Cowboy Football Two-A-Days: #24 and #74
Aug. 8, 2012
Laramie, Wyo. -
The Uniontown, Penn., product Gene Huey starred as a split end and defensive back during the 1966, '67 and '68 seasons, setting a number of records and leading the Pokes to a pair of bowl appearances. Huey played on three Western Athletic Conference championship teams. In 1966, Wyoming finished 10-1 with a 28-20 victory over Florida State in the Sun Bowl. The following season, the Cowboys finished with a perfect 10-0 regular season before falling 20-13 to heavily-favored Louisiana State in the Sugar Bowl. Finally, in 1968 Huey led the Pokes to a 7-3 mark and its third-consecutive WAC Championship. During his three seasons, Huey set 13 UW pass receiving records. He is still tied for fifth all-time on the UW career touchdown receptions with 14. During the 1967 season, he finished No. 14 in the nation in receiving with 53 receptions for 868 yards and five touchdowns. He followed that the next season with 43 receptions for 626 yards and nine touchdowns, while recording 25 tackles, three picks and seven pass breakups. He earned "Lineman of the Week" honors in Sports Illustrated for his play in a 48-3 victory over Utah State. He went on to play in the All-American Bowl and the East-West Shrine Game and played two seasons in the NFL with the St. Louis Cardinals, Minnesota Vikings and San Diego Chargers. Following his NFL career, he began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for his alma mater in 1972 and coached at New Mexico, Nebraska, Arizona State and Ohio State before moving to the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts in 1992. Huey was a 2009 selection to the Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame.
A Buffalo, Wyo., native safety Chirs Prosinski will go down as one of the greatest safety's in Wyoming football history. He concluded his college career ranked No. 4 on Wyoming's career tackles list with 373. As a senior in 2010, he was credited with 108 tackles, marking his second consecutive season with 100-plus tackles. During that season, he ranked No. 3 in the Mountain West in tackles with nine per game and was No. 37 in the nation for all players at all positions. He earned his second consecutive Second Team All-MW honor and was honored by the Wyoming Chapter of the National Football Foundation as a UW Scholar-Athlete. On a national level, he was one of 121 semifinalists for the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame William V. Campbell Trophy. During his junior season of 2009, Prosinski was credited with 140 total tackles which is the fourth-best single-season tackling performance in UW history. In that season, he helped lead the Cowboys to the New Mexico Bowl, where they defeated Fresno State, 35-28, in a double-overtime thriller. He saw significant time during his sophomore season of 2008 recording 88 total tackles. Also during 2008, Prosinski intercepted two passes against North Dakota State which is tied for the fifth-best single game interception total in UW history. Following his UW career, Prosinski was selected in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was the 24th pick of the fourth round and the 121st pick overall. He is the highest Cowboy drafted since 1997 when Steve Scifres was drafted in the third round.
Current Cowboy to Wear #24:
5-11 / 180
Stony Point HS
Round Rock, Texas
Fondly known as "Bo," Nels became one of the most feared defensive linemen in Wyoming history as he terrorized opponents from 1967 to 1969. Nels was a key component as the Cowboys earned a bid to the 1968 Sugar Bowl, and was instrumental in a cowboy defense that was best in the nation. Nels was well known for his quickness, toughness, and blocking ability. He had 511 total tackles in his career. Nels was an All-American candidate and as a member of the nation's No. 1 defense led the Cowboys to their second WAC Championship. Nels also earned All-WAC honors in 1968 and 1969. Following his career at Wyoming, Nels went on to play with the New York Giants and the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian League. Nels will be remembered as one of the best defensive players in Cowboy Football history. Hailing from North Syracuse, N.Y., he was inducted into the Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 15, 2000.
One of the most solid offensive linemen in recent memory, Goldberg won four letters from 1999-2002 at the tackle spot. From Edina, Minn., he was a Second Team All-MW selection in 2000, and a First Team All-MW honoree in 2001 and 2002. He blocked for one of UW's best quarterbacks in Casey Bramlet from 2001-02 and was a team captain in 2001. Goldberg has played in the NFL since 2003 for the Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams.
Current Cowboy to Wear #74:
6-9 / 260
College of the Desert CC
Yucca Valley, Calif.
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