UW This Season: Dusty Hoffschneider earned Second Team All-MWC honors in his first season competing for the Cowboys. He made his presence felt quickly in 2004, starting from the very first game of the season. Hoffschneider went on to start all 11 games he played in during the `04 season. Among the preseason honors he has received for 2005 include: being named First Team All-MWC by Athlon, CBS Sportsline and Phil Steele's.
2004: In his second game as a Cowboy at Texas A&M, Hoffschneider made eight tackles versus the Aggies, including a half sack and one tackle for a loss. He also had an outstanding game against San Diego State in the MWC opener for Wyoming. Against the Aztecs, Hoffschneider made nine tackles, forced a fumble, had a half sack and a tackle for a loss. In Wyoming's triple overtime win at UNLV on Nov. 6, Hoffschneider once again tallied nine tackles -- one of them a sack and two others tackles for losses. He missed his first game of the season at New Mexico in the season finale, after separating his left shoulder vs. Utah on Nov. 13. He did bounce back from that injury to play effectively in the Las Vegas Bowl against UCLA. He concluded the 2004 season ranked fifth on the Cowboy squad in tackles, with 59, and ranked first among Poke defensive lineman. He was credited with 2.5 sacks, 6.5 tackles for losses of 30 yards, recovered three fumbles and forced one. Hoffschneider ranked No. 3 in the MWC in fumble recoveries in 2004. Hoffschneider qualified for his second consecutive NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in the heavyweight division in the winter of 2005. He was awarded a football scholarship in the spring of 2004, after joining the Wyoming Football program in the fall of 2003 as a walkon. Hoffschneider transferred to Wyoming from the University of Northern Colorado.
2003: Due to NCAA transfer rules for football, he was able to practice with the Pokes in 2003, but couldn't play in games. He was, however, eligible to wrestle for the Wyoming wrestling squad, and qualified for the NCAA Division I Championships in the heavyweight division in the winter of 2004.
2002: Played football and wrestled at the University of Northern Colorado. Hoffschneider started all 14 games as a redshirt freshman. He finished with 65 total tackles, five tackles for losses and seven quarterback sacks. He got his career off to a great start with a 2.5 sack effort against Western State in the 2002 Bears' season opener. He registered a season-high 10 tackles in a win over defending National Champion North Dakota. Hoffschneider was named Freshman Defensive Lineman of the Year in the Midwest Region by D2Football.com. He also was voted Honorable Mention All-North Central Conference as a noseguard. In wrestling, he advanced to the NCAA Division II National Championships. He played football for head coach Kay Dalton at Northern Colorado.
2001: Redshirted at UNC.
High School: At Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., Hoffschneider was one of the most accomplished football players and wrestlers in the State of Colorado. He was selected as a two-time Colorado Defensive Player of the Year by the Rocky Mountain News, and The Denver Post. He was a three-time All-State and All-Colorado selection for all classifications while helping Columbine to back-to-back Class 5A state titles (1999 and 2000). On the wrestling mat, Hoffschneider captured three consecutive State Championships and four consecutive First Team All-Conference honors. The one year he failed to capture the state championship, he finished as the state runner-up. His high school football coach was Andy Lowry.
Personal: Born April 19, 1982, he is the youngest of four children of Nancy and Rocky Hoffschneider. He is also married, and his wife, Breann, and he have one son Haegun, who was born Jan. 21, 2004. Hoffschneider's brother-in-law, Brent Schieffer, lettered in football at UW for four years (1991-94). Hoffschneider is majoring in sociology.