Wyoming Football Announces Six Preferred Walk-ons Who Have Committed to Join the Cowboy Football Program

Feb. 24, 2015


University of Wyoming head football coach Craig Bohl emphasized when he took over the Wyoming Football program in 2014 that he wanted to grow his team's roster by offering more walk-on opportunities for area student-athletes.  Bohl and his coaching staff took another step toward achieving that goal on Tuesday when they confirmed the names of six preferred walk-ons, who have committed to enroll at UW and join the Cowboy Football program next fall.

The six include Wyoming natives Danny Bradfield, an offensive lineman from Laramie, and Ben Wisdorf, a linebacker from Cheyenne.  The Cowboys also received four commitments from Colorado natives: Tristan Bailey, a place-kicker from Colorado Springs; Joshua Clausen, a wide receiver from Parker; Weston Dinsmore, a wide receiver from Broomfield; and Brent Gilliland, a defensive lineman from Sterling.

"Walk-ons are going to have a strong presence on our football team," said Bohl.  "We are excited to have these young men join our program, and we appreciate their commitment to help us build Cowboy Football back to a contender in the Mountain West Conference."

Preferred walk-ons cannot be confirmed by an NCAA member school until the prospective student-athletes have committed to enroll in school by paying a deposit for enrollment.  There may be additional preferred walk-ons announced by Wyoming Football once those prospective student-athletes have completed their commitment to enroll.

Tristan Bailey                       K          6-1        190       Fr.              Colorado Springs, Colo. (Rampart)

Tristan Bailey was selected First Team All-State Class 4A by The Denver Post in 2014.  He also was named Second Team All-State Class 4A as a senior as presented by the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAANow.com), ColoradoPreps.com and MaxPreps.com.  The CHSAA team was selected by Colorado high school coaches.  Bailey made 10 of 12 field goals (.833) his senior season, including converting a long field goal of 53 yards.  His 10 made field goals tied him for No. 3 in the state of Colorado in made field goals for the season.  He successfully converted 35 of 38 point-after-touchdown attempts.  Bailey scored 65 total points as a senior, averaging 5.9 points per game.  He also handled kickoff duties and averaged 56.8 yards per kickoff with 44 touchbacks on 61 kickoffs.  He helped lead Rampart High to a 7-4 overall record in 2014 and a 4-1 conference mark, placing them second in the Pikes Peak League of Class 4A.  Rampart advanced to the First Round of the 2014 Colorado Class 4A State Playoffs.  He was coached by head football coach Rob Royer.

Bailey was also recruited by Colorado and Colorado State.

Danny Bradfield                  OL        6-6        226       Fr.              Laramie, Wyo. (Laramie)

Danny Bradfield will join the Wyoming Football program after growing up in the home of the Cowboys, Laramie, Wyo.  He earned All-Conference honors as a senior, playing both offensive tackle and defensive end.  He was credited with 52 total tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss, 6.0 sacks, one pass breakup and one fumble recovery his senior season.  He tied for 19th in the state in average defensive points per game (12.0).  That ranking included all players in the state at all positions.  Bradfield was selected to play in the 2015 Shrine Bowl on June 13, 2015, in Casper, Wyo.  He played for head football coach Chuck Syverson.  Bradfield was also a key contributor on the Laramie High basketball team, and is a thrower for the Laramie High track and field team.

He is the son of former Wyoming Cowboy offensive lineman and letterman Gil Bradfield, who played for UW in the 1970s.  The senior Bradfield has also been a long-time high school football and track and field coach at Laramie High School.

Joshua Clausen                   WR       6-4        193       Fr.              Parker, Colo. (Lutheran)

