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85  Ryan McGuffey
Ryan McGuffey

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Riverton, Wyo.

High School:
Riverton

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 216

Position:
WR


UW This Season: Ryan McGuffey is already in exclusive company in University of Wyoming history. At a university that prides itself on producing outstanding receivers, McGuffey trails only Marcus Harris (1996 Biletnikoff Award winner and Consensus All-American), Ryan Yarborough (two-time All-American in 1992 and `93) and Wendell Montgomery (two-time All-Conference receiver in 1998 and `99) in terms of career catches. McGuffey has 163 career receptions. Harris (259), Yarborough (239) and Montgomery (181) lie ahead. McGuffey also ranks seventh in career receiving yards at UW (1,864 career yards) as his final season begins. With a typical McGuffey year, he should join the company of Harris, Yarborough and Montgomery as the four best receivers ever at "Receiver U". The Riverton, Wyo., native returns for his final season healthier and stronger than ever, as he looks to return to the form that made him a First Team All-Conference receiver as a sophomore in 2001. He has added 12 pounds to his frame from a year ago, and seems to have his injury problems behind him. A new, controlled passing game, installed by first-year head coach Joe Glenn and his staff, should also fit the consummate "possession receiver's style. McGuffey was on the Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch list each of the past two seasons, and don't be surprised if the senior doesn't return to be one of the nation's top receivers again in 2003. Enters his senior season having caught at least one pass in every game he has played during his Wyoming career -- 30 games.

2002: McGuffey entered the 2002 season as one of only three players in the Mountain West Conference to be a unanimous choice on the preseason All-Conference team. He was also named to the Biletnikoff Preseason Watch List for the second consecutive season. But in the first game of the 2002 season, McGuffey suffered a concussion against Tennessee, and was forced to miss the Central Michigan game a week later. While he never seemed to fully recover to put up the kind of numbers he did in his freshman and sophomore seasons, McGuffey saved his best performances for some of the biggest games. He caught six passes for 87 yards and one touchdown against archrival Colorado State, and he had four receptions for 88 yards in Wyoming's 34-26 upset of No. 19 Air Force. McGuffey also caught a season high eight passes for 69 yards versus Utah. He served as a team captain for the second consecutive season, only the third Cowboy in Wyoming Football history to be a two-year captain. The other two were: Galand Thaxton (in 1986 and `87) and Leo Caires (in 2000 and 2001), both Thaxton and Caires were linebackers.

2001: McGuffey enjoyed an outstanding sophomore season in 2001, a season in which he was named a First Team All-Mountain West Conference selection by both MWC Coaches and MWC Media. McGuffey was also one of only 32 receivers nationally to be placed on the Fred Biletnikoff Award Watch List in 2001. He was the first Cowboy in school history to be named a team captain as a sophomore (in 2001). He ranked No. 8 in the nation in receptions as a sophomore, averaging 7.22 catches per game. He also ranked No. 31 in receiving yards (83.44 yards per game). McGuffey led the Mountain West Conference in receptions per game, and ranked second in average receiving yards per game. He accomplished all of that despite missing two games with an injured shoulder. Even though he missed two conference games (New Mexico and Air Force) due to injury, conference coaches and media both voted him First Team All-Mountain West Conference. An indication of his toughness, is that after suffering the shoulder injury in the third game of the season at Utah State, he came back to start the next week against archrival Colorado State, but was only able to catch one pass before being forced to the sideline for the rest of the game because of the bad shoulder . McGuffey missed the next two weeks, but started the final five games of the season. During the 2001 season, McGuffey caught 65 passes for 751 yards. He recorded four 100-yard receiving games -- 134 versus Furman, 115 at Utah State, 144 against UNLV and 109 at Kansas.

2000: McGuffey had an outstanding redshirt freshman season in 2000, culminating with selection by The Sporting News as a Second Team Freshman All-American. He caught 63 passes for 696 yards in 2000 -- both are UW freshman records. He shattered the record for receptions by a freshman, which was previously held by Cowboy greats Ryan Yarborough and Wendell Montgomery, who both caught 25 passes during their freshman seasons of 1990 and 1996, respectively. McGuffey's 696 receiving yards broke the freshman yardage mark held by Montgomery at 456. McGuffey ended the 2000 season ranked No. 1 in the Mountain West Conference and No. 26 in the NCAA in receptions, averaging 5.73 per game. He also ranked No. 7 in the MWC in receiving yards, averaging 63.3 yards per game. As a punt returner, he averaged 7.9 yards per return to rank No. 6 in the conference.

1999: Redshirted. High School: An All-State selection at Riverton High School. He was named the 3A Conference Player of the Year as a senior. Led his team to an 18-2 record and two state championships as a junior and senior. Named to the Casper Star-Tribune's Super 25 twice. Current UW strong safety Tom Vincent was a high school teammate. Played for current UW Director of Football Operations Don Julian at Riverton. He also was an outstanding basketball and track athlete, earning All-Conference honors in each sport. A member of the National Honor Society. Also recruited by Montana, Northern Arizona and Utah State.

Personal: Born Feb. 19, 1981, in Reno, Nev. One of three children of Janelle and Martin McGuffey. Both his father and brother played football at Northern Colorado. His brother, Corte, was the NCAA Division II Player of the Year in 1999 while playing for then Northern Colorado head coach Joe Glenn, now the head coach at Wyoming. McGuffey is majoring in management.

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