Casper native returns for final season

CASPER, Wyo. The Cowboys played a home game last Saturday against UNLV and won 53 to 17, and one Cowboy touchdown was scored by Casper native, Josh Harshman.

"Being from Wyoming has always been a special thing and just to see the home fans come out every year and support us is, it's been pretty special," said Josh Harshman.

Josh Harshman plays football for the state he calls home.

"I think Wyoming fans appreciate that a bit little more, that there are some Wyoming kids on the roster and that we are getting playing time here and contributing to the team," said Josh Harshman.

He grew up in Casper where he attended Natrona County High School. During his high school years, he played quarterback and was coached by his dad Steve Harshman who still coaches the Mustangs today.

"I think there is probably nothing better than as a parent, watching your kids do stuff. Whether it's piano lessons, or tumbling when they're little or summer baseball when they're kids, there is nothing better. So it's been really fun watching and seeing him develop," said Steve Harshman.

Now, 150 miles away, he still gets that hometown feeling when he steps onto a field.

"I mean there is a lot of people who come up from Casper, I had a ton of family at the game and you know it's Wyoming, it's one big state and I mean everyone comes around and supports Wyoming so it's awesome being from the state," said Josh Harshman.

Coming off a knee injury from last season, he started his senior season again.

"I thought last year was going to be my last season and then I ended up getting hurt, so the opportunity to come back and play another season was definitely something I wanted to do, I talked to my parents about it," said Josh Harshman. "I didn't want to end my last play, playing for Wyoming with an injury, so coming back it's just awesome being around the guys again and on the team again so it's been an awesome experience so far."

This time he was named captain.

"Just to have all my teammates vote me as captain, it was a really special moment coming off a knee injury, and then being my last season here, and then being from Wyoming that's a pretty special thing," said Josh Harshman. "So to have my teammates think of me as a leader and a captain that was a really special honor."

"Probably one of the nicest honors that you can get in sports because it's the guys that you work with, it's the guys who know how much you really love it, and the work and how much you love your team and those kinds of things," said Steve Harshman. "So I always thought those things were really important. I was really happy for him, he has put in a lot of work, he has really worked hard, and done a great job so yeah really proud of him."

The cowboys have a bye week this week and then travel to San Diego State on October 12.