May 3, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Three former University of Wyoming football standouts earned their shot at the next level over the weekend, when they received invitations to NFL free-agent minicamps.
Alvester Alexander, Tashaun Gipson and Brian Hendricks will participate in upcoming minicamps with three NFL teams. Running back Alexander signed with the Chicago Bears, defensive back Gipson signed with the Cleveland Browns and linebacker Hendricks signed with the Washington Redskins.
A junior in 2011, Alexander found the end zone often in his UW career, finishing with 27 career rushing TDs in three seasons. That was third on UW's all-time list. That total included a single-game record five touchdowns versus CSU in 2010 and 14 for the season, a UW single-season record. He finished with 2,127 rushing yards, ninth in UW history.
Gipson was a ball-hawking defensive back as a four-year starter. He ended his career starting all 50 games he played at UW. Versus CSU in the last regular-season game of 2011, Gipson snagged his ninth interception of his career, moving him into fourth-place all-time in UW history with four other players. He played at safety and cornerback for the Pokes. He was a Second Team All-Mountain West selection as a senior.
Hendricks was a four-year contributor for Wyoming and produced one of the best careers at the linebacker position in UW history. As a senior, Hendricks had 13 tackles in his last game as a Cowboy, the New Mexico Bowl, to move to No. 11 on UW's all-time tackles list. Hendricks finished his Wyoming career with 309 tackles, just two shy of tying for 10th place. His 23 tackles vs. Air Force was the best single-game performance in the NCAA in 2009 and set the Wyoming school record. It also tied him for the Mountain West single-season record. Hendricks was a three-time all-conference selection in the Mountain West, earning Second Team honors as a senior.