Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Bouknight, Goldberg on all decade team

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Former Wyoming player and graduate assistant coach Jovon Bouknight, center, was named to the Mountain West Conference All-Decade team, along with former UW offensive lineman Adam Goldberg (below).

By Wyoming Sports.org

The Mountain West Conference announced on Tuesday its 10th Anniversary Football Team, as selected by a combined panel of media, institutional and conference personnel, as well as an on-line fan poll.

The Wyoming Cowboys were represented on the squad by former wide receiver Jovon Bouknight (2002-05) and offensive lineman Adam Goldberg (1999-2002).

In order to be eligible for consideration, candidates must have been a First Team All-Mountain West selection at least once in their careers.

Anniversary teams will be chosen for each of the 19 conference-sponsored sports during the 2008-09 seasons in celebration of the Mountain West's 10th anniversary.

The announcement of the All-Decade team for football coincides with the 2008 MWC Media Days held July 20-22 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Bouknight concluded his UW career ranked No. 20 in NCAA history in both career receiving yards (3,626) and career receptions (250). His senior season, he was a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award, and also earned Honorable Mention All-America honors from College Football News. He earned First Team All-MWC honors as a senior. Bouknight concluded his career ranked No. 2 in MWC history in both receptions (250) and receiving yards (3,626). In Wyoming school history, Bouknight ranks No. 3 in career receiving yards, No. 2 in school history in career receptions and is UW's all-time all-purpose yardage leader (5,921 all-purpose yards), as well as career kickoff return leader (2,016 kickoff-return yards). He caught at least one pass in 47 consecutive games, which is the UW school record. Bouknight is currently a member of the Wyoming coaching staff as the offensive graduate assistant.

Goldberg was named First Team All-MWC after his junior and senior seasons (2001 and 2002) by the MWC Coaches. He was also named First Team All-MWC following his final year by the MWC Media and Football News and he represented UW at the post-season Rotary Gridiron Classic. Goldberg was a four-year starter for the Cowboys on the offensive line and his final two seasons he started at the important left tackle position, protecting the quarterback's back-side. He started all 44 career games he played in at UW. The only game he missed during his career was due to mononucleosis in the 2001 season opener against Furman. Goldberg signed with the Minnesota Vikings after finishing his career at UW. He played with the Vikings from 2003-06 and is currently on the St. Louis Rams roster.
QB — Alex Smith (Utah) 2002-2004
RB — DonTrell Moore (New Mexico) 2002-2005, Luke Staley (BYU) 1999-2001.
WR — Jovon Bouknight (Wyoming) 2002-2005, David Anderson (Colorado State) 2002-2005.
TE — Jonny Harline (BYU) 2004-2006.
OL — Adam Goldberg (Wyoming) 1999-2002, Ryan Cook (New Mexico) 2002-2005, Doug Kaufusi (Utah) 1999-2001, Jordan Gross (Utah) 1999-2002, Erik Pears (Colorado State) 2001-2004.
Place-kicker — John Sullivan (New Mexico) 2004-2007.
DL — Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (San Diego State) 1999, Chase Ortiz (TCU) 2005-2007, Brady Poppinga (BYU) 2001-2004, Steve Fifita (Utah) 2002-2005.
LB — Rob Morris (BYU) 1999, Kirk Morrison (San Diego State) 2001-2004, Beau Bell (UNLV) 2004-2007.
DB — Brian Urlacher (New Mexico) 1999, Eric Weddle (Utah) 2003-2006, Jamaal Brimmer (UNLV) 2001-2004, Will Demps (San Diego State) 1999-2001.
Punter — Matt Payne (BYU) 2001-2004.
Punt/kick returner — Dexter Wynn (Colorado State) 2000-03.

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