As part of the fun extra material I put together for “A Century of Fridays,” the book I put out last winter about Wyoming high school football, I chose the “Wyo 100.”

The book and the “Wyo 100” were released to roughly coincide with the 100th birthday of Wyoming high school football. The 1921 season represented the first real statewide effort at having football statewide. Wyoming went from seven high school football programs in 1920 to 18 in 1921. By the end of the 1920s, the number was in the mid-30s. With 100 years of play behind us heading into 2021, now seemed like a perfect time to tackle a project like this.

This list contains the top 100 Wyoming high school football players of the past 100 years. The list was formed with the help of fans across the state, who made their nominations to the wyoming-football.com Facebook page, to @wyomingfootball on Twitter and to the blog here on wyoming-football.com.

Nearly 200 players were informally nominated via social media and blog comments. However, the list contains both players who were and who were not officially nominated by readers.

The list represents a variety of schools, positions and eras. The list originally ran in “A Century of Fridays” upon its release in January.

Years listed below are the player’s final calendar year of play, not their graduation year. The table below is sortable on each column and searchable.

Wyo 100

PlayerSchoolFinal seasonNotes
Jack AstleCheyenne Central1923Two-way tackle was Wyoming's first three-time all-state selection.
Ralph CottrellWorland1925Diverse threat on both sides later became head coach at his alma mater.
Buster LongBuffalo1925A halfback for the Bison, Long later started at quarterback at Nebraska.
Vince SmithCheyenne Central1925Outstanding lineman was a three-time all-state player for the Indians.
Carl DirWorland1928Speedy back led Warriors to two state titles; later coached in the state.
Taft HarrisNatrona1928Two-time all-state end later became a part of the basketball team at UW.
Verle HarlowNatrona1929Tackle was Natrona's only three-time all-state selection of the 20th century.
Lee KizzireGreybull1932Played both fullback and linebacker at UW before joining the Detroit Lions; killed during WWII.
Pete SedarNatrona1934Twice all-state, the guard found success playing with St. Mary's in California.
Johnny WinterhollerLovell1934Bulldogs' all-around star made it big at UW; championed wheelchair sports after WWII.
Lucien MonciniSheridan1935Running back helped Sheridan to a title as a junior; starred in some lean years at UW.
Walter CookNatrona1937RB led Natrona to state title as a senior; was a contributor at Purdue as both an RB and DB.
Fred MarbleCheyenne Central1939One of only a handful of two-time all-staters in the 1930s; helped found KOA Kampgrounds.
Vic NiethammerNatrona1939Twice all-state and state champion; had a short college career due to WWII but played at Notre Dame.
Fred TaucherRock Springs1942A two-time all-state lineman, he became an all-conference center at UW.
Bob WildermuthRock Springs1942Guard was state player of the year as a senior; died of drowning at age 19.
Babe NomuraHeart Mountain1943Internment camp resident later became a valuable player at San Jose State.
Keith BloomPowell1944Was one of the last three-sport lettermen at UW; had a long career as a coach and AD.
Dick CampbellSheridan1944A QB in high school, he was captain of UW's undefeated 1950 Gator Bowl team as HB/DB.
Bill RoneyPowell1944A two-time all-stater, he was all-conference and team MVP at Montana State on the DL.
Ray HobbsSheridan1946Played FB at Washington State; later became a successful coach in Washington.
Dewey McConnellLaramie1947End blossomed into an all-America choice at UW; drafted by the LA Rams and played for Pittsburgh.
George BozanicLander1948After leading the Tigers to a state title, he played admirably for Southern Cal.
Jerry CampbellRawlins1950Two-time all-state running back (and 1950 POY) was a coach and AD in Buffalo for decades.
Jim CrawfordGreybull1952Led the NCAA in rushing in 1956 for UW; Greybull's field is named for him.
