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Selection Committee Chairman Mike Schutte announced the Class of 2012 on Saturday at the men's basketball game vs. Boise State.
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.
UW This Season: Shamiel Gary stepped into Wyoming's starting lineup at strong safety from the very first game of his true freshman season. Gary went on to become the first Wyoming Cowboy to be named a First Team Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) since the freshman All-America team was established by the FWAA in 2001. He returns, along with Wyoming's other three starters from 2009, to form a very experienced and talented secondary for the Cowboys in 2010.
2009: Gary started 12 of 13 games at strong safety for the Pokes in 2009. In his first-ever college game, Gary intercepted three passes versus Weber State. That tied him with nine other individuals in the nation for the best single-game interception performance in the NCAA in `09. Gary tied for the team lead in interceptions in 2009 with three, and tied for No. 10 in the Mountain West Conference in interceptions. He ranked fifth for the Cowboys in tackles (98) and ranked No. 11 in the MWC, averaging 7.5 tackles per game. His six passes defended tied him for third best among his teammates. The freshman had five double-figure tackle games, including: 15 at Colorado, and 10 each vs. New Mexico, Air Force, BYU and TCU.
High School: Gary played on a Booker T. Washington team that captured the Oklahoma 5A State Championship in 2008, with a 13-1 record. Gary was named the 5A District 3 Defensive Player of the Year, while being credited with 124 tackles and 8.0 sacks from his safety position. On offense, he threw for 530 yards and rushed for another 70 yards. He was joined in the 2009 Wyoming recruiting class by his high school teammate T.J. Smith, who is projected as a receiver for the Cowboys. Gary played for head football coach Antwain Jimmerson at Booker T. Washington High School.
Personal: Born May 31, 1990, Gary's parents are Gwen Evans and Steven Gary. He was also recruited by Air Force and Kansas State. Gary hopes to study agricultural business at Wyoming.