The 2011 Wyoming football season started off with heartache when four freshman players were involved in a one car accident on Labor Day. The worst part was the tragic passing of freshman linebacker Ruben Narcisse. The Miami, FL native had only been in Laramie for a few weeks.
To honor Narcisse last year the team wore decals with his initials on their uniforms and also players took turns wearing #12 each to game. The locker of Ruben has been untouched and sealed and will remain that way until his projected graduation in 2014.
In their football spring prospectus Wyoming announced that the legacy of #12 and Ruben Narcisse will continue onward in a new manner.
Beginning in the 2011 season rather than having a different player wear Narcisse’s jersey each
week, current redshirt freshman defensive end Sonny Puletasi will wear the #12 jersey for the
remainder of his career. Puletasi was Narcisse’s roommate when they both arrived on campus as
Puletasi from Lawton, OK is a talented defensive end who redshirted his first year at Wyoming. He now sits at the #2 spot at right defensive end behind Gabe Knapton and can wear #12 for the next four years. Expect big things from him this year and in the future.
The #12 jersey inspired some fantastic performances last year. Alvester Alexander rushed for 151 yards and three touchdowns against New Mexico. Keith Lewis took a BYU QB Jake Heaps interception back 55 yards for a touchdown. Chris Prosinksi had nine tackles and an interception versus Air Force. Ghaali Muhammad had 10 tackles in a road win against Toledo.
Here is the full list of players who donned #12 last year in support of their fallen teammate.
2010 Players Who Wore Ruben Narcisse’s #12 Jersey
Player Game in Which They Wore #12 Jersey to Honor Ruben Narcisse
Shamiel Gary, ss at Texas
Brian Hendricks, lb vs. Boise State
Chris Prosinski, fs vs. Air Force
Ghaali Muhammad,lb at Toledo
Devyn Harris, lb at TCU
Austyn Carta-Samuels, qb vs. Utah
Keith Lewis, lb at BYU
Oliver Schober, lb vs. San Diego State
Alvester Alexander, rb at New Mexico
David Leonard, wr at UNLV
Alex Toney, lb vs. Colorado State