Dec. 21, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming head footballcoach Vic Koenning announced on Thursday that Josh Rollins from RicksCollege in Rexburg, Idaho, has signed a national letter of intent to playfootball for the Wyoming Cowboys.
"Josh Rollins is just the type of young man we were looking for,"said Koenning. "He is an outstanding athlete, an outstanding student and,as a native of Wyoming, he knows how important the Wyoming football programis to the people of this state. Josh is a mature young man, having servedan LDS Church mission prior to going to junior college, and I believe hismaturity will allow him to be a big contributor for us right away. This isa great beginning to our 2001 recruiting class."
Rollins is a 6-3, 255-pound defensive end, who is a native of GreenRiver, Wyo. As a sophomore at Ricks this past season, Rollins earned FirstTeam All-Western States Football League honors. He was also an All-Region18 selection, and was an Honorable Mention National Junior College AthleticAssociation (NJCAA) All-American. Rollins also excelled off the field wherehe earned NJCAA Academic All-America honors. Named Ricks' Defensive MostValuable Player, he was credited with 78 total tackles for the 2000 season,including 15 tackles for losses and 13 quarterback sacks. He also recoveredtwo fumbles, recorded 12 quarterback hurries and scored an amazing threesafeties. Rollins also had one rushing attempt for 40 yards this pastseason.
He helped lead Ricks College to a No. 9 ranking in the Final NJCAAFootball Rankings for the 2000 season. Ricks posted an 8-3 record in 2000and defeated Snow College in the Real Dairy Bowl played in Pocatello, Idaho.As a freshman in '99, Rollins started the final eight games of the season asRicks posted a 10-1 record and defeated Garden City Community College in theReal Dairy Bowl.
Prior to attending Ricks College, Rollins served a two-year LDSChurch mission in Long Beach, Calif.
He graduated from Green River High School in the spring of 1996,where he was a National Honor Society member. As a senior at Green RiverHigh, Rollins earned Super 25 honors from the Casper Star-Tribune, was namedthe Wyoming Defensive Player of the Year and earned Second Team High SchoolAll-America accolades. Green River advanced to the semifinals of the stateplayoffs in Rollins junior season of 1994, and made it to the quarterfinalsin his senior football season of '95. His high school football coach wasTom Wilson. An outstanding high school wrestler, Rollins placed third hissenior season. He also threw the shot put and discus in high school.
The son of Betty and Linne Rollins, he was born Feb. 22, 1978.Rollins and hiswife, Sally, will be moving to Laramie in early January. Rollins will jointhe Cowboy Footballprogram for the spring 2001 semester. His father, Linne, played football atWyoming for oneseason in the mid-70s. His older brother, Thor, preceded him at RicksCollege and then wenton to play at Idaho State. He has another younger brother, Beau, and twosisters, Kory andStacey.
Rollins was also recruited by Boise State, North Carolina State,Oregon, Texas Techand Utah State. He plans on studying pre-medicine.