LARAMIE — Chad Muma, a third-generation Cowboy, was destined to be an awesome Wyoming linebacker, no matter who was in entrance of him on the depth chart.
However having Logan Wilson as a mentor for 2 seasons offered a transparent profession path for Muma to observe step-by-step.
Two years after Wilson was a Butkus Award finalist, Senior Bowl participant and NFL Scouting Mix invitee, Muma has checked off the identical containers.
NFL coaches, executives and scouts looking for a participant within the mildew of Wilson — who shall be beginning at center linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals throughout Sunday’s Tremendous Bowl in Los Angeles towards the Rams — have a carbon copy to contemplate drafting in Muma.
“I get requested about Logan loads throughout my interviews,” Muma, who’s from Lone Tree, Colo., stated after assembly with the Denver Broncos on the Senior Bowl earlier this month in Cell, Ala. “So I feel his success and now going to the Tremendous Bowl and him form of being a mentor towards me has helped loads.”
Wilson was chosen with the primary decide within the third spherical of the 2020 draft by the Bengals. The Casper native led Cincinnati with 100 tackles and 4 interceptions through the common season regardless of lacking 5 video games.
Coming into Tremendous Bowl LVI, the 6-ffot-2, 241-pund Wilson is main the NFL in postseason tackles with 30 within the Bengals’ three playoff video games.
Muma, a 6-3, 242-pound UW senior, led all Senior Bowl members with 9 tackles and is projected to be a second-round decide by a number of draft analysts.
“That is what was so nice for Chad, he did not have a sense out interval of what it takes to be nice,” UW linebackers coach Aaron Bohl stated. “He might simply see it by watching Logan.”
After redshirting in 2015 popping out of Natrona County Excessive Faculty as a large receiver/security prospect, Wilson racked up 409 tackles, 10 interceptions and 4 fumble recoveries over the subsequent 4 seasons.
Muma, who backed up Wilson and Cassh Maluia for 2 seasons earlier than taking on because the beginning center linebacker through the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, completed his Cowboy profession with 267 tackles, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
“Chad Muma, we noticed the manufacturing at Wyoming and what he was in a position to do. It was off he charts,” ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. stated. “He’s at all times across the ball.”
Wilson averaged 8.2 tackles per recreation with 105 throughout his senior season. Muma averaged 8.1 tackles per recreation for his profession with an FBS-leading 142 stops throughout his senior season. They each scored two defensive touchdowns at UW.
Wilson will attempt to turn out to be a Tremendous Bowl champion on Sunday. Muma’s NFL dream shall be realized through the draft April 28-29 in Las Vegas.
“I feel it had a profound impression,” UW head coach Craig Bohl stated of Wilson’s affect on Muma. “Aaron is teaching these guys and positively he has carried out an excellent job, however each time you’ve a seasoned, veteran participant and you may watch him do issues and see how they function, it’s form of a shining instance.
“We’re in hopes that Chad goes to do the identical factor with a few our different younger linebackers that now we have proper now. That’s simply one other attribute of Logan’s legacy right here.”
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