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Pair of former Wyoming football players signed on as free agents following NFL Draft


(Dan Cepeda, Oil City File)

Chad Muma wasn’t the only former Wyoming football player to be courted by an NFL team recently.

Wyoming football announced that two other players — defensive lineman Garrett Crall and offensive lineman Keegan Cryder — were signed onto NFL squads as undrafted free agents Monday, being picked up by the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, respectively.

Muma garnered the headlines this weekend as the former All-Mountain West Conference (MWC) linebacker was picked in the third round of this past weekend’s NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars, joining a former UW teammate in the process: safety Andrew Wingard. But the post-draft signing period is where players like Crall and Cryder get their shots to prove themselves after slipping through the cracks.

Crall was an Honorable Mention All-MWC selection a year ago by both coaches and media, beginning his career as a walk-on and finishing it with 191 total tackles and 16 sacks to his name. The 6-foot-5 Ohio native will try to now make the team in Miami and help bolster a D-line that allowed 4.4 yards per carry last season.

Cryder was a fixture of the Pokes’ offensive line throughout his four years in Laramie, starting all 44 games he played in — with nearly all of them coming at the center position — as the Coloradoan won three All-MWC awards, highlighted by a First Team appearance in 2020. He’ll join a unit that has one of the most important jobs in football: protecting quarterback Tom Brady, who came out of a brief retirement this offseason to be the Bucs’ signal-caller once again at 44 years old.