Cowboy Football Two-A-Days: #22 and #72
Aug. 10, 2012
Laramie, Wyo. -
Joe Mastrogiovanni, hailing from Brooklyn, N.Y., is known as one of the most memorable and flamboyant football players in Wyoming history. Also known as "Mastro" or "Joe the Toe," he was a two-way player who came to UW as a halfback and became Wyoming's first throwing quarterback. He was in all aspects a leader on his teams, leading the Pokes in passing for three years, total offense and scoring for two seasons, as well as punting and interceptions for one campaign each. Twice selected to the All-Skyline First-team and once a second-team selection, Mastrogiovanni led the nation in rushing the first eight weeks of the 1955 season, before finishing second nationally and earning Honorable Mention All-America honors from AP and UPI. The Cowboys were 19-11-1 from 1953-55, and in '55 he led a talented Cowboy team to the Sun Bowl. A gifted athlete, he served at times as the Cowboys' placekicker and was responsible for three-game winning field goals in the 1954 season. He also swam for Wyoming and was a letterman on the 1955 Cowboy baseball team as a catcher.
Current Cowboy to Wear #22:
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Rock Bridge HS
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
Kosich was one of the most outstanding and durable two-sport athletes in Wyoming history. A four-year letterman in both football and baseball, Kosich missed just two games in four seasons due to an injury. He earned either First or Second Team All-Conference each of his four years in both sports. Playing on both sides of the football, Kosich was regarded the best tackle to ever play at Wyoming at the end of his career. Kosich was honored as the 1947 Wyoming Athlete of the Year, and was selected All-Conference and Third Team All-American by UPI after his senior season, 1949. As a catcher on the Cowboy baseball squad, again Kosich was an all-star performer. He batted more than .300 each of his four years. Kosich was selected to the Branding Iron All-Time Poke Football Team in 1964. The Laramie, Wyo., native was inducted into the Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 15, 1995.