993, one quarterback            junior year, he was ranked number three in the
                       First Team after leading the
                                                          sack in 465 pass plays in 1994, one sack in 429         country in field goals per game, averaging 1.82. An
                       nation in receiving yards
                                                          pass plays in 1995, and no sacks in 486 pass plays      excellent kickoff man, Wallum boomed 55 percent
                       with 1,351 yards as a junior
                                                          in 1996. During his senior year, he was named           (31 of 56) of his kickoffs into the opponents’ end
                       in 1992 … Only the second
                                                          one of 13 semi-finalists for the Outland Trophy,         zone for touchbacks. He was on pace to become
                       Wyoming junior ever selected
                                                          as well as a NACDA Scholarship finalist. Drafted         one of Wyoming’s most effective kickers of all time
                       to an All-America team …
                                                          by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round of the         when he suffered a season-ending knee injury in
                       Finished the season with 86
                                                          1997 NFL Draft.                                         the second game of his senior season.
receptions and 12 touchdowns … As a senior, broke
the NCAA career receiving yardage record with 4,357                              CORY WEDEL
yards … Caught 75 passes for 1,584 yards and 16                                  Kicker, 1996
                                                                                                                                        JOVON BOUKNIGHT
touchdowns and was named to the Associated Press                                                                                        Wide Receiver, 2005
and Football Writers of America First Teams as a                                   American Football
senior … Second round draft choice of the New York                                 Coaches Association All-                            A College Football News
Jets. UW Hall of Fame, 2003.                                                       American, Walter Camp                               Honorable Mention All-
                                                                                   Football Foundation                                 American, Bouknight
                        BRIAN GRAGERT                                              All-American. Just the third                        concluded his career as one
                                                                                   Wyoming junior to be named                          of the greatest all-around
                        Punter, 1995                                                                                                   players in Wyoming football
                                                                                   All-American, Wedel finished
                     American Football Foundation                                  the 1996 season ranked                              history. His senior season, he
                     All-America Team … Gragert                                    number five in the nation in                         was one of 15 semifinalists
                     had the second-highest                                        average field goals per game                         for the 2005 Bilentnikoff
                     punting average (45.2 yards)         for the season (1.7), and sixteenth in scoring (nine                         Award. He earned First Team
                     in the country in 1995 and           points per game). Named first team All-Western           All-Mountain West Conference honors as a senior.
                     was the first UW punter to            Athletic Conference in 1995, 1996, and 1997. He         He is listed among the nation’s top 15 in almost
                     lead the WAC in punting and          was one of twenty semi-finalists for the 1996 Lou        every NCAA receiving category. He is number
                     be named First-Team All-             Groza Award. In 1996, Wedel tied a UW and WAC           two in Mountain West Conference history in both
                     WAC in consecutive seasons           record with six field goals in a 40-38 win over          receptions and receiving yards. He is number
                     since Bob Jacobs in 1968             Idaho and was a two-time WAC Player of the Week.        three on Wyoming’s career list in receiving yards,
and ’69 … Selected in the seventh round of the            Also named an Academic All-American and to the          and career TD receptions, and number four in all-
1996 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.                     Successful Farming Magazine All-America Farm            purpose yards.
                                                          Team. Wedel kicked five game-winning field goals
                        MARCUS HARRIS                     in his career, including a dramatic 41-yard field goal
                        Wide Receiver, 1995-96            in Wyoming’s first-ever overtime game to beat Iowa
                                                          State 41-38 in 1996.
                        Consensus All-American,
                        … Associated Press,                                      BRIAN LEE
                        Football Writers of America,                             Free Safety, 1997
                        American Football Coaches
                        Association, Walter Camp                               Consensus All-American,
                        and Football Foundation,                               Selected to Football
                        Football News. During his                              Writers of America, Football
                        senior year, Harris became                             News, Walter Camp Football
                        the NCAA’s all-time leader                             Foundation and Associated
                        in receiving yards with 4,518                          Press First Teams. Led NCAA
career yards and became the first receiver ever to                              Division I in interceptions
have three consecutive seasons of 1,400 yards                                  as he averaged 0.73
receiving. With his 1,650 yards in 1996, Harris led                            interceptions per game. Lee
the nation in receiving yards for the second time in                           owns the school record for
his career and was named First Team All-WAC for           career interceptions with 17, and the single-
the third straight year, as well as the Co-Offensive      season record of 8 (in both 1996 & 1997). He
Player of the Year in the WAC. Harris was also            also shares the single-game record of 3 (against
honored with the Biletnikoff Trophy in 1996 as            Montana in 1997 and versus SMU in 1996). With

Academic All-Americans
                                                                                          FIRST TEAM ACADEMIC
                                               Trenton Franz was a First Team                ALL-AMERICANS
                                               Academic All-American last season,
                                               and earned the prestigious                 Year Academic All-Americans
                                               Postgraduate Fellowship from
                                                                                          1961 Fran Miknis, G
                                               the National Football Foundation
                                               and College Hall of Fame.
                                                                                          1965 Bob Dinges, DE
                                                                                          1967 George Mills, OG
                                                                                          1973 Mike Lopiccolo, OT
                                                                                          1984 Bob Gustafson, OT/TE
                                                                                          1987 Pat Arndt, OG
                                                                                          1994 Ryan Christopherson, RB
                                                                                          1995 Joe Cummings, DE
                                                                                          1996 Jay Korth, OL
                                                                                               Cory Wedel, PK
                                                                                          1997 Jay Korth, OL
                                                                                               Brian Lee, FS
                                                                                               Cory Wedel, PK
                                                                                          1998 Brian Brown, MLB
                                                                                          2004 Trenton Franz, C

              he University of Wyoming Football program has enjoyed a rich tradition of
              attracting outstanding student-athletes to UW. The quality of these young
             men is perhaps best represented by the number of Academic All-Americans
who have worn the Cowboy colors.
      Since 1952, when the College Sports Information Directors of America
began selecting Academic All-American teams, the University of Wyoming has
produced 15 First Team Academic All-Americans.
      In six seasons over the last decade, the UW program has been honored
with at least one First Team Academic All-American. In both 1996 and 1997,
Wyoming’s football program led the nation in first team honorees with two
first team selections in 1996 and three in 1997.
      The most recent honoree is one of the school’s most decorated of all
time. Offensive center Trenton Franz was honored as a first-team Academic
All-American in 2004, by CoSIDA. The civil engineering major, finished his
academic career with a 3.81 cumulative grade-point average.
      An Academic All-Mountain West Conference honoree and Conference
Scholar-Athlete for three consecutive seasons, Franz earned a prestigious
Postgraduate Fellowship from the National Football Foundation and
College Hall of Fame. He was one of only eight NCAA Division 1-A
football players to be awarded that postgraduate scholarship. In
addition, he was one of six finalists from the state of Wyoming in
consideration for a Rhodes Scholarship. He currently is attending
Princeton for his post-graduate work.
      The First-Team All-Mountain West Conference center finished his
career with 43 consecutive starts for the Cowboys.
      Brian Lee accomplished a remarkable feat in 1997 when the
                                                                                           In 1997, Brian Lee accomplished
senior free-safety was named a First Team Academic All-American for                        a very rare feat as he earned First
his performance in the class room, and also was selected a Consensus                       Team Academic All-America honors
All-American for his performance on the field.                                              and Consensus All-America honors
      Academic All-American criteria require a student-athlete to achieve a minimum        in the same season.
3.20 cumulative grade-point average while making a significant contribution to his team
on the field.

