12/14/2012 - 2012 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FIRST-TEAM (COACHES & MEDIA): DL Mike Purcell, Sr., Wyoming, has been selected First Team All-Mountain West Conference (Coaches & Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. Purcell achieved First Team All-Mountain West for the first time during his Cowboy career. He also earned 2012 Preseason All-Mountain West First Team honors from Mountain West media. Purcell ranked No. 1 among all MW defensive linemen in tackles, averaging 6.9 tackles per game, and ranked No. 3 among all MW defensive linemen in solo tackles, with 36. The senior from Highlands Ranch, Colo., ranked No. 14 in the Mountain West in tackles among all players at all positions (6.9 per game).
He ended the season with 83 total tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one pass breakup and one blocked kick from his defensive tackle position. Purcell was amazingly consistent throughout the season, recording five or more tackles in 11 of 12 games. His season high tackle game in conference play came against New Mexico, with 11 tackles. - Wyoming football
07/25/2012 - 2012 MOUNTAIN WEST PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM (MEDIA): DL Mike Purcell, Sr., Wyoming, has been selected First Team Preseason All-Mountain West football for the 2012 college football season as chosen by the Mountain West media. - Wyoming football