Four Wyoming Cowboys have found themselves on the All-Mountain West team that was announced today by the conference. The Mountain West’s leading rusher, Brian Hill, the Cowboys all-time tackles for loss leader Eddie Yarbrough, one of the nation’s top offensive lineman, Chase Roullier, and the Cowboys leading tackler, Andrew Wingard all found themselves on the 2nd team All-Mountain West.
Despite the Cowboys’ 2-10 record on the season the Pokes managed to get four players earning postseason honors. The four players piled up some impressive stats this season in spite of the struggles of the team as a whole.
Brian Hill, a sophomore from Belleville, IL was named to the second all-Mountain West team. Hill was selected as a semifinalist for the Doak Walker award, an award for the nation’s top running back. Hill is currently seventh in the country in rushing yards with 1631 yards, which also leads the Mountain West. His total yards rushing are the sixth best in Mountain West history. He recorded four 200+ yard games this season. Brian Hill is also the single season rushing yards record holder passing former great, Ryan Christopherson. You can bet that Hill will be hungry to chase that 1st team all-conference selection next season. This is Hill’s first all-conference selection.
Eddie Yarbrough, a senior from Aurora, CO is now the record holder for career tackles for loss, breaking the previous record held by John Fletcher. Eddie ranked first in the Mountain West in tackles per game by a defensive lineman with 5.2 per game. He was fifth in the Mountain West in sacks with seven. He ranks ninth in career sacks with 21. Eddie was voted as a team captain his junior and senior seasons, a very deserving honor. Yarbrough was also named to the Rotary Lombardi Award watch list and the Ted Hendricks Award watch list. This was Eddie’s third time making the all-conference team. He joins only two other Cowboys, Adam Goldberg and John Fletcher, as three time all-conference selections.
Chase Roullier, a junior guard from Savage, MN was recently named by Pro Football Focus as one of the top offensive/defensive lineman in the country. He gave up one sack all season while recording 76 pancakes. Roullier graded out by coaches at 93.8% by coaches this season. He was only penalized once in 740 plays this season. His best game came against Nevada where he recorded 12 pancakes, no quarterback sacks, hurries, or hits allowed. Roullier also was voted as a team captain as a junior. This was the second all-conference selection for Roullier.
Andrew Wingard, a true freshman from Arvada, CO is the first Wyoming freshman to be voted 2nd team all-conference. Wingard led the conference in tackles, fifth in the nation in solo tackles per game with 6.9 per game. He was second in the Mountain West and 12th in the nation in total tackles per game with 10.2. Wingard finished with 122 total tackles on the season, which was good enough for 15th best in Wyoming history. Wingard was credited with seven tackles for loss and one interception. This is Wingard’s first selection to an all-conference team.