Jan. 7, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming freshman strong safety Shamiel Gary was named a First Team Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and Aon Insurance on Thursday.
Gary was one of only 28 freshmen in the country to be named to the ninth annual FWAA Freshman All-America Team, and he was one of only 14 true freshmen named to this year's team.
The native of Tulsa, Okla., had an outstanding first season for the Cowboys. He recorded 98 tackles to rank fifth on the Cowboy squad. That also ranked him No. 8 in the Mountain West Conference in tackles. He had three interceptions on the season, tying him for No. 8 in the Mountain West. His three interceptions all came in his first college game against Weber State. By intercepting three passes in a single game, he tied a Wyoming single-game record, and he tied with nine other individuals for the best single-game performance in the NCAA this season.
"We are very proud of Shamiel (Gary) for receiving this honor," said University of Wyoming head football coach Dave Christensen. "He has worked extremely hard since he arrived on campus last summer. He did an outstanding job for us as a true freshman, and it will be great to have him as a member of our defense for the next three seasons."
Gary was one of only two Mountain West Conference freshmen to be named to the 2009 FWAA Freshman All-America team. The other was BYU offensive lineman Braden Hansen, who was a redshirt freshman.
Gary becomes the first Wyoming Cowboy to be named to the FWAA Freshman All-America Team since its inception in 2001.
This year's team was selected by an 11-person panel of the Football Writers Association of America.
The complete release of this year's team and links to past years' FWAA Freshman All-America Teams can be seen at the following link: http://www.sportswriters.net/fwaa/news/2009/allamerica100107.html.