McGuffey Named to Football News Freshman All-America Team

Dec. 19, 2000


University of Wyoming wide receiverRyan McGuffey has been named a Second Team Freshman All-American in the mostrecent issue of the Football News. McGuffey, who started all 11 games forthe Cowboys in his redshirt freshman season of 2000, was joined on theSecond Team by wide receiver John Standeford of Purdue. The First TeamFreshmen All-America wide receivers were Jabar Gaffney of Florida and RoyWilliams of Texas.

McGuffey led the Mountain West Conference in receptions this pastseason, averaging 5.73 receptions per game. He also ranked 26th in the NCAAin receptions. McGuffey set freshman records at Wyoming for catches andreceiving yards this past season. He ended the 2000 season with 63receptions for 696 yards. The previous UW freshman records were: 25receptions, held by Wendell Montgomery (1996) and Ryan Yarborough (1990),and 456 receiving yards, held by Montgomery.

"This is a well-deserved honor for Ryan (McGuffey)," said Universityof Wyoming head football coach Vic Koenning. "He had an outstandingfreshman season. Ryan is the latest in a great tradition of Wyomingreceivers. We know he is the kind of young man who will continue to workhard, and I'm sure this will be the first of many awards for him during histime at Wyoming."

Below is the complete listing of the 2000 Football News All-FreshmanTeam.

First TeamOffenseQB      Phillip Rivers, North Carolina StateRB      Rich Alexis, WashingtonRB      Mewelde Moore, TulaneWR      Jabar Gaffney, FloridaWR      Roy Williams, TexasTE      Jeremy Johnson, Fresno StateOL      Michael Munoz, TennesseeOL      Lenny Vandermade, USCOL      Mark Wilson, CaliforniaOL      John Bennett, Georgia TechOL      Travelle Wharton, South CarolinaPK      Steve Azar, Northern Illinois

DefenseDL Darnell Dockett, Florida StateDL DeMarco McNeil, AuburnDL Terrell Suggs, Arizona StateDL Nathaniel Adibi, Virginia TechLB Richard Seigler, Oregon StateLB Daryl Smith, Georgia TechLB Grant Wiley, West VirginiaDB Ken Hamlin, ArkansasDB Stuart Schweigert, PurdueDB Michael Jolivette, ArizonaDB Derrick Strait, OklahomaP Cody Scates, Texas A&M

Offensive Freshman of the Year: Jabar Gaffney, WR, FloridaDefensive Freshman of the Year: Darnell Dockett, DL, Florida State

Second TeamOffenseQB Rex Grossman, FloridaRB LaBrandon Toefield, LSURB Clarence Farmer, ArizonaWR Ryan McGuffey, WyomingWR John Standeford, PurdueTE Jason Van Dam, Bowling GreenOL Joey Forster, OregonOL Brian Ottney, Michigan StateOL Dennis Alexander, AlabamaOL Antonio Hall, KentuckyOL Nick Romeo, SyracusePK Carter Warley, Virginia Tech

DefenseDL Jeff Womble, Florida StateDL Dewayne White, LouisvilleDL Kalen Thornton, TexasDL Jason Kaufusi, UtahLB Ryan Fowler, DukeLB Kendyll Pope, Florida StateLB Rod Davis, Southern MississippiDB Sean Weston, Texas A&MDB Phil Jackson, ColoradoDB Lynaris Elpheage, TulaneDB Brandon Ratcliff, New MexicoP Adam Coles, Connecticut