CHEYENNE -- Do you ever see a number on a Wyoming football jersey and think of all the great players to wear it? Yeah, me too. In this daily series, I’ll give you my take on which Pokes’ football player was the best ever to don each number. The criteria are simple: How did he perform at UW? What kind of impact did he have on the program?



No. 48 – Tim Gosar

Linebacker, 1983-85, Pinedale, Wyo. 

Résumé in Laramie
Tim Gosar was a three-year letter winner for the Cowboys and was named team captain for the 1985 season. He was the first of three brothers to play at UW. A postseason award is named after the Gosar Bros. from Pinedale.

Why Gosar?
When you have an award named after you, chances are great that you will land on a list just like this.

It’s about what you did during your time at UW.

Tim Gosar made the most of an opportunity. He also started a family tradition.

The Pinedale product walked on in Laramie under head coach Al Kincaid. He made such an impression, he stuck. He played three seasons at linebacker for the Cowboys and was named a team captain during his senior campaign.

Watch him recover a fumble against Nebraska in just his second collegiate game:


Each year, the university hands out an honor entitled the “Gosar Family Walk-On” award. That’s because after Tim came Gaston Gosar then Pete Gosar. All walk-ons. All made the team and contributed.

Part of their plaque reads like this: “The Gosars all
embodied the tough, blue-collar work ethic that Wyoming Football is known for.
The teams Tim played on in the mid-80s laid the groundwork for the late 80s
success that Gaston and Pete enjoyed …”

When Tim was in Laramie, the Cowboys went from 7-5 to 3-8.
The highlight of his career was a 42-17 thrashing of rival Colorado State as a

His brothers, well, they had the luxury of team success.

Gaston Gosar (1986-88) won back-to-back Western Athletic
Conference titles under Paul Roach and played in the Holiday Bowl at the end of
his junior and senior seasons. Pete Gosar, who ran for governor of Wyoming in 2014,
played for the Cowboys from 1987-90. The Pokes won 35 games and went to three
bowl games.

Current head coach Craig Bohl carries on the tradition of the Gosar Bros. today, committing to local walk-ons each year.

Tim Gosar went on to become a football coach and teacher
before becoming a private investigator.

Who else wore No. 48
Congdon Brooks (FB), Steve Mackay (LB), Steve Roe (DT), Mark Timmer (LB), Ryan Folsom (LB), Derek Colderbank (LB), Danny Dutmer (LS), JJ Quinlan (LB), Alex Bush (LB), Jordan Ellis (FB), DJ Eliot (LB also wore No. 50), Aaron Gadeken (P), Josh Botkin (LB), Chad Muma (LB)

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