#120CowboyTough, 39 Days to Kickoff: DePoyster Begins Tradition of Great Kickers

July 24, 2013

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DePoyster Begins Tradition of Great Kickers

Armed with a strong leg and the nation's highest football field, Jerry DePoyster set the standard for collegiate kicking from 1965-67. As a sophomore, he was sixth in the nation in punting (43.2 yard average) and booted the fourth-longest field goal at 49 yards. That was a preview of what was to come. As a junior, he led the country in scoring (71 points) and set five NCAA field-goal records. In his last season, he was second in the nation in scoring (66 points), had an 81-yard punt and a 55-yard field goal (then Wyoming and WAC records) and was named an All-American. He left UW in 1967 as the NCAA all-time field-goal kicker and kick-scoring leader.

Depoyster was an example for kickers nationwide with his ability to pin offenses deep with great punts and also kick the ball into the end zones for touchbacks. He also set the bar high for future UW kickers, several of whom were among the nation's best in later years.

About the #120CowboyTough Countdown

The 2013 season will mark the 120th anniversary of Wyoming Cowboy Football. To commemorate that anniversary, we will be counting down some of the great memories and moments from Wyoming football history over the next eight weeks leading up to the Cowboys' season opener at Nebraska on Aug. 31.

The 2013 "Countdown to Kickoff" will take Wyoming fans through Cowboy Football history chronologically. The first week will highlight some of the memorable moments from the period from the first season in 1893 through the 1940s. Then each successive week, the countdown will recall great moments from the 1950s, `60s, 70s, 80, 90s, 2000s and the current decade.

Our countdown will only touch on some of the greatest moments, but we encourage you, the Wyoming fans, to share your favorite memories through the official University of Wyoming Athletics Twitter (@wyoathletics) and Facebook pages (Wyoming Cowboys). Fans are encouraged to use #120CowboyTough when sharing their memories.

Enjoy the countdown, and we look forward to seeing you in War Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 7 for the home opener versus the Idaho Vandals.