* University of Wyoming press release

LARAMIE -- The NCAA released the most recent Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) data on Tuesday, and University of Wyoming Athletics teams once again achieved exceptional APR scores.

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The most recent Division I APR data is part of the annual NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program. University of Wyoming Athletics teams received outstanding scores both for the most recent single year measured (2022-23) and for the most recent four-year period that includes the 2019-20 through 2022-23 academic years.

10 UW Teams Earn Perfect Single-Year APR Scores of 1,000
The APR is the NCAA's annual benchmark of academic achievement for Division I programs. A perfect score is 1,000. 10 of Wyoming's 15 Cowboy and Cowgirl teams recorded perfect single-year APR scores of 1,000, including: men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s golf, wrestling, women’s cross country, women’s track and field, tennis and volleyball. For the purposes of the NCAA Division I APR calculations, indoor and outdoor track teams are combined into one team.

"Our student-athletes excel academically, and we are extremely proud of their all their accomplishments," said Tom Burman, University of Wyoming Athletics Director. "While these achievements begin and end with our student-athletes, there are a lot of other people who contribute to this success. Our Office of Academic Support in athletics is here to mentor our student-athletes and help them in their academic pursuits. We are extremely grateful to the UW faculty for all they do in helping our student-athletes achieve their academic goals. Our coaches and their staff members do an outstanding job in both recruiting excellent student-athletes and helping them balance their athletic and academic demands.”

Four Teams Achieve Perfect Multiyear Scores of 1,000
A total of four Wyoming Athletics teams also recorded a perfect multiyear score of 1,000 for the four-year period from 2019-20 through 2022-23. Those four teams are: women's cross country, men's golf, women's track and field and women's volleyball.

For the 12th consecutive year, the Wyoming men's golf team recorded a perfect multiyear score of 1,000. It was the fourth consecutive reporting period that women's cross country achieved a perfect multiyear score of 1,000 and the women's track and field and women's volleyball teams earned perfect multi-year scores for the third consecutive reporting period.

Following closely behind the four UW programs that recorded perfect multiyear APR scores of 1,000 are all of Wyoming's 10 other programs that posted multiyear scores well over the 930 benchmark. Those sports are: women's basketball (995), women's golf (993), women's soccer (992), women's tennis (992), women's swimming and diving (991), men's track and field (983), men's basketball (979). football (979), men's swimming and diving (975) and wrestling (975)

This year's NCAA release does not include penalties, loss of access to postseason competition or public recognition of high-achieving teams as those elements of the NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program remain suspended through spring 2024. Therefore, teams with APRs below 930 will not be subject to penalties or loss of access to postseason competition.

How the APR is Calculated
The APR scores are based on two factors: the retention rate of scholarship student-athletes and the academic eligibility of scholarship student-athletes.

The APR is calculated as follows:
• Each student-athlete receiving athletically-related financial aid earns one point for staying in school and one point for being academically eligible.

• A team's total points are divided by points possible and then multiplied by 1,000 to equal the team's Academic Progress Rate.

• In addition to a team's current-year APR, its rolling four-year APR is also used to determine accountability.

• Teams must earn a four-year average APR of 930 to compete in NCAA Division I Championships.

The NCAA's APR data calculation was first implemented in the 2003-04 academic year.

University of Wyoming’s Top 50 Football Players

During the summer of 2021, 7220Sports.com counted down the Top 50 football players in University of Wyoming history, presented by Premier Bone & Joint Centers, Worthy of Wyoming.

The rules are simple: What was the player's impact while in Laramie? That means NFL stats, draft status or any other accolade earned outside of UW is irrelevant when it comes to this list.

This isn't a one-man job. This task called for a panel of experts. Joining 7220's Cody Tucker are Robert GagliardiJared NewlandRyan Thorburn, and Kevin McKinney.

We all compiled our own list of 50 and let computer averages do the work. Think BCS -- only we hope this catalog is fairer.

Don't agree with a selection? Feel free to sound off on our Twitter: @7220sports - #Top50UWFB

Gallery Credit: 7220Sports.com

- University of Wyoming’s Top 50 Football Players

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