Laramie -- Marcus Epps came to the University of Wyoming as a walk-on to the football team.
He left as a three-time team captain, one of three finalists -- the only one from a non-power five school -- for the Burlsworth Trophy as the outstanding college football walk-on.
And on Saturday, the Cowboys safety became the one Cowboy player selected in the NFL draft this year, going to the Minnesota Vikings as the 19th player picked in the sixth round.
At least six other Cowboys agreed to free-agent contracts:
-- Defensive end Carl Granderson, New Orleans Saints.
-- Free safety Andrew Wingard, Jacksonville Jaguars.
-- Tight end Austin Fort, Denver Broncos.
-- Running back Nico Evans, Philadelphia Eagles.
-- Tight end Tyree Mayfield, San Francisco 49ers.
-- Nose tackle Sidney Malauulu, San Francisco 49er.
Epps came to Wyoming in 2014 as a walk-on from Edison High School in Los Angeles, Calif. He redshirted his freshman season. In 2015, Epps earned a starting spot at safety and was rewarded with a scholarship. From that point forward, he started 50 games -- the last 49 consecutive games at safety for the Pokes.
He concluded his Wyoming career with 325 career tackles, ranking No. 11 in Wyoming school history. Among all active FBS players in 2018, Epps tied for 12th in career interceptions, with nine, and he ranked No. 23 in the nation among active players in career solo tackles, averaging 4.30 per game.
Under his leadership, Wyoming was bowl elgibile all three years he was a voted a team captain and made consecutive bowl appearances in the 2016 Poinsettia Bowl and the 2017 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. The Cowboys also made their first appearance in the Mountain West Championship Game in 2016.
Epps is a father. He and his girlfriend, Megan, are parents of two-year old son Braxton.
This marks the third consecutive year that Wyoming has had at least one player selected in the NFL Draft, and the fourth year in the five years during the Craig Bohl-era that Wyoming has had a player selected. Former Wyoming linebacker Mark Nzeocha was selected in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. Cowboy running back Brian Hill (fifth round by Cincinnati Bengals) and offensive lineman Chase Roullier (sixth round by the Washington Redskins) were drafted in the 2017 NFL Draft. In the 2018 NFL Draft, Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen became the highest NFL Draft pick in school history when the Buffalo Bills selected him with the seventh pick in the first round.