This group of 14 seniors represents many things to the Wyoming football team. It represents the end of an era with three members of the final recruiting class under Joe Glenn. Those three are starting offensive linemen Nick Carlson, Josh Leonard and Kyle Magnuson. Then there are four that were members of the Dave Christensen's first recruiting class that have played all four years:WR Chris McNeill, LB Ghaali Muhammad, DT Mike Purcell and S Luke Ruff.
Five of the seniors are junior college players who decided to continue their careers at Wyoming. Everyone in this group has played on the defensive side of the ball: LB Korey Jones, DT Kurt Taufa'asua, DT B.J. Sumter, DE Miraldo Michel and S Luke Anderson.
The two others are LB Partrick Hartford and LB Oliver Schober. Schober only had two years of eligibility when he signed with Wyoming out Munich, Germany. Due to his age the NCAA wouldn't allow him play four years. Schober was the first German to sign with the Pokes and started the pipeline that has continued to this day.
Injuries are part of football. Unfortunately they have taken a heavy toll this year and several seniors won't be able to suit for their final game. WR Chris McNeill injured a tendon in his knee in the win over UNLV and will be unable to play. He was having a career season and led the team with 63 receptions for 722 yards. He was on the verge of breaking in the Wyoming record books for career receptions.
Taufa'asua injured himself several weeks ago in practice and has not played since October 27th. Luke Ruff has been out even longer with his last appearance happening on October 6th against Nevada. Schober has battled injuries all season and has not playedin November. Miraldo Michel is the one player that is injured but may have a shot at dressing. He played last week and is second at the depth chart at left defensive end.
We appreciate what all of these seniors have helped contribute to the program. They have definitely left the program in better shape then when they entered. They helped set the atmosphere and foundation for what has turned into a positive era in Wyoming football with two bowl appearances. A number of the players that joined them as freshmen have left, but they have stayed and stuck things. This season may have not met the expectations but the Pokes have won three in a row and they can make it four with a victory on Saturday.
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