Cowboy Football Two-A-Days: #5 and #55
Aug. 27, 2012
Laramie, Wyo. -
Strong safety Chuck Pagano a Boulder, Colo., native lettered three seasons for the Cowboys an played under head coaches Pat Dye and Al Kincaid. Pagano helped lead the 1981 Cowboys to an 8-3 overall record. That season was highlighted by a 55-21 blowout over Colorado State and a 33-20 victory over BYU in consecutive weeks. Pagano went on to an excellent coaching career and is now the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. He is the first Wyoming graduate to become a head coach in the National Football League.
Another Boulder, Colo., free safety Pete Benedetti is a Cowboy career leader in interceptions and is known for one of the great plays in UW history. Benedetti concluded his career with seven interceptions which is tied for No. 9 in school history. He is also remembered by Cowboy fans for one of the most exiting plays in UW history. In a 1984 contest against Utah, the Pokes and the Utes were tied at 14 with just over two minutes left as Utah was driving inside the Cowboy five yard line. The Utes ran an option pitch play when Benedetti intercepted the pitch and returned it 98 yards for the game-winning score. Wyoming won the game 21-14. His efforts in 1984 earned him All-Western Athletic Conference honors. During the 1983 and '84 season Benedetti led the Cowboys to back-to-back victories over Colorado State including 42-17 win in 1983.
Current Cowboy to Wear #5:
6-2 / 225
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Fort Collins, Colo.
Current Cowboy to Wear #5:
6-2 / 197
Mike Schenbeck was a leader on two of the greatest Cowboy teams in history in 1987 and '88. A First Team All-Western Athletic Conference performer at linebacker in 1988, Schenbeck still ranks No. 9 on the Wyoming career tackle list with 324 career tackles. A three-year starter, he helped guide Wyoming to back-to-back WAC titles and consecutive appearances in the Holiday Bowl in 1987 and '88. Those two Cowboy teams went undefeated in conference play both years, winning 16 consecutive WAC games. His senior season of 1988, Schenbeck made 83 tackles, had one interception, 12 pass breakups, two sacks, three tackles for loss, six quarterback hurries, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. As a junior in '87, Schenbeck was credited with 106 tackles, had one interception, five pass breakups, four tackles for loss, three quarterback hurries, one fumble recovery and two forced fumbles. A native of Aurora, Colo., he had an outstanding high school career at Overland High.
Zach Morris made the trip north to Laramie from his home in Denver, and became an immediate contributor to the Cowboy defense from 2001-04. A First Team All-Mountain West Defensive selection in 2004, he was a team captain the same year. The defensive lineman helped lead the Cowboys to the biggest upset of the 2004 bowl season, as Wyoming defeated UCLA, 24-21, in the Las Vegas Bowl. Morris' name is featured prominently on many of Wyoming's defensive records. He is No. 3 on the career tackles for loss list (26.5), No. 4 on the single-season tackles for loss list (12.5) and No. 6 single-game tackles for loss list with 3.5 in one game.
Current Cowboy to Wear #55:
6-3 / 253
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