Saturday's Matchup Will Feature Two Bowl Teams From 2011
Images from Wyoming's 44-0 victory over Colorado State in Laramie on Nov. 20, 2010.
Images from Wyoming's game against Utah in Laramie, Oct. 16, 2010.
Images from Wyoming's season-opening win over Southern Utah, 28-20 in Laramie, Sept. 4, 2010.
Images from the third scrimmage of fall practice for the 2010 Wyoming Cowboys, Aug. 21.
Images from the first scrimmage of fall drills for the 2010 Wyoming Cowboy Football team, Aug. 13.
UW This Season: David Leonard had a breakout season in `09, earning Honorable Mention All-Mountain West Conference honors as a wide receiver. Leonard will no doubt be one of the Mountain West Conference's and the nation's leading receivers in 2010. He will enter his senior season as one of his team's leaders, having been voted by his teammates as a captain this past spring. Leonard was not only Wyoming's leading receiver in `09, but he ranked No. 3 in the Mountain West Conference and No. 30 in the nation in receptions. He also became one of the nation's best punt returners ranking 15th in the country and No. 2 in the MWC in punt returns. He has 106 career receptions, and needs only eight more to break into the Wyoming Top 10 for his career.
2009: Leonard's 77 receptions in 2009 tied him for the fourth best single-season total in Wyoming history with former Cowboy great Jovon Bouknight, who had 77 catches in 2005. The three single-season performances that rank ahead of Leonard's are owned by former Cowboy All-Americans Marcus Harris and Ryan Yarborough. Harris had 109 receptions in 1996, the year he won the Biletnikoff Award. Yarborough caught 86 passes in 1992, and Harris had 78 catches in 1995. Leonard also had 705 receiving yards as a junior, and his 54.2 yard-per-game average was seventh best in the conference. Leonard's value to the Cowboys was not only as its leading receiver. He also served as an extremely effective punt returner, ranking No. 2 in the conference and No. 15 in the NCAA in punt returns, with an average of 12.9 yards per return. He led the Pokes in all-purpose yardage, averaging 72.1 yards per game -- good enough for 13th in the MWC. Leonard's best individual game was against Florida Atlantic. He caught 13 passes for 97 yards versus FAU. Those 13 receptions tied him for No. 7 on the UW single-game list. It also ranked as the 21st best single-game performance in the country in 2009. Amazingly consistent, he made seven catches in four other games -- against Weber State, Air Force, BYU and Fresno State in the New Mexico Bowl -- and had six receptions four times -- versus Texas, Colorado, UNLV and Colorado State. Two of his seven catches in the bowl game were touchdown catches, including the game winner in the second overtime. At the year-end Wyoming Football awards banquet, Leonard was named the team's Receiver of the Year.
2008: Leonard ranked third for the Cowboys in receptions (16) and fourth in receiving yards (187) as a sophomore. He led UW in punt returns, averaging 7.4 yards per return for the season. As a sophomore, he also ranked fifth on the team in all-purpose yards, with 268. Leonard's best game of `08 was against Bowling Green. He caught four passes for 39 yards versus BGSU. He caught three passes in two other games -- versus Ohio and at BYU. His longest reception of the season was a 33-yarder versus Colorado State. He started slowly in the early part of spring football following offseason hernia surgery, Leonard came on strong at the end of spring practice.
2007: Leonard caught 13 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns as a true freshman in 2007. His best individual games came against Boise State, with four receptions for 36 yards, and versus UNLV, with three catches for 45 yards and one touchdown. His other TD reception came against Ohio.
High School: Leonard was one of the top players in the state of Kansas in 2006, and played on one of the state's best teams. He earned First Team All-State honors as a wide receiver from both the Topeka Capital-Journal and Wichita Eagle-Beacon. The Topeka Capital-Journal also named Leonard to its All-Class Top 22 team. As a defensive back, Leonard was named First Team All-State by the Kansas Coaches Association as a senior. He was selected to play in the Kansas-Missouri All-Star Game in the summer of 2007. Not only did he earn All-Metro honors, but he was named the Kansas City All-Metro All-Purpose Player of the Year. Leonard also was selected as the Old Spice Red Zone Kansas Player of the Year. Rivals.com ranked Leonard as the No. 17 overall recruit in the state of Kansas in its Kansas Top 25 Prospects as of January 2007. Rivals.com described Leonard as "a real steal for Wyoming." Leonard played for Shawnee Mission West High School in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kan. He helped lead Shawnee Mission West to a 12-1 record and the 6A State Championship Game in the state of Kansas, before the Vikings fell to Hutchinson High by a score of 21-14. The 6A classification is the largest in the state of Kansas. Leonard had 563 yards receiving as a senior and scored 13 receiving touchdowns. He averaged 12.5 yards per punt return, returning 24 punts for 300 yards and two touchdowns. He also averaged 26.3 yards per kickoff return, running back 11 kickoffs for 289 yards. As a defensive back, Leonard recorded 35 total tackles, with six interceptions and five pass breakups. He returned his six interceptions for 144 total yards and one TD. He also starred on Shawnee Mission West's basketball team that posted an 18-5 record and captured the 6A District and Sub-State Championships in the spring of 2007. He earned Second Team All-State in basketball from both the Topeka Capital-Journal and Wichita Eagle-Beacon. Leonard played for head football coach Tim Callahan at Shawnee Mission West. He was also recruited by Air Force and Kansas State.
Personal: Born Feb. 17, 1989, he is the youngest of two sons of Christy and Mike Leonard. Leonard is studying communications at Wyoming.