The Wyoming Cowboys are the athletic teams representing the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. They compete in the Mountain West Conference of the NCAA Division I, and have a proud history of successful athletes across a variety of sports.
In this article, we will highlight the top 5 best players in the history of Wyoming Cowboys, across different sports.
Fennis Dembo (Basketball) Fennis Dembo is widely considered one of the greatest basketball players in Wyoming Cowboys history. He played for the Cowboys from 1984 to 1988, and led the team to the Sweet 16 in the 1987 NCAA Tournament. He was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year twice, and was a consensus All-American in 1987.
Dembo's career stats at Wyoming are impressive, with an average of 18.8 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game. He also holds the record for most points scored in a single season by a Wyoming player, with 837 points in the 1986-87 season.
Jay Novacek (Football) Jay Novacek is a former tight end who played for the Cowboys from 1982 to 1984. He was a two-time First Team All-WAC selection and helped lead Wyoming to a Holiday Bowl victory in 1987. Novacek went on to play in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys and was a five-time Pro Bowler and three-time Super Bowl champion.
During his time at Wyoming, Novacek caught 83 passes for 1,536 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was also a standout on special teams, returning 23 punts for 294 yards.
Josh Davis (Track and Field) Josh Davis was a dominant force in track and field during his time at Wyoming. He was a six-time All-American and won four individual national championships in the 400-meter dash and 4x400-meter relay. He was also a member of the 2000 United States Olympic team, where he won a silver medal in the 4x400-meter relay.
Davis still holds Wyoming records in the 400-meter dash (44.67 seconds) and the 4x400-meter relay (3:02.24).
Larry Nels (Wrestling) Larry Nels was a three-time All-American wrestler for the Cowboys from 1970 to 1973. He won a national championship in the 142-pound weight class in 1972 and finished as the runner-up in 1971 and 1973. He also helped lead Wyoming to two team national championships during his career.
Nels finished his Wyoming career with a record of 89-11-3 and was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1999.
Kathleen Ledecky (Swimming) Kathleen Ledecky is a swimming superstar who began her career at the University of Wyoming. She competed for the Cowboys for one season in 2014-15, winning the NCAA Championship in the 500-yard freestyle and 1,650-yard freestyle. She was also a member of the Wyoming record-setting 800-yard freestyle relay team.
Ledecky went on to compete in the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games, winning a total of seven gold medals and setting multiple world records. She is widely considered one of the greatest swimmers of all time and has continued to dominate in the pool at the professional level.
In conclusion, the Wyoming Cowboys have a long history of producing outstanding athletes, and these five players stand out as some of the best to ever wear the brown and gold.
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