UW This Season: Zach Bolger enters his senior season at Wyoming as one of the returning starters at wide receiver for the Cowboys. He started 12 of the Cowboys' 13 games in `09, and finished the season as the team's second leading receiver. Bolger returned to his home state of Wyoming in 2008 after beginning his college career at Jamestown College in Jamestown, N.D., where he earned NAIA Honorable Mention All-America honors as a sophomore in 2007. He played his high school football at Natrona County High School in Casper, Wyo.
2009: Bolger came to Wyoming in the spring of 2008 as a walk-on, but he earned a scholarship and became a starting wideout for the Pokes in `09. He ranked second on the team in both receptions (28) and receiving yards (314). Bolger saved the best game of his senior season for last, catching four passes for 55 yards in the New Mexico Bowl win over Fresno State. The four catches tied a personal best, and the 55 yards receiving set a new personal best. His next best performances in terms of receiving yards came at Florida Atlantic (45 yards on two catches) and at San Diego State (36 yards on two receptions). His other top receiving days of the season were: at Utah (four catches for 26 yards); against BYU (three receptions for 32 yards) and versus Texas (three catches for 21 yards). Bolger scored his one touchdown of the season on a spectacular 28-yard pass play down the sideline versus New Mexico.
2008: Redshirted to satisfy NCAA transfer rules. He came to Wyoming from Jamestown College in Jamestown, N.D., where he played his first two years of college, culminating in a very successful sophomore season.
Jamestown College: Bolger had an outstanding season as a sophomore at Jamestown College, catching 58 passes for 1,144 yards and 13 touchdowns. He earned All-Dakota Athletic Conference honors and was an Honorable Mention All-American at the NAIA school. Jamestown posted a 9-2 record in 2007, won the Dakota Athletic Conference championship and advanced to the first round of the NAIA playoffs. In his freshman season at Jamestown, he caught three passes for 71 yards as Jamestown went 8-3 and played in the first round of the playoffs. He played for head coach Tom Dosch.
High School: He attended Natrona County High School in Casper, Wyo., where he earned All-State and Casper Star-Tribune Super 25 honors as a senior in football. He served as a team captain of a Natrona team that posted a 9-2 record his senior season and advanced to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. He had 44 receptions for 505 yards and four touchdowns his senior season, while intercepting six passes and recovering two fumbles which he returned for touchdowns on defense. Bolger also returned 18 kickoffs for 475 yards and two TDs. His junior year, Natrona built a 9-2 record and finished as the runnerup for the state title. He had 24 receptions for 475 yards and four TDs as a junior. Also an outstanding track and field athlete, he won the state triple jump title in 2006, and captured the state long jump title in 2005. He played for head football coach Steve Harshman.
Personal: Born Oct. 22, 1987, he is the oldest of two sons of David Bolger. He is majoring in communications at UW.