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Gabe Knapton


Mead, Colo.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 263

Defensive End



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Game Action

UW This Season: Gabe Knapton has been one of the top defensive performers in Wyoming Football history. He enters his senior campaign ranked No. 11 in UW history in career tackles, with 287. Knapton needs only 16 tackles to tie for 10th on UW's career tackle chart. He has 13 career double-figure tackle games and 36 career starts to his credit. Knapton will once again team with Josh Beizuns to anchor an outstanding defensive line this fall. Knapton has continued to excel on the field after making the move to the D-line from linebacker last season.

2010: As a junior, Knapton led all UW and MWC defensive lineman with 67 tackles to earn Honorable Mention All-Mountain West Conference honors in his first year playing defensive line. The performance ranked fifth on the team and No. 25 overall in the MWC. He also finished second on UW's squad with 7.0 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks to go along with two pass breakups and a fumble recovery. Knapton notched a season-high 13 tackles, including one tackle for loss, against Air Force and also posted 10 stops, including three sacks, at New Mexico for his No. 12 and 13 career double-figure tackle games. At the team's year-end banquet, he received the Iron Man Award as UW's top performer in the strength and conditioning program.

2009: Knapton was a leader of the Wyoming defense as a sophomore in 2009. His 128 tackles in `09 ranked No. 2 on the team to Chris Prosinski, and ranked No. 9 all-time in school history for most tackles in a single season. Knapton averaged 9.8 tackles per game, which ranked No. 4 in the Mountain West Conference and No. 19 nationally. He had nine double-figure tackle games in `09. At one point in the season, he had recorded seven consecutive double-figure tackle games. His best single-game performance of the season was 17 tackles versus UNLV. That tied him for 18th in the nation for best single-game tackle performances. Knapton also had 12 tackles each vs. No. 2 Texas and No. 16 Utah. He was credited with 11 tackles in four different games (New Mexico, Air Force, Colorado State and in the New Mexico Bowl versus Fresno State), and made 10 tackles in two other games (Colorado and Florida Atlantic).

2008: Knapton ranked second on the team in tackles as a redshirt freshman, totaling 92 tackles. That ranked him No. 13 in the MWC, and tied him for No. 100 nationally in tackles per game. Knapton took over as one of the starting inside linebackers in 2008 in his first season competing at the collegiate level. He teamed with fellow inside linebacker Ward Dobbs for a total of 193 tackles. Knapton also recorded 2.5 tackles for losses, and showed he could be as effective in pass coverage as he was against the run, recording three pass breakups during the season. Against UNLV in the second to last game of the 2008 season, Knapton was credited with 18 tackles, which tied for No. 5 on the UW single-game tackle chart. In the second game of his college career, Knapton recorded 16 tackles versus Air Force. That was the 23rd best individual performance in school history at the time. Knapton had nine tackles on two other occasions -- at BYU and versus Colorado State. He made the most dramatic move of any player on the Wyoming roster during 2008 spring drills. He entered the spring as a redshirt freshman, but he emerged a few weeks later as the starting middle linebacker.

2007: Redshirted.

High School: Knapton was named both All-Colorado for all classifications and First Team All-State Class 4A by the Rocky Mountain News following his senior season of 2006. He was also an Honorable Mention All-State selection by The Denver Post, and was named All-Area Defensive Player of the Year. ranked Knapton as the No. 15 overall recruit in the state of Colorado in its Colorado Top 25 Prospects as of January 2007. That was the highest ranking of any of UW's six `07 signees from the state of Colorado. Knapton was Wyoming's first commitment in the 2007 recruiting class. As a senior, he recorded 175 tackles, including 3.0 sacks, and he intercepted three opponent passes. As a junior, he was credited with 155 total tackles, 2.0 sacks and one interception. By coming to Wyoming, he follows in the footsteps of his uncle, Jeff Knapton, who lettered four years for the Cowboys from 1984-87. As a senior at Wyoming in 1987, Jeff Knapton earned First Team All-Western Athletic Conference honors as a defensive lineman. He was a team captain of Wyoming's WAC Championship Team that posted a 10-3 overall record, a perfect 8-0 WAC record and earned a bid to the 1987 Holiday Bowl. The younger Knapton was also an outstanding baseball player at Skyline High School in Longmont, Colo. During his career, he played for two head football coaches, one being his father Bob and the other Travis Lease at Skyline. He was also recruited by Colorado and Colorado State.

Personal: Born May 10, 1989, he is the son of Sandy and Bob Knapton and has one younger brother, Luke. His father played football at Northern Colorado. In the summer of 2008, his dad was named the new head football coach at Laramie High School. Knapton is majoring in sociology.

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