Joshua Clausen was named First Team All-State Class 3A by The Denver Post in 2014.  He also was named First Team All-State Class 3A as a senior as presented by the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAANow.com), ColoradoPreps.com and MaxPreps.com.  The CHSAA team was selected by Colorado high school coaches.  Clausen concluded his high school career among the greatest receivers in the history of Colorado high school football.  He ranks No. 4 all-time in Colorado history in career receiving yards (3,523), career receptions (171) and career receiving touchdowns (45).  That ranking includes all players at all classifications of schools.  Clausen averaged 20.6 yards per reception during his high school career, and he caught a TD pass every 3.8 receptions.  His senior season, Clausen caught 58 passes for 1,211 yards, scored 19 touchdowns through the air, averaged 110.1 receiving yards per game and averaged 20.9 yards per reception.  He ranked No. 6 in the state of Colorado in receiving yards in 2014, with 1,211.  That ranking included all players in the state, regardless of size of school.  Clausen helped lead Lutheran High to a 10-1 overall record and a 7-0 record in the Colorado 7 League to win the conference.  Lutheran reached a high ranking of No. 1 in Class 3A in 2014 and entered the Class 3A State Playoffs as the No. 5 seed before losing in the First Round of the playoffs.  As a junior, he caught 46 passes for 1,022 yards and scored nine receiving TDs, and as a sophomore he had 47 receptions for 951 yards and 14 touchdown receptions.  He played for head coach football coach Blair Hubbard.   Clausen also is an outstanding basketball player.  Through the first 18 games of his senior season, he was averaging 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists for his Lutheran High team that was ranked No. 5 in the state in Class 3A with a 15-3 record.

Weston Dinsmore               WR       6-3        195       Fr.              Broomfield, Colo. (Holy Family)

Weston Dinsmore had an outstanding senior season at Holy Family High School in Broomfield, Colo.  He caught 40 passes for 754 yards and scored nine receiving touchdowns, while averaging 68.5 receiving yards per game and 18.9 yards per reception.  He also returned 20 kickoffs for 496 yards and concluded his senior season with 1,253 all-purpose yards.  Dinsmore played on a Holy Family team that posted an 8-3 record and a 6-1 conference mark to finish second in the Northern Conference of Class 3A.  Holy Family advanced to the First Round of the Colorado Class 3A Playoffs, where they were the No. 7 seed in the state.  As a sophomore in 2013, Dinsmore caught 30 passes for 417 yards and had seven TD receptions.  He played for head football coach Mike Gabriel.  Dinsmore also runs track and field for Holy Family High School.

Brent Gilliland                      DL        6-4        255       Fr.              Sterling, Colo. (Sterling)

Brent Gilliland earned First Team All-State Class 2A  as a senior as presented by the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAANow.com), ColoradoPreps.com and MaxPreps.com.  The CHSAA team was selected by Colorado high school coaches.  He was also an Honorable Mention All-State Class 2A selection by The Denver Post in 2014.  Gilliland played both offensive guard and defensive tackle for Sterling High School.  He was credited with 84 tackles his senior season, broke up four passes, recovered three fumbles and had 1.0 sack.  He helped lead Sterling High to the First Round of the Colorado Class 2A State Playoffs, where they lost a heartbreaking, one-point game (29-28) to No. 5 seed Gunnison in the opening round.  His high school football coach was Rob Busmente.  Gilliland also played baseball and competed in track and field in high school.

Ben Wisdorf                         LB         6-1        183       Fr.              Cheyenne, Wyo. (East)

Ben Wisdorf was named to the 2014 Casper Star-Tribune Super 25 Team for the state of Wyoming.  Wisdorf earned First Team Class 4A All-State honors from the Wyoming Coaches Association as a wide receiver and defensive back as a senior in 2014 and as a linebacker in 2013.  He played linebacker, free safety and wide receiver for Cheyenne East High School during his career.  His senior season, Wisdorf was credited with 105 defensive points, including 50 total tackles, 21 solo tackles, 7.5 pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and one interception.  He caught 49 passes for 588 yards and scored five receiving touchdowns as a senior.  As a junior, he helped lead Cheyenne East to the 4A State Championship.  For his career, he totalled 220 defensive points, 92 tackles, 39 solo tackles, 9.5 pass breakups, five interceptions, 4.0 sacks, three fumble recoveries and two blocked kicks.  He played for head football coach Chad Goff.  

University of Wyoming Football

2015 Preferred Walk-ons (6)

Name                                Pos.             Ht.          Wt.         Class       Hometown (Last School)                 

Tristan Bailey                     K                 6-1          190         Fr.            Colorado Springs, Colo. (Rampart)

Danny Bradfield                OL               6-6          226         Fr.            Laramie, Wyo. (Laramie)

Joshua Clausen                 WR              6-4          193         Fr.            Parker, Colo. (Lutheran)

Weston Dinsmore             WR              6-3          195         Fr.            Broomfield, Colo. (Holy Family)

Brent Gilliland                   DL               6-4          255         Fr.            Sterling, Colo. (Sterling)

Ben Wisdorf                      LB                6-1          183         Fr.            Cheyenne, Wyo. (East)