Homer ScottSheridan1952Broncs' backfield star, injured in college, became a business behemoth in Sheridan.
Larry ZowadaSheridan1953Helped Broncs win back-to-back state titles; became an all-conference QB for UW.
Howard CookWorland1954RB was an all-American as a senior; played for Colorado in college.
Boyd DowlerCheyenne Central1954Had a long NFL career, and won two Super Bowls, as a WR with the Packers after college at Colorado.
Jerry HillLingle1956Running back starred for UW and played for 10 years with the Colts.
Bud SpicerDouglas1957Bearcats star later played at UW and saw some time with the San Diego Chargers, BC Lions.
Mack BallsStar Valley1959Became a team captain and all-WAC end while playing at UW.
Tom WilkinsonGreybull1960Parlayed success at Wyoming into a long and illustrious career as a QB in the CFL.
Mel OlsonStar Valley1962A fullback in high school, he went on to be an all-WAC center for BYU.
Jim HouseLaramie1964An all-state halfback, House became a star linebacker and later a coach at UW.
Lew RoneyLaramie19651965 player of the year is regarded as one of the state's top all-around athletes; played end at Yale.
Dennis HavigPowell1966After CU, played six years as an offensive lineman in the NFL; made the 1972 all-rookie team.
Nick BeboutShoshoni1967Really took off at UW on the offensive line; spent eight years with three NFL teams.
Frosty FranklinPowell1967Running back helped Powell win two titles, became a record-setter while at Wyoming.
Jerry GadlinCheyenne Central1967Twice all-state at QB and state POY in 1967, Gadlin moved to wideout at UW.
Steve CockrehamLusk1968Tigers' do-it-all QB later led the wishbone attack and was a team captain at UW.
Keith NateCokeville1969Earned all-America honors as a senior; helped Panthers to an unbeaten season.
Don WestbrookCheyenne Central1969Halfback at Central converted to wide receiver; played at Nebraska and five seasons in NFL.
John KormyloThermopolis1971Wyoming's only ever Parade all-America selection played OL at both Colorado and BYU.
Gerry GeldienKelly Walsh1972Running back/defensive back started at SS at Arizona State as a freshman.
Kelly SittnerTorrington1972Two-time all-stater worked his way into the starting offensive line at UW.
Dirk BushRiverton1974Star running back played at Nebraska, but injury limited college career.
Steve DoverKemmerer1974Wyoming's first 2,000-yard back played for high-powered Notre Dame in college.
Mike McLeodCheyenne East1974Played DB for Montana State; won three Grey Cups in CFL and played two seasons with the Packers.
Chuck WilsonNatrona1974Twice all-state, he started at linebacker at Wyoming despite several injuries.
Jesse JohnsonCheyenne East1975Highly recruited out of East as a RB/DB, he played DB at Colorado and in four seasons with the Jets.
Jim EliopulosCheyenne Central1976A lineman at Central, he walked on at UW, became an all-WAC linebacker, and played in the NFL.
Mike MeesCody1977Recruited to play QB at BYU after stellar HS career, he became the Cougars’ punter.
Gil WintersPinedale1977Two-time all-stater worked his way into the starting lineup as a linebacker at UW.
Don BrackenThermopolis1979All-state DE found his calling as a punter at Michigan and in the NFL.
Allyn GriffinKelly Walsh1980WR helped lead KW to two titles; a big part of the passing game at UW; drafted by Detroit.
Steve HarshmanMidwest1980Helped Oilers win 17 consecutive games; a four-year starter, team captain at C at Black Hills St.
Bruce MowryKemmerer1980Two-time all-stater for the Rangers became a captain at UW while playing linebacker.
Rock MirichMoorcroft1982Dominant senior season as QB/LB earned him a spot at UW; started at LB for the Cowboys.
John McDougallCody1985QB was a three-time all-state choice for the Broncs.
Ty MumaTorrington1986Made big plays from the QB spot; grew into a solid DB at Wyoming before a knee injury.
Mike RooksJackson1986Three-time all-state, Gatorade POY RB/LB led Jackson to championship.
Terry JacksonKelly Walsh1987KW's first two-time all-state pick was the state's player of the year as a senior.
John GodinaCheyenne Central1989Olympian in throws (silver and bronze medalist in shot put) was a star lineman in high school.
