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All in the football family
Bryce Brose will wear No. 63 for the Wyoming Cowboys this fall
Bryce Brose left in June to start his career — academic and football — at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.
Then he came back because the NCAA didn’t like a couple classes on his high school transcript.
Finally, after six weeks of an intense English 4 class this summer, Brose is heading back to Wyoming.
He will redshirt this year (he won’t play, but he’ll still have four years of eligibility), but he will don the No. 63 jersey and stand on the sidelines at home games.
Brose didn’t really have a choice when it came to football.
His grandpa played four years at Washington State University.
His dad played four years for the University of Washington (two Rose Bowls and two Aloha Bowls) and a short stint in the NFL.
His older brothers, Johnny and Vernon, also played.
“I’ve always grown up around football,” Bryce says.
His first organized games were in sixth grade with the YMCA’s tackle football program.
Then middle school and on to Baker High School.
He had hopes of playing at the college level, so during his junior year his mom, Janie, went through the lengthy process of getting him registered with the NCAA.
That year was also his toughest — he hurt his shoulder and missed the first three games with the Bulldogs. After playing the rest of the season, he had surgery to repair torn cartilage.
“I didn’t know it was torn. I just thought it was a bad strain,” he said. “I re-hurt it every game.”
Right before surgery he got mono, then afterward he had a bout with shingles and pneumonia.
His senior year was pretty uneventful, injury-wise, and ended with his team placing second in the 4A state championship game in Corvallis.
“What really made me want to pursue college was this year’s football team. It was so awesome,” he said.
He wanted to play beyond high school, so he chose to send a cover letter and film clips to Washington State and the University of Wyoming.
The Wyoming coach, Dave Christensen, called and revealed that he’d played college football with Bryce’s dad, Ted. Then he invited Bryce and his parents to come visit the university.
They did in April, and the plan was for Bryce to return right after he graduated to take summer classes.
Everything seemed fine until Janie received a call from NCAA saying they wouldn’t accept a class Bryce took as a high school freshman.
“They said ‘you’re short one English credit.’ So I had to come back and do summer school,” he said.
The NCAA also had an issue with one of his health classes, but later accepted it after teacher Michele McCauley submitted a description of the daily coursework.
But there was still that English class, which Bryce completed in six weeks with the help of Merna Putman. Janie said Principal Jerry Peacock and guidance counselor Gail Lemberger also provided priceless help.
“There was countless hours and endless support from our high school,” Janie said.
But his biggest worry is the elevation of Laramie at 7,200 feet above sea level.
“It’s going to be horrible,” he said with a smile.
He said by Aug. 5 they are supposed to be running 110-yard sprints in 19 seconds — 12 times in a row with 40 second breaks.
But he doesn’t mind — he just wants to play football. In high school his positions were offensive guard and offensive tackle.
“Hopefully I’ll do offensive center,” he said.
Bryce would join another BHS graduate, Grant Johnson, in playing on the offensive line for a Division I school.
Johnson is a starting guard for the Oregon State Beavers.