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Wyoming Cowboys Crall, Cryder sign NFL free agent deals

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Posted at 11:48 AM, May 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-03 10:29:40-04

(Editor's note: UW Athletics release)

LARAMIE, Wyo. - University of Wyoming two-year captain and four-year starter Garrett Crall has been picked up by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent. Crall was a standout defensive end for the Pokes from 2017 to 2021, starting 40 of 54 career games.

Crall earned Honorable Mention All-Mountain West Conference honors in 2021 as selected by MW head coaches and media. He began his college career as a walk-on and ended his career being voted by his teammates a team captain for the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Crall helped lead the Cowboys to three bowl victories in the 2017 and 2021 Famous Idaho Potato Bowls and the 2019 Arizona Bowl.

His senior season, Crall was credited with 44 total tackles, including 24 solo stops, 2.5 sacks, 6.0 tackles for loss, four quarterback hurries and two pass breakups. For his career, Crall made 191 total tackles. Of those 191 tackles, 95 were solo tackles. He totalled 16.0 sacks 27.0 tackles for loss, had eight pass breakups, forced two fumbles and recovered three fumbles.

A former high school quarterback from Hicksville, Ohio, Crall is one of the great walk-on stories in Wyoming football history. He was a nominee for the 2021 Burlsworth Trophy, which is an award given annually to the most outstanding FBS college football player who began his career as a walk-on.

Crall joins his former teammate Marcus Epps, who is currently a safety with the Philadelphia Eagles, as Cowboys who began their college careers as walk-ons and went on to earn an opportunity to play in the NFL.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are bringing in former Wyoming Cowboy center Keegan Cryder as an undrafted free agent. Cryder earned All-Mountain West Conference recognition three consecutive years and was a two-time team captain for Wyoming.

Cryder started every game for the Cowboys over his four-year playing career -- 44 consecutive starts without missing a single game. Of those 44 starts, his first four starts were made at offensive guard his redshirt freshman season of 2018. But for the final eight games of the 2018 season through the 2021 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl victory, Cryder started 40 straight games at center for Wyoming.

He was named to the Outland Trophy Watch List each of his final two seasons as a Cowboy and was also named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List. Cryder was named First Team All-Mountain West Conference in 2020 and was a Second Team selection in 2019 and ‘21 in voting by Mountain West head coaches and media. Pro Football Focus (PFF) also named Cryder a First Team All-Mountain West selection in 2021. His redshirt freshman season of 2018, he was named to the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-America Team. Cryder was a four-time Academic All-Mountain West honoree.

Cryder was voted by his teammates a team captain in both 2020 and 2021. During his college career, Wyoming won three bowl games -- the 2017 and 2021 Famous Idaho Potato Bowls and the 2019 Arizona Bowl -- and earned bowl eligibility a fourth time in 2018.

He was the leader of an offensive line that helped Wyoming rank No. 20 among FBS teams in rushing offense in 2021, No. 14 in the nation in 2020 and No. 23 in the country in 2019.

Crall and Cryder join former teammate Chad Muma as Cowboys who earned NFL opportunities this spring. Muma was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars as the sixth pick in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft.