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71  Ryan Otterson
Ryan Otterson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Brighton, Colo.

High School:
Thornton

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 275

Position:
Offensive Tackle


UW This Season: Ryan Otterson will enter his senior season having started the last 24 consecutive games at left offensive tackle for the Cowboys. He may be Wyoming's most mobile offensive lineman and best pass blocker. He is extremely quick for his 6-5, 275-pound frame.

2008: Otterson started all 12 games in 2008 at left tackle. He helped the Wyoming offense rank No. 34 in the nation in rushing offense (178.3 yards per game). Otterson also helped pave the way for former Cowboy running back Devin Moore to rush for 1,301 yards on the season, and break the UW career rushing mark with 2,963 rushing yards.

2007: Otterson took over as the starting left offensive tackle in his sophomore season of 2007. He had big shoes to fill, as former Cowboy Chase Johnson started every game at that position the previous four seasons before moving on to play for the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL. Otterson had a very effective season in his first year, starting all 12 games.

2006: Otterson served as the backup at left offensive tackle for Wyoming in 2006. He displayed his versatility by playing right tackle in the second half of Wyoming's 34-26 road win at UNLV in the `06 season finale. Otterson played in two games in `06, and earned his first varsity letter.

2005: Redshirted.

High School: Ryan Otterson was an All-State, First Team All-Conference and First Team All-Region selection as an offensive tackle during his senior season of 2004. He also was named Front Range League Athlete of the Month in October of 2004. Otterson was elected a team captain as a senior. In addition to being an outstanding offensive tackle, Otterson made 75 tackles and recorded one sack as a defensive end. His junior season, he earned All-Conference honors as a defensive end, recording 70 tackles and six sacks. He also played tight end as a junior, accounting for over 500 yards receiving and scoring one touchdown. He lettered four years in football and three years in basketball at Thornton High. Otterson was a member of the National Technical Honor Society. He was coached at Thornton High School by head football coach Pete Vargas. Otterson was also recruited by Colorado, Colorado State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Utah.

Personal: Born Nov. 29, 1986, he is the youngest of two children of Lynn and Einer Otterson. Otterson is studying history at UW.

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