Cowboy Football Two-A-Days: #34 and #84
July 29, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
From 1991-94, Ryan Christopherson was the face of UW football. A Glendale, Ariz., product, he was one of the most prolific running backs in Wyoming history. Christopherson finished his illustrious career with 2,906 yards, which ranks second in UW rushing history. As a team captain during his senior season of 1994, he set the UW single-season rushing record with 1,455 yards while also scoring 10 touchdowns. His 244 yards gained against UTEP during that season is the second best single-game effort in Cowboy history. He owns the single-season record for total carries at 300, and for carries in a game, 37, versus Northeast Louisiana in 1994. He is only the second running back in Cowboy history to gain more than 1,000 yards twice during his career. Christopherson was an All-Western Athletic Conference First Team selection as a senior. He was a four-time WAC Scholar-Athlete and four-time Academic All-WAC First Team pick. He also was a First Team Academic All-American as a senior, and a Second Team honoree as a junior. He is a 2006 University of Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame inductee. Christopherson played in the NFL for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos.
Current Cowboy to Wear #34:
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Beginning on July 13, we will count down the 50 days to kickoff of the 2012 Wyoming Cowboy football season with a new feature titled "Cowboy Two-A-Days". Each day for 50 days leading up Wyoming's season opener at Texas on Sept. 1, we will feature some of the great Cowboys who wore jersey numbers 1-99 during their playing careers. Read More | Twitter | Facebook
DePoyster became the most decorated kicker in Wyoming football history during a golden age of Cowboy football. During his great career, he did both the punting and place-kicking for the Cowboys when they won two Western Athletic Conference championships and earned two bowl bids including their greatest bowl of all time, the 1968 Sugar Bowl. While he was an outstanding punter for the Pokes, DePoyster's claim to fame was his ability as a place-kicker. He was an Associated Press and Sporting News All-American in 1967, his senior season. The Bellevue, Neb., product held at least six NCAA records including most field goal attempts in a career (93), average field goal attempts per game during a career (3.10), most field goal attempts of 50 yards or more in a single season (17 in 1966) and most in a single game (3 vs. Utah, Oct. 8, 1966). He led the team in scoring all three years of his career, and led the WAC in scoring in 1966 and 1967. During his junior season of 1966, he led the nation in kick scoring with 71 points. In Wyoming's 1966 game against Utah, he made field goals of 54 (2), 52, and 21. In that game, his 54 yarder was the first made field goal of 50 yards or more in school history. His 55-yarder against CSU was a school and Western Athletic Conference record at the time. During the Sugar Bowl season of 1967, he accounted for three victories with his leg. He kicked two field goals in the Sugar Bowl. DePoyster also was an outstanding punter for the Cowboys. He punted 62 times in his career for a 41.7 average. He was 12th in the nation in punting during his senior season of 1967. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the second round of the 1968 NFL draft. He played professionally for Detroit and the Oakland Raiders. He was inducted into the Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.
A two-sport All-American at Wyoming, Novacek was a record-setting football player and track and field performer from 1982-84. A native of Gothenburg, Neb., he was selected to the Kodak All-American football team in 1984 after setting an NCAA record for receiving yards per receptions by a tight end. He had 83 career receptions for 1,536 yards and 10 touchdowns as a tight end. Novacek won the Western Athletic Conference decathlon championships earning All-American honors. He set UW records for decathlon points (7,615) and in the pole vault, 16 feet, 4 inches. Novacek was a member of the 1993 Super Bowl Champion Dallas Cowboys. He was inducted into the Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame on Oct. 29, 1993.