Oct. 11, 2004
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
A record-setting Cowboy quarterback and a tireless student equipment manager received the 49th annual Admiral Emory S. Land Awards presented Saturday at Wyoming's homecoming game with San Diego State. Casey Bramlet, who is currently with the Cincinnati Bengals, and Keven Gibbs, a senior communications major, received the Admiral Land Award & Trophy, respectively.
The Admiral Land Award and Trophy are traditionally presented at homecoming in recognition of the top student athlete or athletes along with a student or group who has exhibited excellence in promoting UW athletics.
During his career at Wyoming, Casey Bramlet demonstrated leadership in the classroom and on the field. A three-year starter at quarterback, Bramlet holds Wyoming records for career passing yards, career pass attempts, career pass completions, and career touchdown passes. Hailing from Wheatland, Wyoming, Bramlet is the only quarterback in UW history to exceed 8,000 yards passing and he finished his career with 9,684 yards and 56 touchdown passes. He was elected team captain his junior and senior years. As a senior, he earned honorable mention all-conference honors and played in two post-season all-star games, the Hula Bowl and the East-West Shrine Football Classic. A four-time academic all-conference and two-time all-district selection, Bramlet graduated in May of 2003 with a degree in business administration. Bramlet is currently playing for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals, who selected him in the 7th round of the 2004 draft. He is the son of Jill and Tom Bramlet of Wheatland, Wyo.
Keven Gibbs has been a student equipment manager for the last four years. A native of Buffalo, Wyoming, Gibbs has spent countless hours working with UW equipment manager Michael (Mad Dog) Aanonsen. According to Mad Dog, he has one flaw - he spends too much time at his job. He spent the summer improving UW's athletic facilities while working for the maintenance staff. He is currently completing a bachelor's degree in Communications and plans on pursuing a career in broadcasting or public relations. His older brother Mark was also a student manager at Wyoming and a previous winner of the Admiral Land trophy as well. Gibbs is the son of William and Grace Gibbs.
The Admiral Land awards have been a special part of Homecoming since 1953. They are given as a tribute to distinguished UW alumnus Admiral Emory S. Land, class of 1898. Land was a World War II Shipping Administrator and head of the U.S. Maritime Service. At UW, he was a member of the first football team and four of the first five teams in school history.