LARAMIE, Wyo. - Six Wyoming Cowboys were recognized on Thursday by Phil Steele Publications as members of its 2015 All-Mountain West Conference teams. Senior defensive end Eddie Yarbrough and sophomore running back Brian Hill were both selected to Phil Steele's First Team All-Mountain West squad. Freshman free safety Andrew Wingard was named to the Second Team. Three Cowboys juniors, offensive guard Chase Roullier, wide receiver Jake Maulhardt and kick-off returner D.J. May were named to the Third Team. All but senior Yarbrough will return for the Cowboys next season.
Yarbrough led all Mountain West defensive linemen in tackles in 2015, averaging 5.2 tackles per game. He also ranked fourth in the MW in sacks, with 7.0 on the season. Yarbrough concluded his Wyoming career as the all-time leader in tackles for loss, being credited with 39.0 over his four-year career. He tallied 10.5 tackles for loss in 2015. Yarbrough ranks No. 9 in school history in career sacks, recording 21.5 as a Cowboy.
Hill led the Mountain West Conference in rushing yards (1,631) and average yards rushing per game (135.9) this past season. He also ranked No. 8 in the nation in both categories. His 1,631 rushing yards and 135.9 yards per game set new UW single-season rushing records, breaking the former records of 1,455 yards and 121.3 yards per game originally set by Ryan Christopherson in 1994. Hill will enter his junior season of 2016 with 2,427 career rushing yards, placing him fifth on the UW career chart. Hill will need only 536 more yards to tie former Cowboy Devin Moore for the Wyoming career mark of 2,963 rushing yards.
Wingard, who started at free safety as a true freshman this season, led the Cowboys in total tackles, with 122. His 122 tackles rank as the 15th best single-season total in school history. He ranked No. 2 in the MW and No. 12 in the nation in tackles, averaging 10.2 per game. He averaged 6.9 solo tackles as a freshman, ranking him No. 1 in the conference and No. 4 in the nation.
Roullier has been Wyoming's top offensive linemen throughout the past two seasons. He has started 28 of 34 career games for the Pokes, and has started the last 27 consecutive games.
May averaged 26.3 yards as Wyoming's kick-off returner. That ranked him No. 3 in the league and No. 21 nationally. He totalled a combined 650 yards in kick-off and punt returns, placing him No. 2 in the conference and No. 38 in the NCAA. A former running back for Wyoming, May earned a starting spot as a linebacker and nickel back in 2015.
Maulhardt caught eight touchdown passes his junior season to lead the Mountain West and rank No. 28 in the country. He averaged 4.75 receptions per game to rank sixth in the conference, and averaged 54.4 yards per game to rank seventh in the MW. Maulhardt led Wyoming with 57 receptions on the year. His 653 receiving yards ranked second on the team.