Face of the Program: Wyoming

Jay Novacek

Jay Novacek

Wyoming Athletics
He might be better known for his accomplishments with those other Cowboys in Dallas, but Novacek will never be forgotten at Wyoming. A consensus All-American in 1984, Novacek set an NCAA single-season record for average yards per reception for a tight end (22.6). He served as team captain that year and helped Wyoming nearly upset national champion BYU. Novacek also earned All-America honors for track and field, placing fourth nationally in the decathlon. The three-time Super Bowl winner with Dallas will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in July. — Adam Rittenberg

ESPN.com’s Signature Quote

“This isn’t something that you expect from a skinny tight end on a Wyoming team that ran the wishbone offense, but it is a great honor and very meaningful.” — Novacek on being selected to the College Football Hall of Fame

Others to Consider

Bob Devaney Hall of Famer went 35-10-5 before moving onto Nebraska, coaching the Pokes to 1958 Sun Bowl title and 9-1 record in 1959.

Marcus Harris Two-time All-American and Biletnikoff Award winner became NCAA’s all-time leading receiver as senior (4,518 yards).

Jim Kiick The first player to earn first-team all-WAC honors three times, the three-time team rushing leader led Wyoming to consecutive league titles.

Paul Roach Coached Pokes to consecutive WAC titles (1987 and 1988), won back-to-back WAC Coach of the Year awards and also served as AD.


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