47th Time the Two Rivals Will Battle for the Bronze Boot
Jovon Bouknight, one of the greatest receivers in University of Wyoming and NCAA history, returned to the Cowboy Football program in the spring of 2008 to serve as an offensive graduate assistant. Bouknight will work with the Cowboy receivers in his new graduate assistant role.
He concluded his college career ranked No. 20 in NCAA history in both career receiving yards (3,626) and career receptions (250). After graduating from UW in the spring of 2006, Bouknight signed a free agent contract with the Carolina Panthers and went to camp with the Panthers in the summer of `06. He later played in NFL Europa in the summer of 2007, before signing as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers later that summer and attended camp with Tampa in `07. Having taken his shot at professional football, Bouknight decided to pursue a career in college coaching and will begin that pursuit at his alma mater.
His senior season, he was one of only 15 semifinalists for the 2005 Biletnikoff Award, which honors the nation's top college receiver each season. He also earned Honorable Mention All-America honors from College Football News in 2005. He earned First Team All-Mountain West Conference honors as a senior in voting by MWC coaches and media. The College Football News also selected him to its All-Mountain West Conference First Team. For the 2005 season, he ranked No. 9 in the NCAA in average receiving yards per game (101.45 yards per game), No. 15 in total receiving yards (1,116), No. 10 in all-purpose yards (160.45), No. 12 in average receptions per game (7.00 catches per game) and No. 11 in kickoff returns (27.75 yards per return). He concluded his career ranked No. 2 in Mountain West Conference history in both receptions (250) and receiving yards (3,626). In Wyoming school history, Bouknight ranks No. 3 in career receiving yards behind former All-Americans Marcus Harris (No. 1 with 4,518 receiving yards from 1993-96) and Ryan Yarborough (No. 2 with 4,446 from 1990-93). Harris was the 1996 Biletnikoff Award winner. Bouknight ranks No. 2 in school history in career receptions, trailing only Harris with 259. Bouknight also completed his career as Wyoming's all-time all-purpose yardage leader (5,921 all-purpose yards) and career kickoff return leader (2,016 kickoff-return yards). He caught at least one pass in 47 consecutive games, which was also every game of his college career and is the UW school record. He actually caught at least two passes in each of those 47 career games.
"Jovon Bouknight is one of the greatest receivers in college football history, and is a young man who we had the pleasure to coach here at Wyoming," said Glenn. "He was one of the best competitors I have ever had the pleasure of being around. He was instrumental in leading us to the Las Vegas Bowl in 2004 and in helping us get the win over UCLA. To have him back in our program to share his knowledge and competitive spirit with our players will make us better. I am thrilled he wanted to begin his coaching career here at his alma mater."
A native of Denver, Colo., Bouknight was an outstanding quarterback at Manual High School in Denver. He received his bachelor's degree from Wyoming in 2006.