2020 Mountain West Football Top 50 Players: #28, Wyoming DE Solomon Byrd
The defensive end emerged as one of the best of a new-look Cowboys defense and jumps into our list of Mountain West football’s best.
The best may be yet to come.
You may have heard that the Wyoming Cowboys have a legion of young and productive defenders on the rise in 2020. The next player on our countdown of the conference’s top athletes, defensive end Solomon Byrd, might be the tip of that proverbial spear.
After taking a redshirt in 2018, Byrd came out in his first full year and established himself as one of the Mountain West’s premier freshmen at any position. He racked up 45 tackles while leading the conference’s freshman defenders with 6.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss, though it comes as a surprise, in retrospect, that production didn’t earn him even an honorable mention among last year’s postseason honors.
He may not be a household name just yet among college football enthusiasts, but he’s off to a fine start when it comes to belonging in the same conversation as previous Wyoming stars like Carl Granderson and Eddie Yarbrough.