“Cowboy Tough”

             he Classic image of a Cowboy riding a bucking horse has always been a part of Wyoming’s tradition. The design was
             first utilized by the University of Wyoming Athletics Department in the early 1920’s, when a UW equipment manager
             obtained a photograph of a cowboy, Guy Holt, riding the world famous bucking horse Steamboat. That photo was traced
and used as the logo for UW’s athletic teams, and the rest, as they say, is history.
     The famous silhouette has graced Wyoming license plates, UW athletic equipment, and many Wyoming businesses and
corporations for years. The image is one of the most recognizable symbols of the great state of Wyoming, and represents the
Cowboy way of life. To make these emotions come alive within War Memorial Stadium, UW commissioned Wyoming artist Chris
Navarro to create the sculpture “Cowboy Tough”.
     Navarro is a Casper, Wyo., native and has the reputation of being one of the country’s most renowned sculptors of western
art. He has completed many works that may be seen throughout the state of Wyoming, including the famous “Champion Lane
Frost” monument at Cheyenne’s Frontier Park. “Cowboy Tough” is an awesome sight, standing 62 inches in height, and is a visual
favorite for Cowboy fans while in War Memorial Stadium.
     “This was a great honor for me,” Navarro says. “As a proud Wyoming native, it truly was an honor for me to make this piece.
The cowboy astride a bucking horse represents the toughness, pride, spirit and independence of the people, animals and lands
of Wyoming.”

Building Wyoming’s Athletic
Legacy into the 21st Century

             he University of Wyoming has experienced remarkable success
             nationally through the years on the field and in the classroom. The
             Curtis and Marian Rochelle Athletics Center (RAC) ensures a continuation
of that success, as well as enhancing the Cowboys’ reputation across the country.
The Rochelle Athletics Center has allowed UW to continue its tradition of providing
quality academic programs side-by-side with a quality football program.
      Thanks to a $4.2 million gift from the Rochelles, the largest in school history
at the time, the facility began construction in May of 2000. It was completed in
August of 2001 at a total cost of $9.4 million.
      Located just north of War Memorial Stadium, the RAC occupies 46,140
square feet. It includes a state-of-the-art sports medicine and treatment center,
a strength and conditioning center, an academic and counseling area, and large
meeting rooms. It houses the Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame which displays           Marian and the late Curtis Rochelle
the proud athletic legacy of UW.
      The expanded academic support area provides a full range of services for student-athletes. Included are networked computer
stations, a student counseling area and study tables.
      A broader scope and greater availability of sports medicine services includes space for treatment, practice preparation,
examination/diagnosis and hydrotherapy. The strength and conditioning center allows improved weight and agility training for the
      “We wanted our gift to help create a lasting athletic legacy for the University and for the State of Wyoming,” Rochelle said after
presenting the gift. “The University of Wyoming has had a major influence in
our lives. We are proud to be a part of the tradition of academic and athletic
excellence at the University of Wyoming.”
      Born in Lusk, Wyo., Rochelle received a B.S. degree in animal science from
UW in 1941. While a student, he was president of his senior class.
      Rochelle served as a UW Trustee from 1983 through 1989, and received a
UW Trustee Award of Merit. In 1994, he was awarded the UW Medallion Service
Award recognizing his outstanding service and dedication to the University.
Marian, a native of Denver, is a graduate of Stephens College in Columbia, Mo.,
and Colorado College in Colorado Springs.
      Curtis Rochelle passed away in the spring of 2005.

More on the Horizon…

                                                                                              The University of Wyoming names the
                                                                                              playing surface at War Memorial Stadium,
                                                                                              “Jonah Field” following $5 million gift
                                                                                              from John and Mari Ann Martin and Mick
                                                                                              and Susie McMurry families. Pictured at
                                                                                              the press conference are left to right: UW’s
                                                                                              NCAA hurdle champion Shauna Smith,
                                                                                              Senator Alan K. Simpson, Susie McMurry,
                                                                                              Mick McMurry, John Martin, Mari Ann
                                                                                              Martin and UW quarterback Corey Bramlet.
              s the Cowboys take the field of War Memorial Stadium to open the 2005 home season, they will usher in a new era for one of the most picturesque
              stadiums in America. For the first time in its 56-year history, the stadium will have a new, artificial playing surface, known as Jonah Field.
                     Sporting one of the finest grass gridirons for its first 55 seasons, “The War” is now showing off a state-of-the-art artificial turf. Thanks
to the generous gifts of alumni, friends and Cowboy supporters through the Strategic Plan for Intercollegiate Athletics, the new surface was completed in
August of 2005.
       As part of a $5 million gift from Casper entrepreneurs John and Mari Ann Martin and Mick and Susie McMurry and their families, matched by the state of
Wyoming for a total of $10 million, the new surface was named Jonah Field to recognize not only the prolific natural gas field in Sublette County (Wyoming) that
made the Martin-McMurry gift possible, but also the financial contributions to state funding projects, including higher education, made over time by Wyoming’s
extractive industries. The gift was made in May of 2005.
       Gifts totalling $2 million by George and Dianna Archuleta of La Barge and Ron and Linda Flack of Cheyenne, launched UW’s Intercollegiate Athletic capital
campaign for facilities. Their gifts were made in March of 2004.
       “The benefits of the turf are many,” says UW Athletics Director Gary Barta. “It is designed to reduce the risk of injury. It gives us so much more flexibility
in scheduling our programs. The surface can be utilized seven days a week, 12 months a year. In addition it saves some $70,000 per year in maintenance costs
such as water, fertilizer, paint and people-power.”
       Known as the Desso Challenge Pro 60 Monofilament Synthetic Turf System, the new surface is equipped with artificial grass fibres specifically developed
for football. The turf was developed by DESSO DLW Sports Systems of Dendermonde, Belgium. American Civil Constructors, Inc. (ACC) of Littleton, Colo. Cost of
the entire project is $900,000.
        The fibre replicates the shape and structure of natural grass so that it wears horizontally rather than vertically. Consequently it retains the same shape
and structure throughout its life. The unique ribbed structure of the surface considerably increases its resilience. Just like the structure of natural grass, the
monofilament turf’s ribbed structure ensures that the fibres return to their original shape and position after use.
       In addition to its Belgium location, Desso has offices in Germany (Stuttgart), the Netherlands (Oss), Great Britain (London), Spain (Madrid), Italy (Milan) and
France (Paris).
       UW’s strategic plan addressed many facility needs, laying the ground work for Wyoming’s future success. While the upgrading of War Memorial, and Jonah
Field are two projects already completed, a very important one, an indoor practice facility, breaks ground this fall. The building, primarily for football and women’s
soccer, but ultimately benefitting all 17 sports, will be an impressive addition to the Wyoming athletic plant.
       “The War” opened on Sept. 16, 1950, with a 61-13 win over
Montana State. Although the stadium’s first game was Montana State,
it wasn’t quite finished, lacking a scoreboard for that first contest. The
official dedication came the next week on Sept. 23 versus nationally-
ranked Baylor. The Cowboys won that game, 7-0.
       War Memorial’s original capacity was 20,000 in 1950. It
was expanded to 25,500 in 1970, and the seating was increased
to 33,500 in 1978. Following reconstruction of the upper west
seating in the summer of 2004, War Memorial’s current capacity
is 32,580.
       When the stadium opened for the 1950 season, it marked more
than the opening of a new stadium — it marked the beginning of a
new era in Wyoming football.
       The 1950 team, coached by Bowden Wyatt, went on to post
a perfect 10-0 record, and earned Wyoming’s first bowl bid — the
1951 Gator Bowl — which UW won 20-7 over Washington & Lee on
New Year’s Day, 1951. The Cowboys ended the season with their
first national ranking, 12th in the final Associated Press rankings,
and No. 14 in the final United Press International poll.                   Construction on Wyoming’s new indoor practice facility began during
                                                                         the summer of 2006.

Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium
             he 2006 season marks the 57th season of War Memorial Stadium. “The War” opened on Sept. 16,
             1950, with a 61-13 win over Montana State.
                Although the stadium’s first game was Montana State, it wasn’t quite finished, lacking a
scoreboard for that first contest. The official dedication came the next week on Sept. 23 versus nationally-ranked
Baylor. The Cowboys won that game 7-0.
      War Memorial’s original capacity was 20,000 in 1950. It was expanded to 25,500 in 1970, and the seating
was increased to 33,500 in 1978. Following reconstruction of the upper west seating in the summer of 2004,
War Memorial’s current capacity is 32,580.
      When War Memorial Stadium opened in the 1950 season, it marked more than just the opening of a new
stadium — it marked the beginning of a new era in Wyoming Football.
      The 1950 team coached by Bowden Wyatt went on to post a perfect 10-0-0 record and earned Wyoming’s
first bowl bid — the 1951 Gator Bowl — which UW won 20-7 over Washington & Lee on New Year’s Day 1951.
The Cowboys ended the season with their first national ranking. They were No. 12 in the final Associated Press
rankings and No. 14 in the final United Press International poll.

Construction Information
     Original Cost of Project                          $1,533,333 (War Memorial Stadium and Fieldhouse Combined)
     General Contractor                                The Spiegelberg Lumber and Building Company of Laramie, Wyo.
     Architects                                        Porter and Bradley of Cheyenne, Wyo.
     Associate Architects                              Goodrich and Wilking of Casper, Wyo.
     Construction Superintendent                       Arnie Lane
     Superintendent For Architects                     Paul Towne
     Date Field Landscaping Started                    Aug. 15, 1949
     Date Field Was First Seeded                       Sept. 3, 1949
     Date Contract Was Let                             Feb. 9, 1950
     Date of Ground-breaking                           March 1, 1950
     Date of First Game                                Sept. 16, 1950 (Wyoming defeated Montana State 61-13)
     Date Stadium Dedicated                            Sept. 23, 1950 (Wyoming defeated Baylor 7-0 before 17,268 fans)
     West Side Upper Deck Added                        1970
     East Side Upper Deck Added                        1978
Elevation Information
     Wyoming’s War Memorial Stadium is the highest stadium in the country at over 7,200 feet (7,220 feet to be exact).
Attendance Information
     Original Capacity in 1950                                                            20,000
     Capacity After 1970 West Upper Deck Addition Opening                                 25,500
     Capacity After 1978 East Upper Deck Addition Opening                                 33,500
     Capacity After 2004 West Upper Deck Reconstruction                                   32,580
     Total Attendance Entering 2006 Season                                                5,037,126
     Million Milestones
           First Million:                           Oct. 7, 1967, Wyoming 26, Brigham Young 10, 75th Game in War Memorial
           Second Million:                          Sept. 17, 1977, Wyoming 27, UTEP 17, 128th Game in War Memorial
           Third Million:                           Oct. 11, 1986, Wyoming 38, Utah 14, 181st Game in War Memorial
           Fourth Million:                          Oct. 28, 1995, Wyoming 24 Colorado State 31, 231st Game in War Memorial
           Fifth Million:                           Oct. 8, 2005, Wyoming 14 TCU 28, 289th Game in War Memorial
Wyoming’s Record in War Memorial Stadium
     Number of Games Played in The War Entering 2006 Season                                                             291 games
     Wyoming’s Home Record in the 1950s                                                                             30- 9- 4 (.744)
     Wyoming’s Home Record in the 1960s                                                                             37- 4- 1 (.893)
     Wyoming’s Home Record in the 1970s                                                                             26-25- 1 (.510)
     Wyoming’s Home Record in the 1980s                                                                             44-16- 0 (.733)
     Wyoming’s Home Record in the 1990s                                                                             45-15- 1 (.746)
     Wyoming’s Home Record in the 2000s                                                                             14-19- 0 (.424)
     Wyoming’s All-Time Home Record in War Memorial Stadium                                                        196-88- 7 (.684)
     Last 10 Years in War Memorial Stadium                                                                          43-26- 0 (.623)

Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium
                                                                                                              JONAH FIELD AT
                                                                                                           WAR MEMORIAL STADIUM
                                                                                                            Year          Games          Attendance             Avg.
                                                                                                            1950            4              52,675              13,169
                                                                                                            1951            4              41,520              10,380
                                                                                                            1952            4              42,969              10,742
                                                                                                            1953            4              40,310              10,078
                                                                                                            1954            5              55,068              11,014
                                                                                                            1955            4              42,558              10,640
                                                                                                            1956            5              53,072              10,614
                                                                                                            1957            5              46,104               9,221
                                                                                                            1958            4              49,897              12,474
                                                                                                            1959            4              55,759              13,940
                                                                                                            1960            4              60,499              15,125
                                                                                                            1961            4              62,080              15,520
                                                                                                            1962            4              54,417              13,604
                                                                                                            1963            4              64,425              16,106
                                                                                                            1964            4              65,782              16,446
           onah Field at War Memorial Stadium, capacity 32,580, was built in 1950 and remains               1965            4              71,577              17,894
          one of the top football facilities in America. A beautiful artificial turf field sets off this      1966            5              80,842              16,168
          breathtaking stadium, which at an elevation of 7,220 feet, is the highest football stadium        1967            4              79,004              19,751
in America. With the crowd noise, elevation and outstanding Cowboy teams, Wyoming’s home field               1968            4              74,922              18,731
has long been one of the most feared places to play in college football. The Cowboys have won over          1969            5              80,787              16,157
69 percent of their games at War Memorial Stadium. The stadium is no stranger on the national               1970            5              94,995              18,999
scene, as national networks annually broadcast Cowboy games from this magnificent facility.                  1971            5              92,106              18,421
                                                                                                            1972            5              86,925              17,385
                                       HIGH FIVES                                                           1973            5              92,540              18,508
                                                                                                            1974            6              95,405              15,901
Single Game Attendance                     FABULOUS FIRSTS                                                  1975            5              94,493              18,899
34,745 vs. CSU (10/18/97)                  First Crowd Over 10,000: 17,268 vs. Baylor (1950)                1976            5             109,611              21,922
34,231 vs. BYU (11/10/90)                  First Crowd Over 20,000: 20,527 vs. Air Force (1959)             1977            5             124,155              24,831
32,210 vs. UTEP (11/5 /88)                 First Crowd Over 25,000: 25,406 vs. Arizona State (1976)         1978            5             114,825              22,965
31,742 vs. BYU (10/18/86)                  First Crowd Over 30,000: 30,194 vs. Air Force (1983)             1979            6             101,941              16,990
31,487 vs. Air Force (9/15/84)
                                           MILLION MILESTONES                                               1980            6             103,650              17,275
Season Attendance                          The First Million:                                               1981            6             115,749              19,292
149,625 in 1990 (7)                          Oct. 7, 1967 vs. Brigham Young (UW won 26-10)                  1982            6             100,871              16,812
142,516 in 1988 (6)                          (75th game in stadium)                                         1983            6             130,205              21,701
137,484 in 1987 (6)                        The Second Million:                                              1984            6             105,684              17,614
130,205 in 1983 (6)                          Sept. 17, 1977 vs. UTEP (UW won 27-17)                         1985            6              84,063              14,011
126,450 in 1989 (6)                          (128th game in stadium)                                        1986            6              93,977              15,663
Attendance Average                         The Third Million:                                               1987            6             137,484              22,914
24,831 in 1977                               Oct. 11, 1986 vs. Utah (UW won 38-14)                          1988            6             142,516              23,753
23,753 in 1988                               (181st game in stadium)                                        1989            6             126,450              21,075
22,965 in 1978                             The Fourth Million:                                              1990            7             149,625              21,375
22,914 in 1987                               Oct. 28, 1995 vs. Colorado State (UW lost 24-31)               1991            6             113,765              18,961
21,922 in 1976                               (231st game in stadium)                                        1992            6             115,966              19,328
                                           The Fifth Million:                                               1993            6             120,852              20,142
                                             Oct. 8, 2005 vs. TCU (UW lost 14-28)                           1994            6             113,818              18,970
                                             (289th game in stadium)                                        1995            6             116,806              19,468
                                                                                                            1996            6             117,997              19,666
                                                                                                            1997            6             117,640              19,607
                                                                                                            1998            6             107,553              17,926
JONAH FIELD AT WAR MEMORIAL STADIUM SELLOUTS                                                                1999            6             119,121              19,854
Year        Opponent                              Attendance                    Capacity                    2000            5              74,112              14,822
1959        Air Force Academy                     20,257                        20,000                      2001            6             101,732              16,955
1960        Air Force Academy                     21,217                        20,000                      2002            5              68,433             13,687*
1967        Air Force Academy                     21,623                        20,000                      2003            6              94,214              15,702
            Colorado State                        20,063                        20,000                      2004            6              98,477              16,413
1968        Utah State                            20,709                        20,000                      2005            5              85,103              17,020
1969        Arizona                               20,400                        20,000                    56 yrs.       291         5,037,126             17,309
1990        Brigham Young                         34,231                        33,500                   *The NCAA recognized Wyoming’s “Home” game at Nashville,
1997        Colorado State                        34,745                        33,500                   Tenn. (Aug. 31) in the season attendance. The average for six
                                                                                                         “Home” games was 22,609, including 67,221 at Nashville.

