Photos from the Wyoming Cowboys vs. the UNLV Rebels in Laramie, Oct. 27, 2007. Wyoming won 29-24.
UW This Season: John Fletcher will be one of the top defensive linemen in the Mountain West Conference and the nation in 2009. He has earned Second Team All-MWC honors each of the past two seasons, and was named to both the Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award Watch Lists during his junior season. He was voted one of four team captains entering his senior season. Fletcher ranks No. 10 on Wyoming's career sack list with 17.0 total sacks.
2008: For the second consecutive season, Fletcher earned Second Team All-Conference honors. He ranked No. 8 in the MWC in sacks as a junior with 4.5 on the season. Fletcher was a leader on a Wyoming defense that ranked No. 38 in the nation in total defense (329.7 ypg) and No. 31 in pass defense (189.5 ypg). Fletcher's top performances came against New Mexico (eight tackles and 1.0 tackle for a loss), at TCU (seven tackles and 1.0 TFL), versus San Diego State (six tackles, 2.0 sacks and one pass breakup) and versus Colorado State (six tackles). Against Bowling Green in Laramie, he made an impact in a number of different areas. He was credited with five tackles versus BGSU, and he also had 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and two pass breakups. Fletcher also had five tackles and one blocked kick at BYU and five tackles and 1.0 sack at UNLV. In the spring of 2008, he was one of only 70 individuals in the country named to the 2008 Outland Trophy Watch List, and was one of only three individuals in the Mountain West Conference to be named to the list.
2007: Fletcher had an outstanding sophomore season in 2007. He earned Second Team All-Mountain West Conference honors and ranked No. 11 in the nation in sacks, with 10.5. Fletcher was one of only seven sophomores in the Mountain West to earn First or Second Team All-Conference recognition in `07, and one of only two sophomores on defense to earn that honor. He recorded 10.5 sacks to rank No. 2 in the MWC and No. 11 in the NCAA. His 14.0 tackles for losses were fifth best in the conference and ranked 52nd in the nation. He led Wyoming in both categories. His 60 total tackles ranked him sixth on the Cowboy squad, and fourth best among defensive lineman in the MWC in 2007. He started all 12 games at defensive tackle.
2006: Fletcher played in the first nine games of `06, before being forced to sit out the final three games due to a fractured finger and subsequent infection in his right hand. He was credited with nine tackles, including three tackles for losses and two sacks as a redshirt freshman defensive tackle. At the conclusion of 2006 spring practice, Fletcher had earned the No. 2 position on the depth chart at defensive tackle behind senior Mike Groover. Earned his first varsity letter.
2005: Redshirted. He came to Wyoming as a grayshirt, enrolling at UW in January of 2005 after being part of Wyoming's signing class in February of 2004. He participated in spring drills with the Cowboys in the spring of 2005, and earned his way onto the depth chart -- being listed No. 4 at the buck position (defensive end) entering the 2005 season.
High School: Following his senior season of 2003, Fletcher was named First Team All-Colorado for all classifications at linebacker by the Rocky Mountain News and was a First Team All Class 4A selection by both the Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post. The Rocky Mountain News named him the 4A Defensive Player of the Year. His senior season, Fletcher was credited with 150 tackles, including six quarterback sacks, and two interceptions. He was named the Defensive Player of the Year in the Mountain Plains League. An outstanding option quarterback, as well, he rushed for 589 yards and seven touchdowns, while throwing for 550 yards and eight TDs. A four-year starter at Ralston Valley High School, Fletcher earned All-State and All-Conference honors his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. He was also his team's punter. His Ralston Valley team enjoyed great success during his four-years as a starter, posting a combined 40-8 (.833) record. His first three seasons, Ralston Valley qualified for the first round of the state playoffs each season before losing. As a senior, Fletcher's squad compiled an 11-1 record and advanced all the way to the state quarterfinals. Not only was he a four-year starter, but he was named a team captain his last three years. In addition to football, Fletcher excelled in basketball and baseball at Ralston Valley. His high school football coach was Matt Lloyd.
Personal: Born Dec. 6, 1985, he is one of two children of Wendy Fletcher. Fletcher was also recruited by Colorado, Colorado State, Purdue, Utah and Washington. He is studying communications at UW.