Galand Thaxton

Football, 1984-87

One of the greatest defensive players in the history of the University of Wyoming, Galand Thaxton is the Cowboys’ all-time leading tackler. With the strength to play on the inside and the quickness to play outside, Thaxton was the anchor of the Cowboy defense. As a redshirt freshman, he started every game at outside linebacker and was named the WAC Rookie of the Year. In 1986, his junior year, Thaxton was the only Cowboy named to the All-WAC First Team. In 1986 and 1987, he was voted defensive captain by his teammates, making him the only Wyoming player in history to be selected as captain twice. He also was selected as an Associated Press Third-Team All-American in 1987, as he helped lead the Cowboys to a WAC title and an appearance in the Holiday Bowl. When Thaxton left the University of Wyoming he had a record 467 career tackles, giving him a first place ranking in UW history.

Inducted October 1, 1999

Honors and Awards

  • Wyoming career (467) and single-season (158) leading tackler
  • Western Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year in 1984