Wonderful College Environment
         f you are looking for a wonderful college environment, look no further than the University of Wyoming. From its’ beautiful
         mountain setting in Laramie, to its wide range of academic offerings, and its nationally-respected football program, UW offers
         a memorable college experience to its students.
      UW provides an atmosphere that allows you to achieve both
your academic and athletic goals.
      Two Cowboys who perfectly represent achievement both on and
off the football field are Trenton Franz and Brian Lee. Franz, a starting
center for the Cowboys, was an Academic All-American, and a three-
time Academic All-Mountain West Conference first-team selection. He
participated in the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship interview process
during the 2004 season. He was one of only eight NCAA Division 1-A
football players awarded an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship from
The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
      Lee accomplished a very rare feat in the late 1990’s when he
earned Consensus All-American honors on the football field, and First
Team Academic All-American honors while majoring in finance.
      The University opened Sept. 6, 1887, with one building, five
professors, two tutors and 42 students. Programs of study included
                                                                           Old Main
philosophy, arts, literature and science. We’ve come a long way
since then.
      Today, UW offers approximately 180 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through the colleges of
Agriculture, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences and Law, as well as through the Graduate School
and the Outreach School (including the University of Wyoming/Casper College Center). This wide range of choices allows each student
to explore many options to find his or her career niche. Another way we contribute to the success of our students is by offering a
large number of courses each semester, making it possible for most to graduate in four years.
      Our comfortable size and hands-on approach give students ample access to their professors who have as their primary
responsibility the education of undergraduate students. Unlike faculty at most other major research universities, our faculty teach
more than 90 percent of all credit hours. In fact, many of our most accomplished professors teach first-year courses — beginning
the mentoring process with students from the first day of class. Our students have a chance to work with world-class faculty on
cutting-edge projects that benefit people across Wyoming and around the world — projects like creating super-strong artificial spider
silk or studying stressors that contribute to cardiovascular disease.
                                                                                             At UW, we encourage students to develop
                                                                                       their full potential by becoming involved as active
                                                                                       members of the university, local community
                                                                                       and the world. Opportunities for involvement
                                                                                       in some 200 recognized student organizations
                                                                                       include student government, publications, the
                                                                                       speech and debate team, and religious and
                                                                                       cultural organizations. Many of our students
                                                                                       also take advantage of exceptional international
                                                                                       opportunities to become part of the world
                                                                                       community through Study Abroad and International
                                                                                       Programs. With so many choices, our students
                                                                                       enjoy the benefits of meeting new people, making
                                                                                       good friends, developing leadership skills and
                                                                                       gaining invaluable life experiences.

Wyoming Union

Wonderful College Environment
      UW offers a true college-town atmosphere. Laramie has a population of approximately 30,000 with a student enrollment of
13,207. The Laramie campus is composed of 80 major buildings on 785 beautifully landscaped acres. There is a pleasant mix of
modern and traditional structures, many built of native Wyoming sandstone quarried northeast of Laramie. At the heart of the campus
is the Wyoming Union, our “living room.” Fresh from a new multi-million dollar renovation, the union is where students can kick back
between classes, have a sandwich, meet friends, check out an art exhibit or study.
      National publications continue to rank Wyoming as one of the nation’s best. Barron’s Best Buys in College Education ranks UW
among the top four-year United States Institutions in its fifth edition. The Princeton Review ranks Wyoming as one of 81 “Best Value
Colleges” for 2006. UW is the perfect place for learning in a friendly yet achievement-oriented environment.
      As the state’s sole four-year educational institution, the university receives strong support from the state and its residents. There
is a dedication to making UW the best it can be in terms of its facilities, programs, people, and aesthetics. Capital improvements on
campus are a high priority, reflecting a commitment to maintaining UW’s world-class stature.
      UW has a list of distinguished alumni that would make any university proud. UW graduates include such noted sports personalities
                                                                                        as: Curt Gowdy, the most decorated national
                                                                                        sportscaster in history; Dr. Jerry Buss, owner of the
                                                                                        Los Angeles Lakers; and Jay Novacek, former All-Pro
                                                                                        tight end with the Dallas Cowboys. In the political
                                                                                        and legal arenas, UW is proud to count as an alums,
                                                                                        Vice President of the United States, Dick Cheney; Alan
                                                                                        Simpson, former United States Senator; Gen. Pete
                                                                                        Schoomaker, U.S. Army Chief of Staff; and noted
                                                                                        attorney and television personality, Gerry Spence.
                                                                                              Education at UW goes beyond our Laramie campus
                                                                                        to the entire state. Bringing educational opportunities
                                                                                        to students in all 23 Wyoming counties continues to
                                                                                        be a top priority. The Outreach School extends the
                                                                                        university’s educational programs beyond the Laramie
                                                                                        campus by offering numerous classes and several
                                                                                        degree options for undergraduates via Web based and
                                                                                        other modes of instruction. University of Wyoming/
                                                                                        Casper College Center, located in Casper, also is an
                                                                                        option for students whose families and jobs make it
Entrance to Prexy’s Pasture and Wyoming Union                                           necessary for them to seek a degree close to home.
      In a cooperative effort to develop a statewide system of higher education, UW has worked with Wyoming’s seven community colleges
to ease the transition from community college to university through common course numbering and block transfer agreements.
      New developments and innovations are always on the horizon at UW, because we are committed to our long-standing mission of
teaching, research, service and outreach.
      The University of Wyoming will continue to fulfill and expand
its great vision begun in 1886. Our past successes are only a small
measure of what we are poised to accomplish in the 21st century.

