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Wyoming's Chris McNeill Earns Conference Honors

Chris McNeill earned his first career Mountain West Player of the Week honor.

Chris McNeill earned his first career Mountain West Player of the Week honor.

Oct. 17, 2011

LARAMIE, Wyo. - University of Wyoming wide receiver and punt returner Chris McNeill was named the Mountain West Conference Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday for his performance in a 41-14 home win over UNLV on Saturday, Oct. 15.

McNeill, a junior from Simi Valley, Calif., returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown at a critical point in the third quarter of Wyoming's game versus UNLV. With Wyoming leading by only nine points (23-14), McNeill fielded a UNLV punt on the bounce at his own 24-yard line and took it down the sideline and into the end zone to extend Wyoming's lead to 16 points at 30-14. It was McNeill's first career punt return for a touchdown, and was the first punt return for a TD by a Cowboy since Josh Barge returned a punt for a touchdown against Ole Miss on Sept. 25, 2004.

On Wyoming's first play of the fourth quarter versus UNLV, McNeill threw the first touchdown pass of his career -- a 28-yard TD strike to quarterback Brett Smith. McNeill followed up that TD pass with a successful two-point conversion, throwing a pass to UW H-Back Mat Birkeness to give Wyoming a 38-14 lead.

This is McNeill's first Mountain West Player of the Week honor of his career.

 

 

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