Troy DumasCheyenne East1990Running back at East developed into an NFL-caliber LB at Nebraska.
Blaine PhillipsSheridan1991Quarterbacked the Broncs to back-to-back state titles; Milward Simpson Award winner.
Kyle SmithTorrington1991Started for Colorado's offensive line and led the way for a Heisman winner.
Je'Ney JacksonGuernsey-Sunrise1992Vikings' Mr. Everything was a return dynamo and DB while at UW.
Jim TalichPine Bluffs1992Twice an all-state selection, he grew into an all-conference linebacker at UW.
Lee VaughnCheyenne East1992Thunderbirds' DB/KR excelled at UW in similar roles.
Kevin HomerNatrona1993One of the best LBs in Chadron St. history; played in NFL Europe.
Ben PhillipsSheridan1993Two-time 4A Back of the Year quarterbacked Broncs to back-to-back titles; drafted by the Yankees.
Jason SandersonStar Valley1993Defensive back and punt returner started for three years at Air Force.
Mike FackrellEvanston1994Two-time Super 25 RB is part of the Chadron St. athletics hall of fame despite injury.
Corte McGuffeyRiverton1994QB helped lead Northern Colorado to two Division II national titles.
Brett KeiselGreybull1996DL played for a decade with the Steelers; Super Bowl champion.
Brady PoppingaEvanston1997Linebacker enjoyed a long NFL career after playing at BYU.
Casey BramletWheatland1998Was a star QB and longtime starter at UW; still has several Cowboy records.
Ryan McGuffeyRiverton1998WR led Riverton to two state titles and later broke out at UW.
John ChickGillette2000Starred in the CFL for years and also had a stint with the Jaguars.
Casey FosherLusk2000The only three-time Super 25 selection walked on at Nebraska, played at Chadron St.
Scott MuirRawlins2000Simpson Award winner, two-time all-stater led Rawlins to undefeated season as a senior.
Mike VomhofGillette2000Unanimous 4A back of the year for unbeaten Camels, he played at CSU before injury slowed him.
Clint OldenburgGillette2001A tight end in high school, he started on the OL at CSU and played briefly in the NFL.
John WendlingRock Springs2001Defensive back was a star at UW and played for Buffalo and Detroit in the NFL.
Erick PauleyGreen River2004Two-time Super 25 OL/DL was the last lineman to win Gatorade POY honors.
Chris ProsinskiBuffalo2005Bison star went from safety at UW to a seven-year NFL career.
Tom EarlNatrona2008Mustangs' featured back had numerous big-yardage games; opted for basketball in college.
Austin WoodwardSheridan2009Broncs' do-everything quarterback was a handful under center; won Milward Simpson Award.
Jordan RobertsGillette/Sheridan2011Holds the state 11-man record for rushing yards in a season (2,688).
Taven BryanNatrona2013DL left Florida early to enter NFL; was a first-round draft pick of Jacksonville.
Austin FortGillette2013Converted from QB in high school to TE in college; on the roster for Denver despite injury.
Tevis BartlettCheyenne East2014Dual threat quarterback/linebacker was a starter at Washington.
Logan WilsonNatrona2014LB blossomed at UW and became a third-round draft pick of Cincinnati in 2020.
Theo DawsonJackson2015Had 2,283 rushing yards as a senior; has been on the roster for both UW and BYU.
Logan HarrisTorrington2016Offensive lineman (and shot putting dynamo) went on to start at UW.
Garrett CoonSheridan2019Sheridan's only three-time all-state selection was also the Gatorade POY.
Jeydon CoxJackson2019RB rewrote the record books as Wyoming’s only two-time 2,000-yard season rusher.
Graedyn BuellCheyenne East2020QB overcame injury as a sophomore to have two high-yardage passing seasons.
Andrew JohnsonCheyenne Central2020First Wyoming WR to break 1,000 yard barrier in two seasons in a high school career.

2 Thoughts on “The Wyo 100 — Wyoming’s top 100 high school football players of the past 100 years

  1. Randy Stonebraker on August 20, 2021 at 9:04 am said:

    Garry MCLean from Evanston played at Wyoming for 4 yrs. why was he left off the list?

  2. Patrick on August 20, 2021 at 9:18 am said:

    Randy, Garry was seriously considered. Only 100 spots to give, though.

    –patrick

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