        Wyoming Union                                                        Wyoming Union

Coming Home To Wyoming

                                           Galand Thaxton waves to the War Memorial
                                           Stadium crowd at a recent reunion of his 1987
                                           conference championship team. Thaxton, and                        Rob
                                           his wife Rhonda, have three sons.                           Kellerman

                                                         he wonderful college experience that is offered by attending the
                                                         University of Wyoming is one that remains with student-athletes long
                                                         after they complete their eligibility as Wyoming Cowboys. The
                                            University, the Laramie community and the beauty of the Rocky Mountains draw
                                            UW alumni back to the region.
                                                 Included among the many former Cowboys who have returned to Wyoming to
                                            make their homes is the Cowboys’ all-time leading tackler, Galand Thaxton. Thaxton
                                            was an Associated Press All-American in 1987 as a middle linebacker. He was part
                                            of the Cowboys’ 1987 WAC Championship season. He is the only Cowboy to be
                                            elected as a team captain for both his junior and senior seasons. Thaxton returned
                                            to Laramie in 1999 to manage his own State Farm Insurance agency.
                                                 One of Wyoming’s recent outstanding offensive linemen makes his home in
                                            Laramie, and works for the Intercollegiate Athletics Department. Rob Kellerman was
                                            a four-year letterman, and three-year starter for the Cowboys from 1999 through
2002. An outstanding offensive tackle, Kellerman has returned to UW as the assistant athletic equipment manager.
     Another former Cowboy who is making his home in Laramie, is Al Rich, one of the greatest tacklers at safety Wyoming
has ever had. Rich is a police officer in Laramie. An All-American candidate for the Cowboys, his career
was cut short by injury. He was an All-Conference safety for the Cowboys, and one of the fiercest
tacklers of all time. He is a native of Colorado Springs, Colo.
     Another former Cowboy who has returned to Laramie, is Eric Worden, a four-year letterwinner
from 1988 through 1991. A native of Loveland, Colo., Worden was the most versatile offensive
linemen for the Cowboys during that era. He was a member of the 1988 WAC Championship
team. He is an engineer for the TriHydro Corporation, an environmental engineering firm located
in Laramie.
     Matt Lehning, retail manager for Brown ‘N Gold Outlet, a retail apparel company in Laramie,
                      was an outstanding player for the Cowboys. Lehning, who lettered in 1998 and
                      1999, was an outstanding free safety.
                            These individuals are only a few of the former Cowboys who make Wyoming
                      their home.

                                                                                                  Al Rich


The Support Is Here
             verybody needs a little help now and then. Our goal
             here is to give you all the support you need so that
             you may meet your goal of the best college education
possible. The Wyoming way means smiles. Friends you can relate
to and people you can count on.
      With the athletics department, the academic support staff
visits regularly with every student-athlete to be certain they
are making progress toward a degree, and to assist with any
problems that may arise. The coordinators provide assistance on
matters such as registration, degree planning, and compliance
with University, Mountain West Conference and NCAA policies
and procedures.
      Wyoming’s academic coordinators also have an excellent
relationship with the University administration, faculty and deans.
The coordinators keep faculty aware of student-athlete road trips,
while the professors and deans prepare regular progress reports
on each student-athlete throughout the year.
      The advisors on campus will advise students of academic                Office of Academic Support (left to right): Conrad Chavez,
schedules. There is a series of core freshman classes in English,              Sarah McCullough, Gwen Cotterman, Henrietta Shingleton
Math and Social Sciences which will provide a solid base for the
pursuit of any major.                                                                               UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING
      The Office of Academic Support offers programs designed to assist each student-                 ACADEMIC QUICK FACTS
athlete in achieving their athletic and academic goals. This office is staffed by four full-time
coordinators, and one full time administrative assistant. The entire staff is dedicated to
                                                                                                     Founded: 1886
achieving the program goal of providing comprehensive services to ensure a successful
student-athlete experience — academically, personally, vocationally and athletically.                President: Tom Buchanan
                                                                                                   Enrollment: 13,207
      The Office of Academic Support offers a full range of services in the following areas:
1. Academic Development                                                                            Campus Size: 785 acres
             The core of our academic-support program is the tutorial and mentor program.          Undergraduate Colleges: 6
A qualified staff of tutors and mentors assist students in clarifying their study material and,     Agriculture, Arts & Sciences,
in the case of travel, help students catch up on what material was missed. In addition to          Business, Education, Engineering,
the tutorial program, attention is given to each individual in the development of their class      Health Sciences
schedule. All UW student-athletes must take a minimum of twelve hours of classes each
semester which directly apply to their chosen degree, and appropriate scheduling is a              Graduate/Professional Colleges:
critical priority. Study skills assistance is available for those who need special help in areas   Graduate School, College of Law
including test preparation, note taking and time-management techniques. Finally, each              Average Class Size of All
student-athlete’s academic progress is closely monitored during the semester for such              Undergraduate Courses: 29
things as attendance, current grade and class participation. Steps are taken to address
deficiencies identified by student-athlete progress reports on an individual basis.                  Average Class Size of
2. Career Development                                                                              Freshmen Classes: 38
             The purpose of obtaining a college education is to prepare an individual for          Average Class Size of
meaningful employment following graduation. Needless to say, the act of choosing a                 Upper-Class Students: 20
useful major is indeed a challenging task considering the multitude of possibilities. Career
counseling is available to assist student-athletes in the very important process of selecting      Libraries on Campus:
a major that will lead to a desired career. The Office of Academic Support continues to             American Heritage Center,
establish a career network that will assist students secure employment after graduation.           William Robertson Coe (main),
3. Personal Growth and Development                                                                 Science and Technology,
             This component of the student-athlete development program consists of                 Geology, George W. Hopper Law,
presentations and workshops that address the needs and concerns of today’s student-                Film Library and Audio/Visual
athletes. Presentations feature issues such as Drugs/Alcohol Abuse, Becoming Your Personal         Services, the Learning Resource
Best, Sexual Awareness and Responsibility and Cultural Diversity. Our goal is to provide
                                                                                                   Center, Rocky Mountain
student-athletes with information that allows them to make informed choices about their
personal behavior.                                                                                 Herbarium Research Center.
                                                                                                   Student/Faculty Ratio: 15:1

Wyoming and the National Spotlight

                                                                                                The Swamp, Gainesville, FL
Joe Glenn addresses the media before the 2004 Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl.

                   yoming’s distinctive helmet adorned with the bucking horse and rider
                  logo has become a familiar sight on national television. Over the past
                  two seasons, for example, 16 Cowboy games were on regional or national
television. With the new Mountain West Conference agreement with CSTV—which
includes its own 24-hour network, The mtn. (Mountain West Sport Network).                     Kyle Field, College Station, TX
      While the Pokes were at Florida and Ole Miss last season, they travel to Virginia
(Sept. 9) and Syracuse (Sept. 30) this year. In addition to those road games, the home
schedule includes Boise State (Sept. 16), and old rivals Air Force (Sept. 23), Utah (Oct.
14), and Colorado State (Oct. 21).
      Challenging is the greatest description of Wyoming’s yearly football schedule. The
1999 Tennessee game, for example, marked the third time in the decade of the ‘90’s
that the Pokes played a National Champion.
      Over the last eight seasons, the Cowboys have played Ohio State, Georgia, Tennessee,
Auburn, Texas A&M, Washington, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss and Florida. Tough, yes, but
those kinds of opponents find their way onto the Wyoming schedule on a regular basis.          Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN
      Another tremendous boost to the Cowboys’ national image is its television
agreements through the Mountain West Conference. The MWC has remained steadfast
in its mission to promote the league’s athletic events to national and regional television
audiences. ESPN served as the league’s inaugural official television partner.
      A new era begins this fall as College Sports Television (CSTV) becomes the official
television partner for the Conference. The MWC forged a potential 14-year agreement
with CSTV, giving the fastest-growing independent cable network exclusive rights to MWC
football games. The mtn., which is the first-ever super regional sports network dedicated
solely to one intercollegiate athletic conference, will originate its first college football
telecast from Wyoming’s Jonah Field on Sept. 2 when the Cowboys host Utah State.
      The Cowboys will be featured seven times on The mtn. during the 2006 season. In
addition to the inaugural telecast, Wyoming’s home games with Boise State, Air Force,
and Utah will be telecast regionally. Three Cowboy road games will be part of The mtn.
television package, at New Mexico, at TCU and at UNLV.                                         Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH

              here is nothing like a college football gameday. From pregame tailgating, to the pageantry of bands,
              cheerleaders and mascots entertaining loyal fans, college football is unmatched in the color and
              excitement it generates.
      As players listen to last minute instructions from their coaches, the youngest fans prepare to cheer on their
  heroes from the stands. And when the game begins, sharing the day with a group of close
       friends makes the experience that much more exciting.
              The University of Wyoming is the only four-year institution of higher education in the state, meaning
          everyone is a Cowboy fan. On a gameday in Wyoming, War Memorial Stadium becomes the third largest
           city in the entire state.
                       When the game is over and the excitement of another Wyoming home victory is a reality,
                    nothing could be better than a Cowboy player and fan sharing the win through an autograph.

