Dec. 21, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming senior strong safety John Wendling has been named Second Team All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com. He was earlier selected 2006 First Team All-Mountain West Conference in voting by MWC head coaches and media members.
Prior to the start of the 2006 season, Wendling was named to the preseason watch lists for both the Jim Thorpe Award (Top Defensive Back in the nation) and Bronko Nagurski Award (Top Defensive Player in the nation). He was one of only 17 national finalists for the 2006 Draddy Trophy, which is awarded each year by the National Football Foundation (NFF) to the top football scholar-athlete in the country. He earned an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship from the NFF for being selected as one of the national finalists. Wendling ended his college career ranked No. 10 on the Wyoming career tackle list with 259.
Below are some other notes on Wendling's senior season of 2006.
John Wendling led the Wyoming Cowboys in tackles in 2006 with 78.
He ranked No. 13 in the MWC in tackles, averaging 6.5 tackles per game from his strong safety position.
He was the leader of a Wyoming defense that ranked No. 8 in the nation in total defense, allowing opponents only 262.9 yards of total offense per game.
Wendling was the leader of a Wyoming pass defense that ranked No. 9 in the nation in pass defense, allowing opponents only 156.3 yards passing per game.
He also helped lead the UW pass defense to a No. 13 national ranking in pass defense efficiency (104.9 rating).
The senior ranked No. 10 in the conference in fumble recoveries, averaging 0.17 per game.
He returned one fumble 54 yards for a touchdown against Air Force.
Three times during the 2006 season, Wendling recorded double figures in tackles -- 14 vs. Air Force, 11 at BYU and 10 vs. Colorado State.
An amazingly versatile player, he not only started all 12 games at strong safety, but he ranked second for the Cowboys in kickoff returns (11 for 202 yards), and as the personal protector on punts, he faked six punts, rushing for 119 yards.
He was elected one of two team captains in 2006.