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Wyoming Cowboys linebacker Chad Muma accepts invitation to Senior Bowl

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LARAMIE – The Cincinnati Bengals targeted Logan Wilson in the 2020 draft after getting a closer look at the former Natrona County High and Wyoming linebacker during the Senior Bowl.

Now it’s time for an NFL franchise to fall for Chad Muma in Mobile, Alabama.

UW’s senior linebacker has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl on Feb. 5, which means Muma will likely be entering the draft after the season instead of using the extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA due to the pandemic.

“We’re glad we have No. 48. How much longer we have him, I don’t know,” UW head coach Craig Bohl said Monday. “But I’m going to put my arms around him and give him a big hug. I’m glad he’s on our team.”

Entering the Cowboys’ game at Utah State on Saturday at Maverik Stadium (6 p.m., CBS Sports Network), Muma ranks second in the FBS in solo tackles (6.7 per game) and fifth in total tackles (10.3 per game).

The 6-foot-3, 242-pound senior from Lone Tree, Colorado, also has three interceptions and returned two of them for touchdowns this season.

Muma is one of 16 semifinalists for the Butkus Award given to the nation’s top linebacker and one of 18 semifinalists for the Bednarik Award given to the nation’s top defensive player.

“Stock is only going to rise here,” Wilson posted on social media in reaction to Muma accepting an invitation to the Senior Bowl. “More than deserving of this opportunity.”

Muma had a team-high 14 tackles during UW’s 23-13 loss to Boise State last Friday. He has 103 tackles in 10 games this season after leading the Mountain West and ranking third nationally with 11.8 tackles per game in 2020.

Wilson, who was selected with the first pick in the third round of the 2020 NFL draft, leads the Bengals with 78 tackles and four interceptions.

“After seeing Logan’s success that he had when he was playing here and then the opportunities that came to him when he was here, I think that’s kind of when I realized that I might have opportunities for myself knowing that I was the next guy up once Logan left,” Muma said. “So that was kind of the point in my career I thought I might have a shot at this, but I still just have to go put in the work and do my thing.”

Muma plans to graduate from UW with a degree in mechanical engineering this spring.

Pokes in the Senior Bowl

All-time Wyoming Cowboys in the Senior Bowl

Player Position Year

Eddie Talboom RB/K 1951

Jim Crawford RB 1957

Jerry Hill RB 1961

Bob Bisacre RB 1962

Paul Toscano QB 1968

Jim Kiick RB 1968

Dennis Devlin DB 1969

Jim House LB 1969

Lawrence Gaines RB 1976

Aaron Kyle DB 1976

Mike Smith P 1980

Danny Pittman WR 1980

Rick Donnelly P 1985

Jay Novacek TE 1985

Allyn Griffin WR 1986

Craig Schlichting DL 1990

Mitch Donahue DE 1991

Doug Rigby DL 1992

Ryan Yarborough WR 1994

Steve Scifres OL 1997

Corey Wedel K 1998

Rob Bohlinger OL 1998

Deric Yaussi K 2006

Marqueston Huff DB 2014

Robert Herron WR 2014

Josh Allen QB 2018

Carl Granderson DE 2019

Logan Wilson LB 2020

Chad Muma LB 2021

Follow UW beat writer Ryan Thorburn on Twitter @By_RyanThorburn

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