April 7, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) has announced its All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year Awards for the 2005-06 academic year. The University of Wyoming was well represented with five individuals earning All-America honors.
The five Cowboys to be named to the All-America Team included two senior football players, two senior wrestlers and one senior who competed for both the Cowboy football and wrestling programs. The five Wyoming seniors honored were:
"The purpose of the NSCA Strength All-American Award is to recognize those student-athletes who use our service to better themselves physically in order to be better at their sport," said UW head strength and conditioning coach Scott Bennett. "The young men that have received this award have certainly done that and much more. This award exemplifies work ethic, leadership, as well as physical improvements and achievement."
Bouknight earned First Team All-Mountain West Conference honors his senior season; was named one of 15 semifinalists for the 2005 Biletnikoff Award, honoring the nation's top receiver; and received Honorable Mention All-America honors from the College Football News. His senior season, Bouknight ranked No. 7 in the NCAA in average receiving yards per game (101.5 yards per game), No. 10 in total receiving yards (1,116), No. 10 in all-purpose yards (160.5), No. 11 in average receptions per game (7.00 catches per game) and No. 11 in kickoff returns (27.8 yards per return)
Havens won the NCAA West Regional Championship at 197 pounds this past season, earning him a spot in the NCAA Championships in Oklahoma City where he lost two tough matches. He posted a 19-14 record for the year, including five pins and three major decisions.
Hoffschneider was named Second Team All-Mountain West in football from his noseguard position. He captured the NCAA West Regional Championship in the heavyweight division, and advanced to his third consecutive NCAA Championship. Hoffschneider ended his senior year with a 14-4 record, with four pins and 1 major decision. He posted a 1-2 record at the 2006 NCAA Championships.
Leonhardt finished second at the NCAA West Regional in the 125-pound division, but the West Region coaches voted Leonhardt into the NCAA Championships as a wild-card. Leonhardt concluded his senior season with a 16-10 record, including three major decisions. He posted a 2-2 record at the NCAA Championships, including an upset win of the No. 6 ranked wrestler in the nation. An outstanding student, Leonhardt was named First Team Academic All-District VII by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) his junior year, and will be a leading candidate again this season.
Tatnall came to Wyoming as a freshman walk-on. He earned a football scholarship and by the time he entered his senior season was a starting linebacker for the Cowboys. Tatnall was just as successful in the classroom as he was on the field and in the weight room. He was named First Team Academic All-District VII by CoSIDA his senior year, and was a Second Team selection as a junior.
Robert Jursnick, NSCA's Executive Director had this to say about the student-athletes named to this year's team. "The advantages of strength training and conditioning cannot be denied in collegiate athletics. These student-athletes attest to this understanding, and are to be applauded for their hard work and dedication."
The NSCA selected only 242 student-athletes from 160 schools to the 2005-06 All-America Team.
This year marks the 27th year of the NSCA All-American Athlete of the Year Award program. The program is made possible by a grant from Power Systems, Inc., a Knoxville, Tenn., fitness product leader.