Leadership a focus for older Wyoming Cowboy Football players

Published: Aug. 27, 2023 at 10:05 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Of the 114 players currently on the University of Wyoming Football roster only 11 of them are Seniors or Graduate students, that’s 9.6%.

It takes experienced leadership to keep a younger team successful, especially if the going gets tough. That is something that the older Cowboys do not take lightly.

“I was blessed to have the guys vote me as captain last year,” Graduate Tight End, Treyton Welch, said. “I just want that to mean to them that they are captain with me, if that makes sense. I want to be a leader of my players, and my teammates and my guys. I just want us all to be one. Going into this year I am really excited to continue to build a relationship with the guys. A lot of these guys are probably going to be at my wedding, which is crazy to think about. It’s going to be a fun year.”

Cornerback, Jakorey Hawkins, is one of two seniors on the team right now, he is part of a very experienced starting defense, but has a plethora of younger defensive backs looking up to him.

“I’m just teaching them simple things like corner back is a hard position, every single detail can be exposed into a touchdown,” Hawkins said. “I’m just trying to tell them ‘hey, those critical errors, we can’t make them, cause everyone is going to see them.’ Just trying to instill that in them.”