Dec. 14, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
On Tuesday, two University of Wyoming freshmen football players earned All-Freshman honors from Phil Steele's Publications. Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Patrick Mertens and redshirt freshman linebacker Devyn Harris were both named to the Phil Steele's 2010 Postseason All-Freshman Team. Mertens was named to the Second Team, and Harris was a member of the Fourth Team All-Freshman squad.
Mertens started all 12 games at defensive tackle for the Cowboys this past season. He recorded 39 total tackles, 2.0 quarterback sacks and 3.0 tackles for losses in his first season competing for the Cowboys. His best individual games of the season came against: Air Force, with seven tackles; versus Boise State (five tackles); against San Diego State (five tackles); and versus Colorado State (five tackles). He also recorded both of his sacks versus CSU in the season finale.
Harris started eight games during his redshirt freshman season. He was credited with 47 total tackles, had 3.0 tackles for losses, four pass breakups and recovered one fumble. Harris' best individual performances were versus: Air Force and TCU, with eight tackles in each game; and at New Mexico (seven tackles). Harris also recorded five tackles and recovered a fumble versus Boise State, and he had five tackles against both Toledo and Colorado State.
Mertens and Harris were two of only eight Mountain West Conference freshmen to be named to Phil Steele's 2010 All-Freshman Teams.