When watching Andrew Wingard play free safety for Wyoming, what do you immediately think of?
Obviously, just how hard and well he plays the game. As a true freshman last season, Wingard earned First Team Freshman All-America honors by the Football Writers Association of America. He also was a Second Team All-Mountain West selection as he ranked first in the conference and fourth in the nation with 6.9 solo tackles per game (83 total). Wingard also was second in the conference and 12th nationally with 10.2 tackles per contest (122 total).
But what else? It has to be his long, blonde hair.
Wingard said earlier this week he has no plans to cut the hair anytime soon, but later said he would if one thing happens later this fall.
“I’m thinking if we beat Nebraska that might be the buzz-cut time,” he said. “That would probably be the greatest day of my life if we beat Nebraska. If we beat Nebraska, I will buzz the hair.”
A reason behind that bold statement is that Wingard’s father, Dan, was a three-year letterman as a punter at Nebraska from 1983-85. UW plays at Nebraska this season on Sept. 10.
I have a story running in Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and also at wyosports.net on UW senior linebacker D.J. May, who made the move from running back to linebacker last season.
I also asked him what it’s like to tackle UW junior running back Brian Hill, who at 6-foot-1 is up to about 223 pounds after playing last season around 211.
“I told him if he’s going to meet me in the hole, you know where I’m going — I’m going low,” May said with a laugh.