* University of Wyoming press release

LARAMIE -- The Cowboy football team will open Spring Football on Tuesday, March 26 under first-year head coach Jay Sawvel. The Cowboys return another veteran group on both sides of the ball, as Wyoming has made six bowl-game appearances in the last eight seasons.

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The Cowboys will practice 15 times in the spring including the annual spring game on Saturday, April 27 at 1 p.m. at Cheyenne East High School, as the game will be free and open to the public with gates opening at Noon.

Sawvel returns a core of veteran players to his roster including three players who earned All-Mountain West honors a season ago along with the MVP of the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl.

Jordan Bertagnole earned Second-Team All-MW honors and is joined by Wyett Ekeler (Honorable Mention) to anchor a veteran group that also features the return of linebacker Shae Suiaunoa and host of other returners, as Wyoming brings back six of their top seven tacklers from last season.

The Wyoming offense welcomes back honorable mention All-MW running back Harrison Waylee along with a strong group that includes tight end John Michael Gyllenborg and quarterback Evan Svoboda, as he helped lead the Pokes to a comeback win in the win over Toledo in the Arizona Bowl. Kicker John Hoyland was named the MVP of the 2023 Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl.

Open Practices on April 6 and April 13

Fans will get an opportunity to see the Cowboys in person three times with a pair of open practices alongside the spring game. The first open practice will be set for an 11 a.m. start on April 6, a youth football clinic will be held prior to practice at 10 a.m. Practice on April 13 will start at a time to be released at a later date.

Youth Clinic on April 6

Join Cowboy Football on Saturday, April 6th for a FREE youth clinic. The clinic is open to all kids ages 6-12. The clinic will start at 10 a.m. and run for 45 minutes before the Cowboys practice. Check-in will start at 9:15 AM. Stick around after the clinic to watch the Cowboys practice.

Schedule of Events

9:15 AM - Check-in for clinic begins
10:00 AM - Youth Clinic
11:00 AM - Cowboy Football Practice (Open to the public)
2024 Schedule

• After opening the season at Arizona State, the Cowboys will play four of their next five contests inside War Memorial Stadium in Laramie.
• The Cowboys will host another Big 12 foe, this time in BYU, on Saturday, Sept. 14. The two teams met in Provo in 2022.
• Wyoming will open the Mountain West portion of the schedule on Saturday, Sept. 28 hosting Air Force. Both teams won nine games last season.
• The Cowboys will face San Diego State in the two teams first meeting in War Memorial Stadium since the Mountain West Championship game in 2016.
• Wyoming will face Utah State in the Battle for Bridger's Rifle on Saturday, Oct. 26.
• The Pokes will host Boise State in a key Mountain West contest on Saturday, Nov. 23 in the final home contest of the season.

• The contest against Arizona State will mark back-to-back seasons that the Cowboys have faced a team from the Big 12 Conference to open the season.
• Wyoming will faceoff against North Texas on Saturday, Sept. 21. It marks the first meeting between the schools.
• Wyoming's first road contest in conference play will be a trip to San Jose State on Saturday, Oct. 19.
• Wyoming will face New Mexico on Saturday, Nov. 2 and head to Fort Collins for the Border War against Colorado State on Saturday, Nov. 16.
• Wyoming closes the regular season at Washington State. The contest is part of a scheduling agreement between the conference and both WSU and Oregon State. The games against OSU and WSU will not count toward the conference standings, and neither Pac-12 school is eligible for the MW championship game.

University of Wyoming’s Top 50 Football Players

During the summer of 2021, 7220Sports.com counted down the Top 50 football players in University of Wyoming history, presented by Premier Bone & Joint Centers, Worthy of Wyoming.

The rules are simple: What was the player's impact while in Laramie? That means NFL stats, draft status or any other accolade earned outside of UW is irrelevant when it comes to this list.

This isn't a one-man job. This task called for a panel of experts. Joining 7220's Cody Tucker are Robert GagliardiJared NewlandRyan Thorburn, and Kevin McKinney.

We all compiled our own list of 50 and let computer averages do the work. Think BCS -- only we hope this catalog is fairer.

Don't agree with a selection? Feel free to sound off on our Twitter: @7220sports - #Top50UWFB

Gallery Credit: 7220Sports.com

- University of Wyoming’s Top 50 Football Players

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