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Former Cowboy Ryan Yarborough named to HOF ballot

June 4 – Former University of Wyoming wide receiver Ryan Yarborough will be named to next year’s College Football Hall of Fame inductee, the organization announced Monday.

Yarborough played for the Cowboys from 1990 to 1993, earning first-team All-American status in both 1992 and 1993. The 2025 ballot includes 77 players and nine coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision level, and 101 players and 34 coaches from the division ranks.

Yarborough was UW’s first two-time All-American and is one of the most productive receivers in Cowboys football history. He finished his career as the nation’s leader in receiving yards, had the most 200-yard receiving games, and had the most games in which he caught a touchdown pass.

He remains UW’s leader in career touchdown receptions with 42. In 1992, Yarborough was selected to the Football Writers of America All-America first team as a junior after leading the nation in receiving with 1,351 yards.

He finished that year with 86 receptions and 12 touchdown catches. As a senior in 1993, Yarborough again led the nation in receiving with 1,584 yards. That season he caught 75 passes for 16 touchdowns.

His totals broke the NCAA career receiving yardage record with 4,357 yards. During his senior year, he set or tied five NCAA records. For his efforts, Yarborough was named to the Associated Press first team and Football Writers of America All-America.

He tied the NCAA record for most 1,000-yard receiving seasons in a career with three, becoming only the fourth player in history to reach that mark. His Cowboys records for career and single-season touchdown receptions still stand.

He was a first-team All-Western Athletic Conference receiver following his junior and senior seasons. After his career at UW, Yarborough was a second-round draft pick of the New York Jets. He played professionally for the Jets, Baltimore Ravens and New Orleans Saints.

The ballot was emailed Monday to the National Football Foundation’s more than 12,000 members and current Hall of Famers, whose votes will be tabulated and presented to the NFF Honors Court, which will deliberate and will select the class.

The Honors Court, chaired by NFF board member and College Football Hall of Famer Archie Griffin of Ohio State, includes an elite and geographically diverse pool of athletics administrators, Hall of Famers and members of the media.

The announcement of the College Football Hall of Fame Class 2025 will occur in early 2025, with specific details to be announced in the future.

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