LARAMIE, Wyo. - For the second-consecutive season, Wyoming defensive end Eddie Yarbrough has been voted First Team All-Mountain West Conference in voting by conference head coaches and media members. Yarbrough is currently a junior for the Cowboys.
He becomes the second Wyoming Cowboy to earn First Team All-Mountain West honors in back-to-back seasons. The other was offensive tackle Adam Goldberg back in 2001 and 2002.
Yarbrough was one of only three MW student-athletes to be repeat First Team selections from a year ago. Boise State junior running back Jay Ajayi and Fresno State senior defensive back Derron Smith were the other two players to be named First Team All-Mountain West in both the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
The other Cowboy to earn All-Conference recognition this year was sophomore offensive guard Chase Roullier, who was selected Honorable Mention All-Mountain West. This was Roullier's first All-Conference honor of his college career.
"Eddie Yarbrough is very deserving of this honor, He is one of the hardest working players I have ever coached," said University of Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl. "The work ethic he brings to practices and games is second to none. As a captain this past year, Eddie provided great leadership for our program, and we are excited to have him back for his senior season in 2015.
"Chase (Roullier) is a young player in our program who was our most consistent performer on the offensive line this past season. It was good to see him be recognized for his play. We feel he has a bright future the next two seasons.
"We had some other individuals who were having outstanding seasons this year and may have vied for All-Conference recognition, but unfortunately injuries cut many of their seasons short.
"We are excited that, along with Eddie and Chase, we have a number of key players returning next year as we look to build Wyoming Football back to a contender in the Mountain West Conference."
Yarbrough, who hails from Aurora, Colo., finished his junior season ranked No. 2 among Mountain West defensive linemen in tackles, averaging 5.2 per game, and fifth in solo tackles, with 31 total solo tackles. He led Wyoming in both tackles for loss, with 10.5 total TFLs, and quarterback sacks, with a total of 4.0. Yarbrough ranked second for the Cowboys in total tackles (63). He also forced one fumble versus San Jose State, recovered a fumble against Florida Atlantic and broke up a pass against Utah State.
Yarbrough was amazingly consistent in his junior season, recording four or more tackles in nine of Wyoming's 12 games. His season high game in tackles came against then No. 9 ranked Michigan State. Yarbrough was credited with nine tackles versus the Spartans. He had eight tackles and a season high 2.0 sacks and season best 3.5 tackles for a loss against San Jose State. The junior also was credited with eight tackles, 1.0 sack and 2.0 tackles for a loss against Utah State. He made seven tackles, including 1.0 tackle for a loss versus Air Force, and had two six-tackle games against Boise State and Fresno State. All six of his tackles versus Fresno State were solo stops.
He concluded his junior season ranked No. 3 in school history in tackles for loss, with 28.5 for his career. He needs only 7.5 tackles for a loss to become Wyoming's all-time leader.
Roullier, a native of Savage, Minn., started all 12 games at left offensive guard for the Cowboys in his sophomore season of 2014. He was one of only two Cowboy offensive linemen to start every game this year -- the other being junior center Rafe Kiely. Roullier has started 16 of 22 career games, including the last 15 consecutive games.