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UW This Season: Eddie Yarbrough will be a leading All-America candidate in 2015. He was named a First Team All-Mountain West selection both as a sophomore in 2013 and as a junior in 2014 in voting by conference head coaches and media. Yarbrough was named to the 2014 Rotary Lombardi Watch List and the 2014 Ted Hendricks Award Watch List. He ranked No. 2 among all Mountain West defensive linemen in tackles as a junior after leading all MW defensive linemen in tackles as a sophomore. The Aurora, Colo., native has made 194 tackles and 28.5 tackles for loss during his college career. He will enter the 2015 season ranked No. 15 among active FBS players in tackles for loss and No. 6 among active FBS defensive linemen, averaging 0.81 TFLs per game (28.5 TFLs in 35 career games). Yarbrough is poised to become Wyoming's all-time leader in career tackles for loss. He needs 7.5 TFLs his senior season to move into the top spot.
2014: He had another outstanding season, earning First Team All-Conference accolades from conference head coaches and media for the second consecutive season. Despite drawing the attention of opposing offensive lines, he still ranked No. 2 among all Mountain West defensive linemen in tackles, averaging 5.2 tackles per game (63 total tackles in 12 games). He had 10.5 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks on the year. Yarbrough had a season high nine tackles at Michigan State, including a quarterback hurry. He recorded eight tackles, including 2.0 sacks and 3.5 tackles for a loss versus San Jose State, and also had eight tackles 1.0 sack and 2.0 tackles for loss versus Utah State. He added seven tackles vs. Air Force and six each against Boise State and Fresno State. He was selected a team captain as a junior.
2013: Yarbrough was a breakout player for UW as a sophomore, earning First Team All-Mountain West accolades. Among his 89 tackles were 12 TFLs, a team-high mark, along with 6.5 sacks, a career high. His six TFLs were the sixth-best mark in Cowboy single-season history. He led all MW defensive linemen in tackles per game (7.4). Against Nebraska, Yarbrough tallied a career-high 13 tackles. For the season, he added a pass breakup, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and a blocked extra point.
2012: Yarbrough had a strong redshirt freshman year, starting the last three games of the season. He led the Pokes with four sacks for minus-18 yards. He had a dominant performance versus UNLV, tallying seven stops, including three sacks and four tackles for loss. From his defensive end spot, he had 42 tackles and six tackles for loss. Against New Mexico, Yarbrough had a career-high 11 tackles. He earned his first letter.
High School: Yarbrough was one of the select individuals in the state of Colorado to be named to The Denver Post All-Colorado All-State First Team for all classifications in 2010. The Denver Post also named Yarbrough to the First Team All-State squad in Class 5A, the largest classification in Colorado. Rivals.com ranked Yarbrough as the 31st-best outside linebacker in the nation with a three-star rating. Rivals also ranked Yarbrough as the No. 6 overall recruit in the state of Colorado at all positions, and the No. 2-ranked linebacker in the state of Colorado. He helped lead Grandview to an 8-5 record and the semifinals of the state playoffs his senior season. As a junior, Yarbrough was an Honorable Mention All-State selection by The Denver Post, and his Grandview team posted a 6-5 record, advancing to the second round of the state playoffs. Yarbrough earned four letters in football and lettered two years in track and field. During high school, he was named an Aurora Scholar-Athlete. He played for head coach John Schultz at Grandview High.
Personal: Born April 24, 1993, he is the son of Dana and Eddie Yarbrough and has two sisters, Erica and Amanda. His father played football at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, and his uncle, Raymond Jackson, played football at Colorado State. Yarbrough was also recruited by Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State, Indiana and Kansas State. He is pursuing a degree in business administration at UW.