#120CowboyTough, 16 Days to Kickoff: `Receiver U'

Aug 16, 2013


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`Receiver U'

From 1990 through 1996, Wyoming football became synonymous with high-flying aerial offensive attacks. Two players put UW on the map as "Receiver U" for their abundance of talent and eye-popping statistics: Ryan Yarborough and Marcus Harris.

Yarborough set the standard for UW pass catchers from 1990-93 when he twice led the nation in total receiving yards. In 1992, he caught 86 balls for 1,351 yards. The next year, he did even better with 1,512 yards on 67 receptions. He finished his career with 4,357 yards receiving, which set the NCAA record at the time and still ranks fifth in NCAA history. He had three 1,000-yard receiving campaigns (tied for first in NCAA history) and caught 42 TD passes. He remains the NCAA all-time leader in highest average gain per reception at 19 yards per catch.

After Yarborough was gone, Harris stepped up and began setting UW and NCAA records. From 1993-96, Harris tallied 4,518 yards, breaking Yarborough's record and currently is No. 3 in NCAA history, had 24 100-yard receiving games (No. 2 in NCAA history) and had three 1,400-yard receiving seasons, which is the top mark all-time in NCAA history. Harris won the Biletnikoff Award in 1996, given to the nation's top wide receiver.

Yarborough and Harris own nearly every single UW receiving record, and are featured prominently in the all-time top-10 lists for Cowboy receivers. Harris is atop the career yards, career receptions, single-season yards, single-game yards and single-game receptions lists, while Yarborough owns the marks in career TD receptions, single-season TD receptions and highest average TD catches per game. Both Harris and Yarborough were two-time All-America honorees.

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.