LARAMIE, Wyo. -
WYO-Vision had a chance to sit down with Wyoming free safety Andrew Wingard this week to talk about his remarkable freshman season of a year ago and ask him what his goals are for the future. We also talk with Cowboy secondary coach Curt Mallory about Wingard's ability to transition so quickly from being the Colorado Gatorade Player of the Year as a high school senior to a top level college player in one season.
In 2015, Wingard had one of the most outstanding individual seasons by a freshman in University of Wyoming school history. As a true freshman, he was one of only 29 individuals in the nation named to the First Team Freshman All-American Team by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). Wingard earned Second Team All-Mountain West Conference honors in voting by conference head coaches and media. The native of Arvada, Colo., led Wyoming in tackles, with 122. Those 122 tackles rank as the 15th best single-season performance in school history, and made him the first freshman in school history to record 100 or more tackles in a single season. He ranked No. 1 in the MW and No. 4 in the NCAA in solo tackles (6.9 per game), was No. 2 in the conference and No. 12 in the nation in total tackles (10.2 per game) and led all Mountain West defensive backs in tackles in 2015. Wingard entered the starting lineup in the second game of his freshman season and started the final 11 games of the year.