LARAMIE – Wyoming Cowboy Football fans will get their first preview of the 2014 season when Mountain West Conference Media Days kick off from Las Vegas on Tuesday.
Media from throughout the Mountain West Conference will be covering the two-day event on Tuesday and Wednesday featuring all 12 conference head football coaches and two student-athletes from each school. Wyoming is being represented by first-year head coachCraig Bohl, senior wide receiver Dominic Rufran and junior defensive end Eddie Yarbrough.
This year’s MW Media Days will feature the six Mountain Division schools, including Wyoming, on Tuesday and the six West Division schools on Wednesday.
Rufran and Yarbrough will be featured on the live Mountain West Network show that will run from 5-6:30 p.m., Mountain Time from the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, site of this year’s media days. Each of the 12 Mountain West student-athletes will be featured in 10-minute segments during the Tuesday show. The two Wyoming Cowboys are scheduled to appear at approximately 6:20 p.m., Mountain Time. The live show will be carried on Wyoming’s Official Athletics website, and the link to the show is: www.gowyo.com/videos/.
Rufran, who was named to the 2014 Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List earlier this month. He led the Wyoming Cowboys in receptions (75) and receiving yards (960) as a junior in 2013. He fell just 40 yards shy of a 1,000-yard receiving season. The Colorado Springs native also caught eight touchdown passes in 2013. He recorded four 100-yard receiving games as a junior, including 120 at Nebraska, 117 at Air Force, 135 versus Colorado State and 121 against Hawai’i.
Rufran enters his senior season ranked No. 7 in school history in career receptions (158) and No. 10 in career receiving yards (1,891). His 15 career TD receptions ranks him No. 6 all-time in Wyoming school history.
Yarbrough was named to the 2014 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch list earlier in July. He was also selected First Team All-Mountain West Conference as a sophomore in 2013 in voting by conference head coaches and media members. He led all Mountain West defensive linemen in tackles, averaging 7.4 tackles per game in 2013. Yarbrough ended the 2013 season with 89 total tackles, including 6.5 sacks, 12.0 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.
A native of Aurora, Colo., where he played at Grandview High School, Yarbrough also earned Honorable Mention Sophomore All-America honors from Campus Insiders/CollegeFootballNews.com in 2013.
Bohl enters his first year as the Cowboys’ head football coach after winning the last three consecutive NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) National titles at North Dakota State (2011, ‘12 and ‘13). Bohl was named the 2013 FCS National Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), the Liberty Mutual FCS National Coach of the Year by the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame and earned the Eddie Robinson FCS National Coach of the Year Award. He was also part of two FBS National Championships as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Nebraska, in 1995 and ‘97.