Cowboy Football Two-A-Days: #23 and #73
Aug. 9, 2012
Laramie, Wyo. -
One of Wyoming's most decorated football players, Harris was a consensus All-American, being honored by the Associated Press, Football Writers of America, American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp Football Foundation, and Football News. In 1996, he won the Biletnikoff Trophy as the nation's top receiver. During his senior year, Harris became the NCAA's all-time leader in receiving yards with 4,518 career yards and became the first and only receiver ever to have three-consecutive 1,400-yard seasons. With his 1,650 yards in 1996, Harris led the nation in receiving yards for the second time in his career and was named First-Team All-Western Athletic Conference for the third straight year as well as WAC co-offensive player of the year. Only Wyoming's second two-time all-American, he was named to the AFCA First Team as a junior. He was selected in the 7th round of the NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.
Safety is another historically deep position for the Cowboys and Rock Springs native John Wendling is no exception. He concluded his time at UW tied for No. 9 on the career interceptions list with seven. Wendling finished his career with 259 total tackles which ranked him just outside of the Cowboys top 10 all-time tacklers. The Cowboys best season came during Wendling's sophomore season when he helped lead UW to an upset victory over UCLA in the Las Vegas Bowl. He recorded six tackles in the 24-21 win over the Bruins. Also during his sophomore season he earned Honorable Mention All-Mountain West honors. He followed his excellent sophomore season with a 75 tackle and three interception season as a junior, which earned him his second Honorable Mention All-MW honor. He also earned Second Team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District VII accolades. As a senior in 2006, Wendling recorded 78 tackles and one interception. For his efforts he earned First team All-MW honors. He was also a four-time Academic All-MW selection. Following his UW career, he was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the sixth round of the NFL Draft. He is now a member of the Detroit Lions.
Eric Coleman, a Denver, Colo., native earned four letters for the Cowboys from 1985 to 1988. He played on arguably two of the best Cowboy teams in history in 1987 and '88. He helped lead the Pokes to back-to-back Western Athletic Conference titles those years. Coleman was widely regarded as one of the Cowboys best "shutdown" cornerbacks in team history. In 1988, Coleman and his Cowboy defense held seven opponents under 20 total points. During the 1988 championship season, Coleman earned All-WAC honors. Following his college career, Coleman was drafted in the Second Round of the NFL Draft by the New England Patriots.
Current Cowboy to Wear #23:
6-0 / 221
St. Joseph, Mo.
A two-year letterwinner, Durling was part of a historic time in Cowboy Football. The Lansing, Mich., offensive guard and the 1966 team went 10-1, capping off a stellar season with a 28-20 victory over Florida State in the Sun Bowl. A two-time All-WAC selection at guard from 1965-66, he was drafted in the sixth round in 1966 by the Denver Broncos.
Current Cowboy to Wear #73:
6-4 / 290
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