July 28, 1999
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming Football program has enjoyed a rich tradition of attracting outstanding student-athletes to UW. The quality of the young men is perhaps best represented by the number of Academic All-Americans who have worn the Cowboy colors.
Since 1952 when the College Sports Information Directors of America began selecting Academic All-America Teams, the University of Wyoming has had 14 First Team GTE Academic All-Americans.
Over the past five seasons, the UW Football program has had at least one First Team Academic All-American each season.
In both 1996 and 1997, Wyoming Football led the nation in First Team honorees with two First Team selections in 1996 and three in 97.
Brian Lee accomplished a remarkable feat in 1997 when the senior free safety was named a First Team Academic All-American for his performance in the classroom and was also selected as a Consensus All-American for his performance on the field.
Brian Brown is Wyomings most recent Academic All-America selection. Brown, a senior linebacker in 98 who achieved a 3.84 grade point average in finance, was a First Team honoree.
Academic All-America criteria require a student-athlete to achieve a minimum 3.20 cumulative grade point average while making a significant contribution to his team on the field.
Wyoming First Team GTEYearAcademic All-Americans
1961Fran Miknis, G1965Bob Dinges, DE1967George Mills, OG1973Mike Lopiccolo, OT1984Bob Gustafson, OT/TE1987Pat Arndt, OG1994Ryan Christopherson, RB1995Joe Cummings, DE1996Jay Korth, OLCory Wedel, PK1997Jay Korth, OLBrian Lee, FSCory Wedel, PK1998Brian Brown, MLB