Cowboy Football Two-A-Days: #5 and #55

Aug. 27, 2012

Laramie, Wyo. -


Chuck Pagano
Strong Safety


Strong safety Chuck Pagano a Boulder, Colo., native lettered three seasons for the Cowboys an played under head coaches Pat Dye and Al Kincaid. Pagano helped lead the 1981 Cowboys to an 8-3 overall record. That season was highlighted by a 55-21 blowout over Colorado State and a 33-20 victory over BYU in consecutive weeks. Pagano went on to an excellent coaching career and is now the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. He is the first Wyoming graduate to become a head coach in the National Football League.


Pete Benedetti
Free Safety


Another Boulder, Colo., free safety Pete Benedetti is a Cowboy career leader in interceptions and is known for one of the great plays in UW history. Benedetti concluded his career with seven interceptions which is tied for No. 9 in school history. He is also remembered by Cowboy fans for one of the most exiting plays in UW history. In a 1984 contest against Utah, the Pokes and the Utes were tied at 14 with just over two minutes left as Utah was driving inside the Cowboy five yard line. The Utes ran an option pitch play when Benedetti intercepted the pitch and returned it 98 yards for the game-winning score. Wyoming won the game 21-14. His efforts in 1984 earned him All-Western Athletic Conference honors. During the 1983 and '84 season Benedetti led the Cowboys to back-to-back victories over Colorado State including 42-17 win in 1983.

Current Cowboy to Wear #5:

Korey Jones
6-2 / 225
Defensive End/Linebacker
Garden City CC
Fort Collins, Colo.

Current Cowboy to Wear #5:

Trent Sewell
6-2 / 197
Wide Receiver
Bothell HS
Bothell, Wash.