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Wyoming football prep stars prepare for Laramie after Saturday Shrine Bowl

Jun 10, 2012 - The Associated Press

CASPER (AP) -- Josh Teeter's choice was, quite simply, academic.

With academic scholarships taking care of tuition at the University of Wyoming, the Laramie lineman was not going to let the opportunity to walk on to the Cowboys football team, well, walk away.

"I mean, I've lived in Laramie my whole life," Teeter said. "Why wouldn't I want to (walk on)?"

Teeter, along with Matt Eddington (Evanston) and Tanner Simpson (Lander), will all be preferred walk-ons this fall for the Cowboys. Teeter and Eddington, an all-purpose back, are members of the South team, while Simpson -- a wide receiver -- will play for the North squad.

The 39th annual Wyoming Shrine Bowl all-star game was played Saturday evening at Natrona County High School's Cheney Alumni Field.

While the Cowboys didn't offer a full-ride athletic scholarship to any in-state player, that trio -- along with Lovell lineman Garrett Angell and Natrona County kicker Taylor King -- will all be preferred walk-ons this fall.

Angell and King, who are not taking part in this week's activities, announced their statuses earlier this year.

While proximity was key for Teeter, he also cited familiarity with current players as a reason he chose UW versus other offers.

"It's a fairly comfortable atmosphere," Teeter tells the Casper Star-Tribune.

Teeter garnered second-team Class 4-A all-state honors at offensive line this past fall, while both Simpson and Eddington were all-state selections. Eddington had drawn interest for both basketball and football from a multitude of smaller schools in the region. Simpson was a two-time all-state selection in both football and basketball, and also excelled on the track.

Simpson was actually selected to play in both all-star basketball events -- Eddington earned a nod for this weekend's Wyoming-Montana series -- but he decided to use the summer to prepare for the physicality of Division I football.

"I've been lifting hard and mostly focusing on football," Simpson said.

Both Eddington and Simpson earned academic scholarships as well, but are just as eager to prove they can play Division I football.

"I just think I can prove myself down there," said Eddington, who added he never really set his eyes on a smaller school. "Even though (UW) didn't offer me anything, I'm pretty confident going down there .

"I think I can do whatever I can down there and get on the team. And ultimately play."

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