Reaching Out To The Community

            he University of Wyoming Athletics Department believes that a student-athlete’s
            college education reaches beyond the classroom and the playing field. UW
            student-athletes are encouraged to participate in a variety of community
      Among some of the outreach activities that Wyoming athletes have been involved in
are: Summer Sports Festivals around the state of Wyoming, fund-raising events for local
United Way agencies, family fitness nights at local elementary schools, community events
for the March of Dimes and Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and speaking engagements at
public schools and youth groups around Wyoming.
      The speaking engagements include involvement of UW student-athletes in the “Just
Say No Program” which encourages young people to say no to drugs and alcohol. Another
program that University of Wyoming student-athletes participate in is the “Teach Them
to Read” program, whereby athletes go to local elementary schools and assist children
with reading and writing skills.
      It is hoped that by interacting with the community, UW student-athletes and the
people they touch will develop a closer relationship and be able to learn from one
      With student-athletes from Florida to California, it is also reassuring to those athletes
and their families that they have an opportunity to become a part of the Wyoming
community during their years in college.

A Great Place to Learn…
           pend some time here and you’ll agree that much of UW’s character is shaped by this great “home on the range”. Laramie,
           the location of the main campus, is a safe, friendly community of 30,000 people. Nestled between the Laramie and Snowy
           Range mountains in southeastern Wyoming, it’s a beautiful, unspoiled place with a special lifestyle.
                The campus extends over 785 tree-shaded acres. There’s an attractive mix of modern and traditional structures; many
were built with native Wyoming sandstone. It’s a place where the sun shines 320 days
each year. It’s hard to be gloomy here. When you view the world from 7,200 feet, you                 Law School
see things more clearly. But it’s not just a pretty place, it’s also a place that works.
     Up-to-date facilities support the learning and research mission that makes UW
special. There are classrooms with state-of-the art computer technology, laboratories
with the latest equipment, excellent libraries, computer systems with universal
Internet access, and a long list of premier research facilities both on campus and in
the surrounding area.
     Great people, great surroundings and a great education. . . it’s all here at the
University of Wyoming.

  American Heritage Center

                                                                                                Health Sciences Building
                                                The Engineering Hall

                                                          Prexy’s Pasture

 First Class in Every Way

                                                                                               The Poke Power Plant

   The Arena-Auditorium

                                                                                          UniWyo Sports Complex

   Corbett Pool

                  ith the addition
                 of the Rochelle
                 Athletics Center (RAC),
opened in August 2001, the University of                                                                 The Glenn “Red” Jacoby Golf Club
Wyoming boasts of athletic facilities as fine as any in college sports.
      The Rochelle Athletics Center houses a 8,633 square foot strength and conditioning center, a 4,470 square foot academic center and a 4,829
square foot sports medicine facility that serves the needs of all UW student-athletes. The building occupies over 46,000 square feet, and also houses
the UW Athletics Hall of Fame.
      The RAC is part of an already impressive collection of athletic facilities that includes War Memorial Stadium, the Arena-Auditorium, Multi-Purpose
Gymnasium and the Glenn “Red” Jacoby Golf Club.
      Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium has been the home to Cowboy Football since 1950. It is one of the most picturesque settings in college
football and seats 32,580. From your seat, you can gaze at the Laramie Mountain range to the east and the Snowy Range to the west. “The War” is
the highest NCAA Division IA football stadium in the land at 7,220 feet.
      The Arena-Auditorium, opened in 1982, and seats 15,000 for basketball games, concerts, graduation and other major events. Also known as the
“Highest Court in the Land,” the Arena-Auditorium is at the highest elevation of any arena in the country.
      The Glenn “Red” Jacoby Golf Club is located on the UW campus and is named for former Wyoming Athletics Director Glenn Jacoby, who served
as UW Athletics Director for 27 years from 1946 until his death in 1973. The course measures 6,590 yards and plays to a par of 70.

Laramie…the Clear Choice
               ne of the best things about Laramie is its
               location between two beautiful mountain
               ranges. It’s a place of blue skies and clean air.
Much of the area surrounding Laramie is public National
Forest land. That means great access! You can head for
the nearby mountains and find yourself on a hiking, biking
or skiing trail within 15 minutes. There’s also nearby rock
climbing at the impressive Vedauwoo formations. You can
be downhill skiing in the Snowy Range within 45 minutes.
Laramie is convenient to the world-class skiing offered in
Steamboat Springs and other Colorado resorts.
     For a different kind of fun, you can be in Denver within
two and a half hours. There is an amazing array of culture
throughout the area, plus the tremendous sports heritage
of the Rockies, Broncos, Nuggets and Avalanche.
     With its colorful Western heritage, cosmopolitan
atmosphere, and outstanding outdoor recreation, the
Laramie area offers a unique flavor that delights visitors
from all over the world.

                                                           Things to Check Out In Laramie:
                                                             ✓     Ice skate in the park.
                                                             ✓     Rappel down a rock face at Vedauwoo.
                                                             ✓     Ski, mountain bike or hike the trails at Happy Jack.
                                                             ✓     Snowboard the slopes at the Snowy Range Ski Area.
                                                             ✓     Catch a trophy fish at Lake Hattie.

There’s No Place Like It…
              hey say it’s beauty is like no other, and you fall in
              love with its people.
                  Wyoming, it is like no place on earth. Within
it’s boundaries is America’s first and largest national park,
Yellowstone. The unbounding beauty there includes “Old
Faithful” geyser and Yellowstone Lake, the world’s largest
high-mountain lake. There is Yellowstone Falls, so awe-
inspiring, it’ll take your breath away. There are over 260
different species of animals and birds located there.
      With hundreds of miles of blue-ribbon trout-stream
fishing and various wildlife species, Wyoming appeals to
sportsmen, as well.                                                    Square
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      Wyoming’s wonders seem to be unending. There is Grand                            untain
Teton National Park, whose centerpiece is the spectacular
Teton Mountain Range. There is Devil’s Tower, America’s first
national monument. There is the world’s largest mineral hot
springs located in Thermopolis. There is the beauty of Ten
Sleep Canyon and a hundred other places.
      For breathtaking beauty, Wyoming is unmatched. Its
reputation brings millions of visitors to its borders each
year. Plus, some of the best skiing in America can be found
in Wyoming. Tourists and sportsmen can’t wait to get
here to enjoy the clean mountain air and limitless outdoor
      The history of the great American West can be heard
whistling through the trees of Wyoming. Wyoming has an
historic place in the taming of the West in the late 1800’s.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were two of Wyoming’s
most famous citizens during the era of lawlessness. There
remain plenty of reminders of an age that will live forever
in American lore.
      People are Wyoming’s strongest resource. These folks
are down to earth, friendly and helpful. And, oh how proud
they are of their Cowboys. Wyoming has some of the best
fans in America. As their only four-year university, Wyoming
folks are tremendously supportive of their teams.
      Yet, as down to earth as they are, many Wyomingites are
                                                                           Devil’s Tower National Monument
on the cutting edge of politics, entertainment and business.
Among some of the most famous are: Vice President of the
United States Dick Cheney; Dr. Jerry Buss, owner of the Los
Angeles Lakers; Dean Conger, former chief photographer
of the National Geographic Society; Curt Gowdy, the most
decorated national sportscaster in history; Al Simpson,
former United States Senator; Gerry Spence, attorney and
television personality; and General Pete Schoomaker, U.S.
Army Chief of Staff.
      For great people, great scenery and a great education,
there is no place quite like Wyoming.

