Cowboy Football Two-A-Days: #1 and #51
Aug. 31, 2012
Laramie, Wyo. -
Emory Darnell Clash is one of the Cowboys best kick and punt returners in history. The Cambridge, Md., native played three seasons for the Pokes and is the career leader in total returns with 153. He also holds the single-season kick and punt returns with 65. His average 92.5 return yards per game in 1980 is the highest average in UW history. During that season he recorded 1,018 return yards. He also holds the Cowboy record in combined kick and punt return yardage with 2,286. During 1981, Clash earned All-Western Athletic Conference honors averaging 23.3 yards per kick return and 21.1 yards per punt return. Also an excellent cornerback, Clash finished his career with seven interceptions which is tied for the ninth-most in Cowboy history. In 1982, he picked of five passes which is tied for eighth on the UW single-season interceptions list.
Another great Wyoming cornerback, Derrick Martin played three seasons from 2003 to 2005. The best team he played on for UW was 2004, when he helped it to a 7-6 record and an upset victory over UCLA in the Las Vegas Bowl. That season he earned Second Team All-Mountain West. The following season, Martin tied safety John Wendling, for the team lead in interceptions with three. He earned Honorable Mention All-MW for his performance that season. Following his career at UW he went on to the NFL. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL draft by the Baltimore Ravens. He played with the Ravens until the 2010-11 season when he joined the Green Bay Packers. He won the 2011 Super Bowl with the Packers. The following season he earned a spot on the New York Giants roster where he won the 2012 Super Bowl Championship.
Current Cowboy to Wear #1:
5-8 / 194
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
Joe Ramunno's role for the UW football program was a crucial one, as he helped lead a potent rushing offense during his time at Wyoming. Ramunno, from Steamboat Springs, Colo., helped block for a UW rushing attack as an offensive guard and tackle. With Ramunno leading the way, the Cowboys tallied 3,245 total yards on the ground in 1983 and 731 total rushes (60.9 per game) in 1982, all of which are UW single-season records. His leadership and skill earned him a team captain post in 1984. His most successful years included the 1981 team, which went 8-3, and the 1983 team, which was 7-5. He was named as an All-WAC offensive lineman in 1983 and 1984.
As part of one of the most prolific offensive attacks in UW history, Jeff Smith played a crucial role in vaulting the Cowboys to the top of the WAC. Smith, originally from Phoenix, played in two spots along the Wyoming offensive line from 1996-98, seeing time at center and guard. He and the Cowboy O-line helped block for the 1996 backfield, which included quarterback Josh Wallwork, who was the NCAA leader in total offense with 350 yards per game. Smith's teams won eight or more games during his time, including a 10-2 mark in 1996. Smith also helped block for tailback Marques Brigham when he rushed for 1,114 yards in 1998.
Current Cowboy to Wear #51:
6-3 / 292