Dec. 3, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Wyoming senior team captains Ward Dobbs and Devin Moore earned First Team All-Mountain West Conference honors on Wednesday in balloting by the conference's nine head coaches and media representatives from each school.
The two seniors were the only First Team selections for the Cowboys. Junior defensive tackle John Fletcher earned Second Team honors for the second consecutive year.
Four other Pokes were named Honorable Mention All-MWC honorees. Senior offensive linemen Tim Bond and Kyle Howard each were selected to the Honorable Mention list, as were junior defensive end Mitch Unrein and sophomore free safety Chris Prosinski.
Dobbs selection to the First Team was the third consecutive season he received recognition on the All-Mountain West team. He was a Second Team selection as a sophomore in 2006, and was Honorable Mention as a junior in 2007. Dobbs led Wyoming in tackles in 2008 with 101 total tackles. He averaged 8.4 tackles per game to rank No. 50 in the nation. He also tied for the team lead in interceptions with three. He returned two of those interceptions for touchdowns -- one against Tennessee and one versus Colorado State. The Fairbanks, Alaska native concluded his career with 343 career tackles to rank No. 5 in school history.
Moore led the Mountain West Conference in rushing with 1,301 yards. He also was the league leader in all-purpose yardage with 2,008 all-purpose yards in 2008. For the Indianapolis, Ind., native it was the first All-Conference recognition of his career. He ranked No. 17 in the NCAA this season in average rushing yards per game (108.4), and he ranked No. 8 in all-purpose yardage, averaging 167.3 yards per game. Moore ended his Wyoming career as the Cowboys' all-time leading rusher with 2,963 career rushing yards, breaking the previous record of Ryan Christopherson (2,906 rushing yards from 1991-94). His 2,008 all-purpose yards set a new Wyoming single-season record, breaking the old mark of 1,837 all-purpose yards by former Wyoming All-America wide receiver Marcus Harris in 1996.
Fletcher achieved Second Team honors for the second straight year. He had 4.5 sacks on the season, 6.5 tackles for losses and 54 total tackles. Fletcher tied for No. 8 in the MWC in sacks this season. He moved into 10th place on the Wyoming career sack list in 2008. The junior from Erie, Colo., will enter his senior season in 2009 with 17.0 total sacks.
For Howard and Unrein, it marked the second consecutive season they received Honorable Mention honors. Bond and Prosinski earned the honor for the first time in their Wyoming careers.