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The Veterans’ Memorial Plaza
        t has been 56 years since the inaugural
        football season a t War Memorial
        Stadium. Over 4 million Cowboy fans
have witnessed the glory of Wyoming football in
its beautiful confines. The Pokes have won 68
percent of their games in War Memorial Stadium,
making it one of the most feared places to play
for opponents. However, the magnificent football
venue, along with its fieldhouse counterpart, had
very humble beginnings. The very thought of the
two structures started out as just a dream by the
UW Board of Trustees at the end of World War II in
      The ‘war to end all wars’ hit the University of
Wyoming hard, as many of its students left school
to serve their country. But at the conclusion of
the war, UW President George ‘Duke’ Humphrey,
Athletic Director Glenn ‘Red’ Jacoby and the Board War Memorial Stadium is the only state-and privately-funded memorial
                                                         to Wyoming veterans, but when it was dedicated it honored only those who
of Trustees started a state-wide campaign to help served in World War II. This Veterans Memorial Plaza now adds the veterans
raise additional money for the construction of a of all other wars, thereby making the entire stadium truly a Wyoming
new football stadium and basketball fieldhouse for veterans memorial.
the Cowboys. The two structures would be living
memorials to honor those Wyoming natives who served in World War II. The board of trustees believed that such facilities would
serve an important role in the physical development of Wyoming’s future generations.
      On September 16, 1950, the Cowboys downed Montana State 61-13 in their new stadium. A week later, September 23, 1950,
President Humphrey along with Athletic Director Jacoby dedicated War Memorial Stadium to over thirty-thousand Wyoming veterans
who bravely served in World War II. The Pokes went on to win their second home game in the stadium, 7-0 over Baylor.
      “War Memorial Stadium is a state memorial to our war heroes. Surely, there could be no better way the people of Wyoming
could memorialize the men and women of our state who served so bravely in World War II,” said Jacoby in 1950.
      Since World War II many citizens of Wyoming have served their country during times of conflict. Some even gave the ultimate
sacrifice for the values of freedom, independence, and liberty — values every person in Wyoming holds close to their heart.
      The University of Wyoming along with the Veterans Memorial Plaza committee dedicated an addition to this beautiful stadium
in 2003. The Veterans Memorial Plaza recognizes all Wyoming veterans who have bravely and faithfully served their country in any
time of armed conflict. This dedication makes true to the title “War Memorial Stadium”.
                                                        The memorial was funded almost identically to how the stadium was funded over
                                                   50 years ago. The committee received funds from the Wyoming State Legislature,
                                                   University of Wyoming, the Wyoming’s Governor’s Office, along with veterans,
                                                   corporations, and general public donations. War Memorial Stadium was funded in
                                                   the same manner as the Wyoming State Legislature and public donations footed
                                                   much of the cost of its construction.
                                                        The plaza is separated into two sections in the north end zone. As you look north,
                                                   the section on the right displays flags of every military branch; Army, Navy, Marines,
                                                   Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines. That structure also features a
                                                   dedication plaque to all Wyoming veterans as well as two plaques listing all
                                                   contributors to the memorial funding. The section to the left proudly displays the
                                                   United States flag and Wyoming’s state flag along with the P.O.W/M.I.A. banner.
                                                   The original plaque that dedicated War Memorial Stadium to the veterans of World
                                                   War II on September 23, 1950, also is located there, as is a plaque presented to
                                                   UW by Vice President Dick Cheney on Veterans Day 1999 (during the 20th Century
                                                   Commemorative of Veterans celebration).
 Gen. Pete Schoomaker, U.S. Army Chief                  The Veterans’ Memorial Plaza honors the bravery and faithful service Wyoming
 of Staff, who lettered for the Cowboys
 from 1966 to 1968, spoke to the team              veterans have given our country for over half a century. A nation, along with the
 before a recent game.                             state of Wyoming, will forever be indebted.

Plenty of Opportunity to Play in a Bowl
              s a member of the Mountain West Conference, Wyoming has plenty of opportunities for football
              postseason play. Now entering its eighth year of existence, the MWC has current agreements
              with four bowls, giving the conference at least three automatic bowl berths.
      The MWC will send a team to the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl for the seventh consecutive year
in 2005. Las Vegas Bowl XV will feature teams from the Mountain West and Pac-10 conferences. This year’s
contest will be played on December 21, 2006 and televised by ESPN.
      Since entering into its original agreement in 1999, teams from the MWC have posted a 4-3 record in the
Las Vegas Bowl. Utah claimed the MWC’s first bowl victory in the league’s young history with a 17-16 defeat
of Fresno State in the 1999 game. Again this year the host venue for the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl
will be Sam Boyd Stadium.
      On April 27, 2005, the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl organizers introduced San Diego’s newly-established
second bowl game as the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, matching the MWC against an at-
large opponent. Last year’s inaugural game saw Navy defeat Colorado State, 51-30.
      For the fourth-straight year, the Fort Worth Bowl will be played on December 23. It will feature schools
from Conference-USA and the Mountain West Conference.
      December 23, 2006 will mark the beginning of a new tradition, the New Mexico Bowl, a newly created
bowl game to be played at the University of New Mexico’s University Stadium in Albuquerque. The game will
match a MWC team against a team from the Western Athletic Conference.

                             MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE BOWL GAMES
Bowl                              Date                          Location                           Opponent
San Diego County Credit           Dec. 19, 2006                 Qualcomm                           At large
Union Poinsettia Bowl                                           San Diego, Calif.
Pioneer PureVision                Dec. 21, 2006                 Sam Boyd                           PAC-10
                                                                Las Vegas, Nev.
Fort Worth Bowl                   Dec. 23, 2006                 Amon Carter                        Conference USA
                                                                Ft. Worth, Tex.
New Mexico Bowl                   Dec. 23, 2006                 University Stadium                 Western Athletic
                                                                Albuquerque, N.M.

1999 (1-2)         AXA Liberty Bowl – Southern Mississippi 23, COLORADO STATE 17
                   EA Sports Las Vegas Bowl – UTAH 17, Fresno State 16
                   Motor City Bowl – Marshall 21, BYU 3
2000 (3-0)         AXA Liberty Bowl – COLORADO STATE 22, Louisville 17
                   Las Vegas Bowl – UNLV 31, Arkansas 17
                   Silicon Valley Football Classic – AIR FORCE 37, Fresno State 34
2001 (2-1)         AXA Liberty Bowl – Louisville 28, BYU 10
                   Sega Sports Las Vegas Bowl – UTAH 10, USC 6
                   New Orleans Bowl – COLORADO STATE 45, North Texas 20
2002 (0-3)         AXA Liberty Bowl – TCU 17, COLORADO STATE 3
                   Sega Sports Las Vegas Bowl – UCLA 27, NEW MEXICO 13
                   The Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl – Virginia Tech 20, AIR FORCE 13
2003 (1-2)         AXA Liberty Bowl – UTAH 17, Southern Miss 0
                   Las Vegas Bowl – Oregon State 55, NEW MEXICO 14
                   The Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl – Boston College 35, COLORADO STATE 21
2004 (2-1)         Fiesta Bowl – UTAH 35, Pittsburgh 7
                   Las Vegas Bowl – WYOMING 24, UCLA 21
                   Emerald Bowl – Navy 34, NEW MEXICO 19
2005 (2-2)         Emerald Bowl – UTAH 38, Georgia Tech 10
                   Houston Bowl – TCU 27, Iowa State 24
                   Las Vegas Bowl – California 35, BRIGHAM YOUNG 28
                   Poinsettia Bowl – Navy 51, COLORADO STATE 30

