LARAMIE -- Wyoming's left tackle Frank Crum and middle linebacker Easton Gibbs were named All-Mountain West First Team selections by the league's 12 head coaches and a select media panel.

Defensive tackle Jordan Bertagnole landed on the second team and safety Wyett Ekeler, quarterback Andrew Peasley, running back Harrison Waylee, tight end Treyton Welch and wide receiver Wyatt Wieland were all named honorable mentions.

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Boise State running back Ashton Jeanty, who ranks second in the FBS with 164.6 all-purpose yards per game, is the conference's offensive player of the year. Colorado State edge rusher Mo Kamara is the top defensive player and UNLV kicker Jose Pizano claimed special teams honors.

Rebel quarterback Jayden Maiava was named the freshman of the year after throwing for 2,626 yards and 14 touchdowns while leading his team to the Mountain West championship game.

Barry Odom, in his first season in Sin City, was named the league's coach of the year after leading the Rebs to their first nine-win season since 1984.

For the fifth consecutive season, Wyoming has a linebacker on the All-Mountain West First Team.

Gibbs was joined on the First Team by Crum, who earned First Team honors for the first time in his career. It was also Bertagnole's first All-Conference honor.

 

First Team Selections

Easton Gibbs finished the 2023 regular season averaging 8.8 tackles per game to rank No. 4 in the Mountain West and No. 29 in the nation. Gibbs will enter Wyoming's bowl game with 359 career tackles as a Cowboy to rank eighth in school history and 13th among all active FBS players. He also recorded his second consecutive 100-tackle season, with 106 entering UW's bowl game. Gibbs second consecutive First Team honor extended the streak of First Team Cowboy linebackers to five seasons. Former Cowboy linebacker Logan Wilson was named First Team All-MW in 2019, and Chad Muma was named First Team All-Conference in 2020 and '21. Gibbs continued that streak with First Team honors in 2022 and '23.

Frank Crum earned First Team honors this season for the first time. He started all 12 games for Wyoming at left tackle this season, moving to left tackle after starting the previous three seasons at right tackle. He was a 2023 Preseason First Team All-Mountain West selection by MW Media. Crum was also a 2023 Preseason First Team All-Mountain West as selected by both Athlon Sports and Phil Steele. He was leader of a Wyoming offensive line unit that enabled Cowboy running backs to record 4, 100-yard rushing games this season, including: a 191-yard rushing game vs. New Mexico, a 156-yard rushing performance vs. Appalachian State, a 128-yard game vs. Colorado State and a 110-yard rushing game vs. then No. 4 ranked Texas.

 

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Second Team Selections

Jordan Bertagnole ranked No. 3 among all Mountain West defensive linemen in tackles this season, averaging 4.8 tackles per game. He was a 2023 Preseason First Team All-Mountain West selection as named by MW Media. Bertagnole was also a 2023 Preseason First Team All-Mountain West selection by both Athlon Sports and Phil Steele. He has 57 total tackles this season, with 2.0 sacks, 5.5 tackles for loss, five quarterback hurries, two pass break-ups and one forced fumble. Bertagnole has had four or more tackles in nine games this season. His best games were: 9 tackles at UNLV, 8 vs. Appalachian State, 7 vs. Portland State, 6 vs. Texas Tech, 6 at Boise State, 5 vs. Hawai'i, 4 vs. Colorado State, 4 vs. Fresno State and 4 at Texas.

 

Honorable Mention Selections

Wyett Ekeler ranked third on the Cowboy team in tackles this season with 75 and ranked No. 9 among MW defensive backs in tackles, averaging 6.25 per game. Ekeler was twice named MW Defensive Player of the Week in 2023 -- once against Nevada in a 42-6 Cowboy road win and the first time vs. New Mexico in a 35-26 Wyoming victory. Against Nevada, Ekeler intercepted a pass and returned it 38 yards for a Pick Six. In the win over New Mexcio, Ekeler recorded 2.0 sacks in the win, including one for a strip sack, where he both forced and recovered the fumble. Ekeler tied for No. 3 in the Mountain West in forced fumbles, with two, and tied for No. 12 in the Mountain West in passes defended, with eight. He tied for the team lead in tackles for loss (5.5) and was second on the team in interceptions, with two.

Andrew Peasley ranked No. 1 in the Mountain West and No. 22 in the nation in Points Responsible For, averaging 14.9 points per game. He also ranked No. 3 in the Mountain West and No. 39 in the nation in passing efficiency, with a 147.4 efficiency rating. Peasley has thrown 20 touchdown passes and rushed for seven TDs for a total of 27 Touchdowns Responsible For. Adding in a two-point conversion, he is responsible for 164 total points in the 11 games he has played this season. He has completed 146 of 241 passes (60.6 percent) for 1,823 yards, 20 TDs and only five interceptions. Peasley is second on the team in rushing (403 yards), leads the team in rushing TDs (7) and leads Wyoming with 2,226 yards of total offense. He was named Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in a 24-19 win over then No. 24 ranked Fresno State, as he completed 19 of 27 pass attempts (.703) for 183 yards and 3 touchdowns and rushed for 25 yards to account for 208 yards of total offense. Peasley was named one of eight Manning Award Stars of the Week for his performance in a win over Hawai'i, where he completed 82.3 percent of his passes (14 of 17) for 319 yards and three TD passes of 89, 44 and 40 yards. Peasley accounted for four TDs against Air Force, throwing three TD passes and rushing for one TD. He had seven games in which he threw multiple passing TDs, including four games in which he threw three TD passes.

