From the desk of Tim Harkins
Wyoming Athletic Department
LARAMIE -- Senior place-kicker Cooper Rothe, one of the three national finalists for the 2018 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, has been named a Third Team Preseason All-American by Athlon Sports and a Fourth Team All-American by Phil Steele Publications for the 2019 season.
Rothe was named the Mountain West Conference Special Teams Player of the Year in 2018 and earned First Team All-Mountain West honors. He concluded the 2018 season ranked No. 1 in the nation in field-goal percentage, making 94.1 percent of his field-goal attempts (16 of 17).
The junior from Longmont, Colo., tied for the No. 1 spot in the country in point-after-touchdown percentage as he was a perfect 28 of 28 in PATs during the 2018 season. He was one of the keys to Wyoming earning bowl eligibility for the third consecutive season, and he helped the Cowboys finish the regular season on a four-game winning streak.
He will enter his senior season with 44 career field goals, which ranks him No. 4 among all returning active Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) players in the nation in made field goals. Rothe has scored 260 career points, ranking him No. 4 on the Wyoming school scoring list.
He needs 64 more points to tie Wyoming's all-time leader Sean Fleming, who scored 324 points as a place-kicker from 1988-91. Rothe also needs only 13 more made field goals to tie Fleming for the UW career record of 57 made field goals. Over the past two seasons, Rothe has successfully converted an amazing 31 of 35 (88.6 percent) field-goal attempts. He has started every game of his college career, beginning with the very first game of his true freshman season of 2016 through the final regular-season game of 2018 -- 39 consecutive starts.
On top of his athletic achievements, Rothe earned Academic All-Mountain West honors for the third consecutive season in 2018, majoring in finance.
Honors and Career Highlights
•2018 One of three national finalists for the Lou Groza Award
•2018 Mountain West Conference Special Teams Player of the Year
•2018 First Team All-Mountain West Conference
•2018 No. 1 in the nation in field-goal percentage (94. 1 percent, making 16 of 17 field goals)
•2018 Tied for No. 1 in the nation in PAT Percentage (100.0 percent, making 28 of 28 PATs)
•2018 Ranked No. 24 in the nation in average field goals made (1.33 per game)
•Will enter his senior season of 2019 with 44 career field goals, which will rank him No. 4 among all active FBS players entering the 2019 season
•Has started every game of his college career -- 39 consecutive games
•A starter on three consecutive bowl-eligible teams in 2016, '17 and '18
•Has scored 260 career points and needs only 64 more points to tie Wyoming's all-time scoring record
•Has 44 career field goals made and needs only 13 more field goals to tie Wyoming's career record