October 12, 2012

Anaya enjoying strong senior season

It's a good time to be Ryan Anaya.

Anaya committed to play football for the Wyoming Cowboys in June becoming the Cowboys' first in-state commitment since 2010.

This fall, The 6-foot-4, 248-pound outside linebacker is the top player on the top team in Wyoming. Anaya's Natrona County Mustangs take a 7-0 record into Laramie this weekend's tilt with the 1-6 Laramie Plainsmen in Laramie.

"The season this year has been going great," Anaya said. "Our team has proven that were the team to beat this year.  Im really enjoying this season even as fast as its going by. Being a part of this powerhouse defense we have developed has been the highlight of my senior season."

This season Anaya is leading Wyoming's top-ranked Natrona County defense, which is allowing an average of just 19 yards per game and 0.7 yards per rush. Overall the defense is giving up 101 yards per game of total offense to its opponents. Anaya's individual numbers include 22 tackles, six for loss, four sacks and two interceptions. He has also caught two passes on offense for 18 yards.

Anaya was quick to point out his individual numbers and those of the NC defense are due in large part to a stout defensive line.

"The defensive linemen in front of me (Greg Lensert, Adam Britton, Coulter Bentley, and Conner True ) are really the power of our defense," Anaya said. "The four linebackers really enjoy benefitting off the sacks and tackles we get because of the four in the trenches."

Anaya said he has been working on his individual improvement off-the-field in weight training class as well as on-field techniques.

"I have improved a lot of skills such as block shedding techniques and my reaction time to recognize a play happening in front of me," he said. "I have also worked on pass rushing. But overall I guess I could say that I'm improving my skills and techniques everyday."

Given the location of Natrona County's game with Laramie this weekend, Anaya said he is going to stay in town and take in the Air Force game at the University of Wyoming on Saturday. It will be the second Cowboy contest he has seen this year, with the other being the Pokes' home opener against Toledo.

"Wyoming has kept in regular contact with me," Anaya said. "They are always just checking in and see how I'm doing, ask about my games and so on.  I have been to the Toledo game and I'm going to the Air Force game which should be a lot of fun."

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