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Muhammad follows path to UW

Feb 7, 2013 - The Associated Press

Malkaam Muhammad played one year of high school football with his big brother, Ghaali, in St. Joseph, Mo.

Ghaali moved on to the University of Wyoming, where he played three years as a linebacker and one at running back.

When Malkaam was a senior in high school he verbally committed to UW.

"I thought it would be nice to play with my brother again," he said.

That never worked out, but Muhammad is with the Cowboys now. He was one of 23 players in the 2013 recruiting class who were introduced Wednesday at the Wildcatter Club & Suites at War Memorial Stadium.

Coming out of high school, Muhammad was a late qualifier academically, meaning he had to attend junior college. He went to Iowa Western and in his first season in 2011 recorded 38 tackles, 2.5 for loss.

In 2012, Muhammad got hurt in fall camp and redshirted. He wasn't on the field when Iowa Western won the National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship with a 12-0 record.

And with his older brother's eligibility gone at UW after the 2012 season, the chance to play together vanished.

But Muhammad now has new goals.

"My main plan is to take care of my grades and prove to Wyoming fans, my teammates and my family that I'm ready and that I still can play," he said.

"I know what I have to do. (Ghaali) tells me and others joke with me about coming in after him. I know what he did and I know I have big shoes to fill, which I plan on doing."

Ghaali was the Cowboys' leading tackler last season as a senior with a career-high 106. He finished his career with 202 total tackles. Muhammad also led the Cowboys in 2012 with 10 tackles for loss and four fumble recoveries.

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