We Care About Your Health
                    ith state-of-the-art
                   equipment and a veteran
                   athletic training staff, the
University of Wyoming provides the best
medical care available to student-athletes.
      UW offers four full-time certified athletic
trainers, 20 student athletic trainers and
a staff of team physicians who continually
monitor the team.
      These trained sports medicine
professionals offer the best available
information and technology to prevent and
care for injuries.
      Head athletic trainer Robb Williams is in
his fourth season in the UW Training Room.
      “The sports medicine center, here
at Wyoming is based upon an integrated
approach to health care,” Williams said. “We
want our student-athletes to leave here in
better shape physically, and mentally than
when they arrived. “Our medical staff is an                                        Athletic Training Staff: (l. to r.): Carl Barnett, Joi Thomas, Bill Lyons,
                                                                                   Robb Williams and Andrea Gasser.
excellent group of sports medicine and health
care physicians whose primary concern is the                                            In addition to the wonderful care provided by Gem City Bone and Joint, there are
well-being of our student-athletes.”                                                a number of other medical professionals who work with the Cowboys, and help make
      Gem City Bone & Joint offers eight                                            UW Sports Medicine work:
surgeons who are on call for Wyoming sports                                             Cheyenne Eye Clinic                          Fast Tech Foot Labs
injury management. Should injuries occur,                                               Peak Performance Massage                     Albany Eye Care
Gem City also is able to provide expertise in                                           Laramie Spinal Care Center                   Snowy Range Vision Center
treatment and rehabilitation.                                                           Gatorade                                     Ivinson Memorial Hospital
      Additionally, the Wyoming Sports                                                  DJ Ortho                                     Family Dentistry
Medicine staff coordinates the health care
needs of student-athletes with the UW health
Service Center.
      As a demonstration of its support of UW
Athletics, Gem City Bone & Joint made a major
commitment of support to the UW Rochelle
Athletics Center for a medical treatment
facility. In recognition of that support, the
medical area of the new building is named the
“Gem City Bone & Joint Sports Medicine and
Rehabilitation Center.” The arrangement with
Gem City will benefit the RAC in the amount
of $750,000.

Robert Curnow, M.D.   Richard Southwell, M.D. Michael Wasser, M.D.   Lawrence Jenkins, M.D.   Michael Kaplan, M.D.   Thomas Bienz, M.D.   Jay Carson, M.D.   Phillip Steele, M.D.   Dan Levene, M.D.   John Z. Edwards, M.D.

Reaching Your Potential
                   aximizing the gifts you
                  have is the job of
                   the strength and
conditioning staff. One of the most
important aspects of a player’s life is
the time spent in actual preparation for
his sport. This time, which is devoted
to physically preparing the body to
withstand the rigors of the season,
consists of weight lifting, running and
flexibility work. Enhanced athletic
performance and improved resistance
to injury are the chief goals of an
effective strength and conditioning
program. To achieve these goals
requires a great deal of hard work
and discipline on the part of the
student-athlete, therefore, he must be
strongly motivated to succeed. This
motivation must come, not only from           The Poke Power Plant
the athlete, but also from the strength
and conditioning program and the coaching staff.
      At the University of Wyoming, great emphasis is placed on the
development of the Cowboys through the strength and conditioning
program. We are devoted to providing the most effective and positive training
environment possible to serve the athletes and their sport.
      In order to best serve the needs of our players, we provide easy access
to the weight-training facility. Hours to the main facility are 6 a.m. until 7
p.m. Student-athletes are scheduled based on the requirements of their
sport, either together as a team or individually. This approach allows the
strength and conditioning staff to work individually with as many athletes
as possible. A “hands-on” concept is essential to the proper teaching of
technique, and allows for better interaction with the student-athlete.
      Scott Bennett is in his eighth year as head of the Strength and
Conditioning program. He was selected as the College Division Strength
Coach of the Year in 1997. In 2004, the National Strength and Conditioning
Association (NSCA) inducted Bennett as an elite strength and conditioning
coach through its Coach Practitioner Program.
                                                                                 Strength and Conditioning Staff: (l. to r.) Nate Boukol,
     “It is our feeling that we must develop each individual. Each               Kathy Crowe, Scott Bennett and Mike Cotterman.
     student-athlete, as an individual, has special developmental needs.
     One individual may not need as much development in an area
     as another. It is our job to cater to those special needs. We will
     spend the amount of time it takes to teach our student-athletes the
     techniques and skills that will serve them best in the weight room,
     and ultimately serve them in their sport. Satisfying special needs
     for very special individuals is our goal, and we look forward to
     doing that.”
                                          — Scott Bennett
             Director of Wyoming’s Strength and Conditioning

Mission Statement
                                 University of Wyoming
                                Intercollegiate Athletics
                           Mission Statement and Core Values
                                                           MISSION STATEMENT
      The mission of the University of Wyoming Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is to provide an environment in which student-athletes complete
their undergraduate college education and achieve athletics success at the highest possible level. As Wyoming’s only four-year University, we are
committed to offering a first-class competitive athletics program at the NCAA Division IA level that promotes the values of the state and assists in
carrying out the overall University of Wyoming mission.

                                                                 CORE VALUES
     •    We must maintain a proper balance between academics and athletics.

     •    We support the student-athlete as a whole person – academically, athletically, in career development, community service, and related
          to personal well being. We believe college athletics develops discipline, character, and teamwork…all necessary ingredients for
          individual leadership and achievement.

     •    Our student-athletes, coaches, and staff must uphold a sense of character, honesty, and integrity as they serve as University and state
          ambassadors on a local, regional, and national level.

     •    We believe we can achieve athletic success on a regional and national level. We must accomplish this without compromising any of
          our other core values.

     •    We believe long-term athletic success increases exposure for the University’s academic and research mission and provides regional
          and national exposure for the state of Wyoming across the United States.

     •    We must operate in a fiscally sound manner. We strive to balance state, university, and self-generated resources to create a competitive
          and appropriate budget.

     •    We believe first-class facilities are an important part of our ability to compete at the highest level. We are committed to building and
          renovating the facilities necessary to be successful as well as maintaining the great facilities we already have.

     •    We are committed to recruiting Wyoming students prepared for Division IA competition.

     •    We are committed to being a positive campus partner. We will strive to strengthen and build relationships with students, faculty,
          administrators, and staff from other areas of campus.

     •    We are committed to being a positive city, county, and state partner. We strive to strengthen and build relationships with the Laramie
          City Council and the Laramie City operating departments, Albany County government, The Wyoming Legislature, and Wyoming state
          elected officials and state agencies.

     •    We believe in empowering individuals (student-athletes, coaches, and staff) to make decisions that will lead to their success. With
          that privilege comes responsibility and accountability.

     •    We are committed to excellence in customer service. Every UW alumnus, ticket holder, fan, or contributor must be treated with the
          utmost respect. We strive to communicate openly and honestly with every constituent.

     •    We will promote good sportsmanship in all athletic endeavors.

     •    We are committed to fair and equitable treatment of student-athletes and staff. We will maintain an environment that promotes gender
          equity and embraces diversity.

     •    Our work environment will be positive, enjoyable, and family friendly.

                                                                                                                                          (May 2006)


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