Honor given by National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame
11 Cowgirl Volleyball Members Honored
Two student-athletes have international background
Head coach Dave Christensen named Coach of the Year and quarterback Brett Smith named Freshman of the Year.
Images from the third scrimmage of fall practice for the 2010 Wyoming Cowboys, Aug. 21.
UW This Season: Clayton Kirven should once again play a significant role on UW's offensive line as he enters his senior season in 2011. The senior has started 34 of the 36 career games he has played at Wyoming. He has experience playing both left and right tackle positions, including starting nine games at left tackle and two at right tackle in 2010. Kirven ended 2011 spring drills No. 2 on the depth chart at left tackle behind fellow senior John Hutchins.
2010: Kirven was a solid contributor on the offensive line during the season, as he started 11 of the 12 games he played. He helped block for UW running back Alvester Alexander, who gained 792 yards and scored 14 touchdowns on the season. He started the first five games at left tackle, came off the bench versus TCU, started the next two games at right tackle and concluded the season with four starts back on the left side. For the third consecutive year, he was named to the Academic All-Conference team in 2010.
2009: Kirven developed into an outstanding offensive tackle for the Wyoming Cowboys, as he played in 13 games and started the final 12 of the season on the left side of the line. At the team's end-of-season banquet, Kirven was named the team's Top Offensive Lineman. He moves well for an offensive lineman, and he provides good size to go with his mobility. He was named to the Academic All-Conference team for the second time in his college career in 2009.
2008: He earned the starting right tackle position as a redshirt freshman and started 11 of 12 games in `08. The only start he missed was against New Mexico due to an injury. He developed rapidly as a college football player. In the spring of 2008, the Wyoming coaching staff experimented with moving senior Kyle Howard from right tackle to right guard, his original position in college, and placing Kirven in the starting lineup at right tackle. Kirven proved to the coaches that their confidence in him was deserved as he held down that starting spot the entire season. He helped the Wyoming offense rank No. 34 in the nation in rushing offense (178.3 yards per game). Kirven also helped pave the way for former Cowboy running back Devin Moore to rush for 1,301 yards on the season, and break the UW career rushing mark with 2,963 rushing yards. Kirven earned Academic All-Conference honors for the first time as a Cowboy.
High School: Kirven was named to the Casper Star-Tribune Super 25 Team following his senior season of 2006. He also was named First Team All-State in Class 4A by the Casper Star-Tribune both as a junior in 2005 and a senior in `06. WyoPreps.com named Kirven an All-State and 4A East All-Conference selection in `06. Rivals.com ranked Kirven as the No. 1 overall recruit in the state of Wyoming in its Wyoming Top Prospects as of January 2007. Kirven helped lead Buffalo High School to back-to-back Wyoming 4A State titles in 2004 and 2005 and a 27-game winning streak beginning his sophomore season and ending his senior season. His senior season, he helped Buffalo win a third consecutive 4A East Conference Championship and advance to the semifinals of the state playoffs for a third consecutive season before falling to eventual 4A state champion Powell. He was credited with 77 total tackles as a senior, and had 16 tackles for losses. During his high school career, Buffalo High School posted a 29-3 record in football. Kirven was selected to play for the North squad in the 2007 Wyoming Shrine Bowl Game. He also participated in basketball and track and field in high school. Buffalo High won the state basketball championship his junior year, posting a 23-2 record. His senior year, Buffalo placed third at state and his sophomore season finished fourth. He was an Honorable Mention All-State selection in basketball as a senior. A team captain in both football and basketball at Buffalo High, Kirven played for head football coach Pat Lynch. Kirven was also recruited by Colorado State.
Personal: Born May 22, 1989, he is the son of Tina and Larry Kirven. Kirven is majoring in kinesiology and health promotion.