Eight Wyoming Football Players Earn All-Mountain West Conference Recognition

Nov. 30, 2010

LARAMIE, Wyo. -


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The Mountain West Conference announced its 2010 All-Conference Football Team on Tuesday and eight Wyoming Cowboys earned recognition led by senior free safety Chris Prosinski and junior defensive end Josh Biezuns, who both earned Second Team All-MWC honors.

Six other Cowboys earned Honorable Mention All-MWC accolades. Those six included four Cowboy juniors and two sophomores. The Wyoming juniors earning Honorable Mention All-MWC were: cornerback Tashaun Gipson, linebacker Brian Hendricks, defensive end Gabe Knapton and punter Austin McCoy. Wyoming's two sophomores were: running back Alvester Alexander and center Nick Carlson.

For Prosinski it was the second consecutive season he was named Second Team All-Mountain West Conference. It was Biezuns first All-Conference recognition of his Wyoming career.

Hendricks and McCoy also received All-Conference recognition for the second consecutive season. Hendricks was a Second Team All-MWC honoree in 2009, and despite being limited in 2010 due to injury he earned Honorable Mention recognition this year. McCoy achieved Honorable Mention honors for the second consecutive season.

In addition to Biezuns, the other Cowboys earning All-MWC honors for the first time in their careers were: Alexander, Carlson, Gipson and Knapton.

Some notes on Wyoming's 2010 All-MWC selections follow.

-Chris Prosinski ended his career ranked No. 4 in career tackles at UW with 373 career tackles. He ranked No. 3 in the MWC and No. 42 in the NCAA in tackles this season, averaging 9.0 tackles per game. He led Wyoming in tackles with a total of 108, marking the second consecutive season in which he had over 100 tackles in a season. He had 140 in 2009.

-Josh Biezuns tied for second in the MWC in sacks in 2010, with a total of 6.5 sacks for an average of 0.54 per game. He also tied for No. 4 in the league in tackles for losses, with 10.5 TFLs for a per-game average of 0.88. He was named the MWC Defensive Player of the Week versus Colorado State. Biezuns led Wyoming with seven tackles vs. the Rams, including 4.0 tackles for losses, 3.5 sacks and one forced fumble. He averaged 5.1 tackles per game in 2010 to tie for No. 29 in the conference in tackles among all players at all positions and ranked second among MWC defensive linemen in tackles.

-Brian Hendricks ranked 12th in the MWC in tackles as a junior, averaging 7.3 tackles per game. He missed one game, at Toledo, due to injury and despite being limited by injury much of the season he still ranked in the Top 12 in tackles in the MWC for the second consecutive season. He had four double-figure tackle games in 2010, with 14 vs. Southern Utah, 13 vs. Air Force, 12 against Boise State and 10 at New Mexico.

-Tashaun Gipson tied for No. 2 in the Mountain West and No. 23 in the nation in passes defended in 2010. He had a team-leading three interceptions for the Cowboys and broke up another nine passes for a total of 12 passes defended. His three interceptions tied him for No. 3 in the conference in that category. Gipson will enter his senior season having started the last 37 consecutive games for the Cowboys.

-Gabe Knapton ranked 25th in the MWC in tackles for all players at all positions. He led all MWC defensive linemen in tackles, averaging 5.6 per game. He also tied for No. 7 in the league in sacks, with 4.0 total sacks for an average of 0.33 per game. His best individual games of the season came against Air Force (13 tackles) and UNLV (10 tackles). Knapton also was credited with eight tackles versus Boise State and seven at TCU. He will enter his senior season of 2011 with 287 career tackles, and will need only 16 tackles to break into Wyoming's career Top 10.

-McCoy ranked No. 3 in the MWC and No. 35 in the nation in punting in 2010, averaging 42.8 yards per punt. He was named to the Ray Guy Award Watch List as a junior. The Ray Guy Award honors the top punter in the nation each year. He was named the MWC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance vs. Toledo in a 20-15 Wyoming road win. Of his 68 punts on the season, he allowed only 26 returns by opponents, he placed 17 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line and had 18 punts of 50 or more yards. His best game of the season came against Boise State when he averaged 53.2 yards per punt on five punts.

-Alvester Alexander finished his sophomore season as the league's fifth-leading rusher, with a per game average of 66.0 yards per game. Alexander also ranked 86th in the nation in rushing. He totalled 792 rushing yards and 14 rushing touchdowns on the season. His 14 rushing TDs set a new UW single-season school record. He was named MWC Offensive Player of the Week against Colorado State as he ran for 147 yards and scored five rushing touchdowns. Those five rushing TDs set a Wyoming single-game record and tied the MWC single-game record. Alexander will enter his junior season with a total of 21 career rushing touchdowns, placing him No. 7 in school history with two seasons remaining in his career.

-Nick Carlson started every game of his sophomore season at center for the Cowboy offense. He was named by the Wyoming coaching staff as the teams' best offensive lineman at the team's annual awards banquet. Over his first two seasons at Wyoming, he has started 20 of 21 games he has played in at either center or offensive guard.