UW football award winners

The Wyoming football team held annual football senior banquet the day after the win over CSU last Sunday. Here are the individual winners: 

Gabe Knapton earned the Iron Man Award for the second consecutive year as the Pokes’ top performer in the weight room.

The Brian Lee Scholar-Athlete Award went to junior strong safety Luke Ruff.

Tashaun Gipson was the Defensive Back of the Year.

Linebacker of the Year was Brian Hendricks. He also received the Brent Schieffer Most Inspirational Player of the Year award which is voted upon by his teammates..

Defensive Lineman of the Year was Josh Biezuns who also earned the Hammer Award (for best hit of the year) and the General Pete Schoomaker Special Forces Player of the Year.

Offensive Lineman of the Year was awarded to Brandon Self.

Brett Smith earned the Offensive Back of the Year award as well as the Coach Paul Roach Team MVP.

Wide Receiver of the Year went to Mazi Ogbonna.

Freshman of the Year was Blair Burns.

Gosar Family Walk-on of the Year was awarded to Green River defensive back Andrew Meredith of Green River.

This is an in-house thing but I think everyone was deserving of their awards. Any thoughts?


Been doing interviews with Temple players and coaches the last couple of days. Coach Steve Adazzio is in his first season after being an assistant at Florida the last six years. He’s seems like a no-nonsense type of guy, and this is what he said about his team.

“There’s no mysteries when you play us,” he said. “We’re going to try and hit you in the mouth. … No matter the scheme, we’re going to establish the run, we’re going to be a physical football team and we’re going to play great defense.”

Temple is third in the nation in scoring defense and seventh in rushing with an offensive line that has four seniors.

Working on lots of stuff for the bowl coverage, which will kick-off (no pun intented) in Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang. Be sure to check it out.


Going to get into hoops mode Friday as Wyoming plays at Colorado (5-3). UW (8-1) will try to end its 23-game road losing streak dating back to 2009.

“I think in a lot of guys’ minds we’re not trying to think about the past too much, and we’re trying to build some new steps in Wyoming basketball,” junior guard Luke Martinez said.

This is only UW’s second road game of the season, and the Cowboys’ biggest test to date, but many thought home games against Utah Valley and Bradley would be good tests. UW won those games by a combined 50 points.

Will have live tweets on Twitter from Friday’s game, which starts at 7 p.m. Follow me at: @rpgagliardi.


2 thoughts on “UW football award winners

  1. Fox/MSN, collegefootballnews, Named Bret Smith First Team Freshman QB of the Year! AND Blair Burns Third Team on defense!

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