Yesterday Phil Steele released his Midseason All-Mountain West teams and a few Wyoming players made the cut. Only one Wyoming player made it on the offense and all the rest were defense or special teams. Seems like pretty accurate rankings for Wyoming players and athletes from the rest of the schools.
Any hit or misses here?
The only player I thought that may have been left out is S Chris Prosinski who is second on the team with 67 tackles, one interception, two forced fumbles and a blocked kick.
THIRD TEAM OFFENSE
WR - Zach Bolger
There haven't been many highlights for the offense this season but Bolger has been a pleasant surprise. On the season Bolger has 15 catches for 262 yards and two touchdowns. Most of those stats came from a big opening game against Southern Utah in which he had 134 yards receiving and scored both of this touchdowns. Bolger did miss two games against Toledo and TCU due to an injury so he is averaging over 50 yards per game in the five contests that he has appeared.
David Leonard could be considered for this spot instead with his 25 catches for 277 yards plus a score. I think Bolger has had more of an impact this year so I'm glad he got the nod over Leonard.
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
P - Austin McCoy
It can be argued that McCoy could be the Pokes MVP so far this season. Not always a great thing to rely on your punter but McCoy has been solid all year. McCoy ranks second in the nation in total punt yardage and is 14th in average/net. average per punt. As an added bonus he also has one pass completion for 34 yards and QB rating of 385. He has been a huge help in the field position battle for the Cowboys.
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
LB - Ghaali Muhammad
In his first year at linebacker Ghaali Muhammard has certainly made himself at home quickly. Muhammad is tied with Chris Prosinski for second on the team with 67 tackles. He has reached double digit tackles three times and his low mark was eight tackles against TCU. Four of his tackles were for a loss and he has also added one sack. The converted running back out of high school also returns kickoffs and is averaging 23.4 yards per return.
S - Shamiel Gary
The leading tackler on the team Gary has 72 tackles on the year with an even split between solo and assisted tackles. Also credit him with the always rare interception of Kellen Moore when the Cowboys hosted Boise State. While his tackling numbers are impressive there have been some lapses in pass coverage this season. Twice against TCU he bit hard on play action passes that left his receiver wide open for easy scores.
THIRD TEAM DEFENSE
CB - Tashaun Gipson
The younger brother of Marcell Gipson really stepped up his work ethic during the off season and it shows. Tashaun is now bigger and more physical and has been allowed to play more man on man coverage this year. On the year Gipson has 14 tackles, 1 sack and one interception. He is set to be a leader in the secondary next year when his brother and Chris Prosinski both graduate.