UW This Season: Sam Sterner is the most experienced player on the Wyoming roster, as he has started all 36 games that he has played in while a Wyoming Cowboy. The senior has only missed one game over the previous three seasons, versus Utah in 2009. He is once again expected to hold down the left offensive guard position for the Cowboys -- a position he has played since his redshirt freshman season.
2009: Sterner started 12 of 13 games for the Pokes in `09 -- 11 at his familiar left guard position and one at right guard. A powerful, physical player he teamed with senior left tackle Ryan Otterson for the third consecutive season on the left side of the Cowboy offensive line.
2008: Entered the 2008 season as one of five returning starters on the Cowboy offensive line. He started every game of his sophomore season. He helped the Wyoming offense rank No. 34 in the nation in rushing offense (178.3 yards per game). Sterner 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: Sterner started all 12 games in his redshirt freshman season of `07. All 12 of Sterner's starts came at left offensive guard. He was one of the most talented young offensive linemen on the Wyoming roster. A strong all-around athlete, he had one of the best springs of any of the offensive linemen. Sterner earned Academic All-Mountain West Conference honors for the first time during his college career.
High School: Sterner came to Wyoming from Waconia High School in Waconia, Minn., where he was both an outstanding football and basketball player. He started on both the offensive and defensive line as a senior at Waconia. Sterner earned Honorable Mention All-State and Third Team All-Metro honors. He was also voted his team's Outstanding Lineman. A team captain his senior season, he helped lead Waconia to the second round of the state playoffs. He was a key contributor on Waconia's basketball team that posted a 27-3 record on way to a conference championship, a sectional championship and a fourth-place finish at state. His junior season, Waconia also captured a conference title in basketball. Academically, Sterner achieved Honor Roll status every term of high school. He played for head football coach Pat Foley. Sterner was also recruited by Air Force, Minnesota and TCU.
Personal: Born March 5, 1988, he is the eldest of three children of Paula and Frank Sterner. His father played one year of football at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. He is majoring in wildlife and fishery biology management at UW.