Receiver U

July 28, 1999


When talking about college receiving records there is one school that has set itself apart from the rest -- that school is the University of Wyoming. A look at the NCAA Record Book for Career Receiving Yards shows two Wyoming receivers atop the list -- No. 1 Marcus Harris and No. 2 Ryan Yarborough.

For three consecutive seasons from 1994-96, Marcus Harris ranked first, second and first in the nation in receiving yards per game. He ended his career as the NCAA record-holder for most receiving yards (4,518) and most 100-yard receiving games in a career (24). He also is the only receiver in NCAA history to have more than 1,400 yards receiving in three different seasons. Harris was a Consensus All-American in 1996 and won the Biletnikoff Award, symbolic of the nation's top receiver.

Prior to Harris setting the NCAA record for most yards receiving in a career, he was preceded at UW by former NCAA record-holder Ryan Yarborough. Yarborough amassed 4,357 yards receiving in his career, earning him First Team All-America honors in 1992 (by the Football Writers) and in 1993 (by Associated Press).

The third receiver that adds to Wyoming's claim as "Receiver U" is another NCAA record-holder --Jay Novacek. Novacek, who played tight end at Wyoming from 1982-84, still holds the NCAA record for highest average gain per reception by a tight end in a single season (22.6 yards per reception). Novacek was a Kodak All-American in 1984. He then went on to achieve All-Pro status with the Dallas Cowboys. Novacek retired from professional football in the summer of 1997.

In 1999, Wyoming has another leading All-America candidate. He is senior wide receiver Wendell Montgomery. Montgomery enters his senior season ranked No. 3 in school history in career receiving yards with 2,150, trailing only Harris and Yarborough.