Harrison Waylee made an immediate impact for the Wyoming Cowboys in his first semester after transferring to Wyoming from Northern Illinois. Waylee led the Cowboys in rushing, with 856 yards in the nine games he played. Waylee ranked No. 4 in the Mountain West and No. 23 in the nation in rushing yards per game, averaging 95.1 yards per game. His 102.1 all-purpose yards per game ranked No. 8 in the Mountain West. He averaged 5.86 yards per carry, which ranked No. 6 in the Mountain West and No. 36 nationally. Waylee was a 2023 Preseason First Team All-Mountain West selection by Athlon Sports. He had four, 100-yard rushing games this season, including: 191 yards vs. New Mexico, 156 vs. Appalachian State, 128 vs. Colorado State and 110 at then No. 4 ranked Texas. He added 83 rushing yards vs. Fresno State, 71 at Nevada and 70 yards vs. Hawai'i. His explosive runs in 2023 included: a 62-yard TD run at Texas, a 75-yard TD run vs. Appalachian State, a 66-yard run vs. New Mexico and a 46-yard TD run vs. New Mexico.

Treyton Welch was Wyoming's second leading receiver this season in terms of receptions, with 27. He had 286 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns during the regular season. Welch was one of the most consistent tight ends in the Mountain West this season, having multiple receptions in eight games. His best receiving games in 2023 were 6 catches for 74 yards vs. Fresno State, 3 receptions for 50 yards at UNLV, 3 for 38 at Air Force, 3 for 31 vs. Texas Tech, 3 for 28 at Boise State, 3 for 22 vs. New Mexico and 3 for 22 at Texas. Welch's two TD receptions came against Fresno State and Air Force. He was a 2023 Preseason Second Team All-Mountain West selection by both Athlon Sports and Phil Steele. He played a critical role in Wyoming's win over Fresno State, leading the Cowboys in receiving that game with 6 catches for 74 yards and 1 TD. He averaged 10.6 yards per reception, with a long reception of 32 yards.

Wyatt Wieland led the Cowboys in receptions (39) and receiving yards (425) and was second in receiving touchdowns (5) this season. Wieland also ranked second on the Cowboy team in All-Purpose yards with 505, including 62 kick return yards. He ranked 11th in the Mountain West in receiving TDs, with five and ranked second on the Wyoming team in total TDs scored, with six, including five receiving touchdowns and one rushing TD. Wieland had 10 games with multiple receptions in 2023. His best game was on the road at then No. 4 ranked Texas, catching eight passes for 62 yards. His other top receiving games included: five receptions for 72 yards at UNLV, five for 50 yards vs. Fresno State, four for 43 yards at Nevada and three for 50 yards vs. Portland State.
2022 Wyoming All-Mountain West Conference Honorees

First Team

Easton Gibbs, Linebacker, 6-2, 235, Temecula, Calif.

Frank Crum, Offensive Tackle, 6-7, 315, Laramie, Wyo.

 

Second Team

Jordan Bertagnole, Defensive Tackle, 6-4, 287, Casper, Wyo.

 

Honorable Mention

Wyett Ekeler, Free Safety, 5-11, 197, Windsor, Colo.

Andrew Peasley, Quarterback, 6-2, 213, La Grande, Ore.

Harrison Waylee, Running Back, 5-10, 198, Johnston, Iowa

Treyton Welch, Tight End, 6-3, 241, Buffalo, Minn.

Wyatt Wieland, Wide Receiver, 6-1, 207, Colorado Springs, Colo.

 

2023 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

Pos. Player Cl. Team

QB Chevan Cordeiro Sr. San José State

WR Tory Horton* Sr. Colorado State

WR Ricky White III Jr. UNLV

WR Jalen Royals Jr. Utah State

RB Ashton Jeanty So. Boise State

RB Kairee Robinson So. San José State

TE Dallin Holker Jr. Colorado State

OL Thor Paglialong Sr. Air Force

OL Cade Beresford Sr. Boise State

OL JC Davis Jr. New Mexico

OL Tiger Shanks Jr. UNLV

OL Frank Crum Gr. Wyoming

PK Jose Pizano Sr. UNLV

KR Jacob De Jesus Jr. UNLV

 

