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Jimmy Pallotto, Staff Writer

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When one thinks back on the most explosive players from Cherry Creek’s 2014 state championship team, people say two names: Joe Parker and Milo Hall. It is hard to imagine last year without these two and their athletic ability, which carried the Bruins to the school’s ninth State title. This year, however, both of these former Bruins have staked a claim north of the Colorado Border in Laramie, Wyoming, at the University of Wyoming.

Milo Hall, running back at the University of Wyoming

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Milo Hall, running back at the University of Wyoming

In 2014, there was not a player more valuable than Milo Hall in the state of Colorado, as he was voted class 5A Player of the Year as well as first team All-State. Magical is the only word to describe the way Hall ran the ball. During his senior season on four separate occasions, Milo rushed for over 200 yards with the signature performance being his 284 yards in the season finale against league rival Eaglecrest High School. Hall’s outstanding play throughout 2014 got him attention from both New Mexico State University and the University of Northern Colorado, both being NCAA Division I schools. It wasn’t until late that Wyoming came calling for Milo, but once they did, his decision was a no brainer to join his teammate Joe Parker.

Joe Parker, slot receiver for University of Wyoming

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Joe Parker, slot receiver for University of Wyoming

A skill that cannot be coached is quickness and speed, both essential for a wide receiver. Joe Parker was born with crazy fast speed. He runs the forty-yard dash in 4.4 seconds, which is considered to be an NFL-caliber speed, and he is only nineteen years old. This season for the Cowboys, Joe has been given the role of slot receiver in Wyoming’s spread offense and has racked up a total of 55 yards on 6 receptions, averaging 9.2 yards a catch.

Wyoming has long been considered a Colorado college by proximity, being that it is only 90 minutes from Colorado State, there are twenty-three former Colorado High School football players currently playing in Laramie. This fact will help Joe and Milo remain in a comfortable environment as they continue with their careers. Big things seem to be ahead in the former Bruins’ future.

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