DEFENSE

Pos. Player Cl. Team

DL PJ Ramsey Sr. Air Force

DL Ahmed Hassanein Jr. Boise State

DL Mohamed Kamara Gr. Colorado State

DL Tre Smith So. San José State

LB Bo Richter Sr. Air Force

LB Jackson Woodard Jr. UNLV

LB MJ Tafisi Jr. Sr. Utah State

LB Easton Gibbs* Jr. Wyoming

DB Trey Taylor Sr. Air Force

DB Jack Howell* Jr. Colorado State

DB Emany Johnson Sr. Nevada

DB Ike Larsen So. Utah State

P James Ferguson-Reynolds So. Boise State

PR Jacob De Jesus Jr. UNLV

*Two-Time First-Team Selection

 

2023 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

Pos. Player Cl. Team

QB Jayden Maiava R-Fr. UNLV

WR Steven McBride Sr. Hawai‘i

WR Nick Nash Jr. San José State

WR Terrell Vaughn Sr. Utah State

RB Emmanuel Michel Sr. Air Force

RB Jacory Croskey-Merritt Sr. New Mexico

TE Mark Redman* Sr. San Diego State

OL Adam Karas Sr. Air Force

OL Kage Casey R-Fr. Boise State

OL Jacob Gardner Sr. Colorado State

OL Mose Vavao Sr. Fresno State

OL Cade Bennett* Jr. San Diego State

PK Jonah Dalmas Sr. Boise State

KR Terrell Vaughn Sr. Utah State

 

DEFENSE

Pos. Player Cl. Team

DL Jalen Dixon Jr. UNLV

DL Devo Bridges Sr. Fresno State

DL Soane Toia Jr. San José State

DL Jordan Bertagnole Jr. Wyoming

LB Alec Mock Sr. Air Force

LB Andrew Simpson So. Boise State

LB Chase Wilson Jr. Colorado State

LB Levelle Bailey Sr. Fresno State

DB Carlton Johnson Sr. Fresno State

DB Morice Norris Jr. Sr. Fresno State

DB Noah Tumblin Sr. San Diego State

DB Cameron Oliver Jr. UNLV

P Jack Browning Sr. San Diego State

PR Tory Horton Sr. Colorado State

*Two-Time Second-Team Selection

 

2023 HONORABLE MENTION

Air Force: Matthew Dapore, PK; Jayden Goodwin, DB; Zac Larrier, QB

Boise State: Garrett Curran, OL; A’Marion McCoy, CB; Marco Notarainni, LB; Seyi Oladipo, DB; Alexander Teubner, S

Colorado State: Chigozie Anusiem, CB; Henry Blackburn, S; Brayden Fowler-Nicolosi, QB; Drew Moss, OL; Justus Ross-Simmons, WR

Fresno State: Erik Brooks, WR; Mikey Keene, QB; Malik Sherrod, RB; Jacob Spomer, OL; Tre Watson, TE

Hawai‘i: Pofele Ashlock, WR; Peter Manuma, DB; Brayden Schager, QB; Matthew Shipley, PK; Cam Stone, DB

Nevada: Dalevon Campbell, WR; Tongiaki Mateialona, LB; Brandon Talton, PK; Drue Watts, LB; Isaiah World, OL

New Mexico: Dylan Hopkins, QB; Alec Mareno, LB; Donte Martin, CB; Caleb Medford, WR; Zach Morris, CB

San Diego State: Kenan Christon, KR; Zyrus Fiaseu, LB; Dez Malone, CB; Jalen Mayden, QB; Mekhi Shaw, WR/PR

San José State: Fernando Carmona Jr., OT; Jay’Vion Cole, CB; Tre Jenkins, S; Anthony Pardue, C; Bryun Parham, LB

UNLV: Vincent Davis Jr., RB; Donavyn Lester, RB; Marsel McDuffie, LB ; Marshall Nichols, P; Jaxen Turner, S

Utah State: Micah Davis, WR/PR; Devin Dye, S; Broc Lane, TE; Hale Motu’apuaka, DL; Anthony Switzer, LB

Wyoming: Wyett Ekeler, S; Andrew Peasley, QB; Harrison Waylee, RB; Treyton Welch, TE; Wyatt Wieland, WR

* A Mountain West and University of Wyoming press release contributed to this report

University of Wyoming’s Top 50 Football Players

During the summer of 2021, 7220Sports.com counted down the Top 50 football players in University of Wyoming history, presented by Premier Bone & Joint Centers, Worthy of Wyoming.

The rules are simple: What was the player's impact while in Laramie? That means NFL stats, draft status or any other accolade earned outside of UW is irrelevant when it comes to this list.

This isn't a one-man job. This task called for a panel of experts. Joining 7220's Cody Tucker are Robert GagliardiJared NewlandRyan Thorburn, and Kevin McKinney.

We all compiled our own list of 50 and let computer averages do the work. Think BCS -- only we hope this catalog is fairer.

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- University of Wyoming’s Top 50 Football Players

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