Keegan Cryder

Wyoming center Keegan Cryder gets ready to snap the ball in the Cowboys' game against Colorado State last season at Canvas Stadium in Fort Collins, Colo.

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University of Wyoming juniors Xazavian Valladay, Chad Muma and Keegan Cryder were all selected to the Preseason All-Mountain West first team on Thursday by media attending the MW Football Media Days in Las Vegas.

All three Cowboys are repeat selections from last year’s team.

Valladay has led the Cowboys in rushing each of the past two seasons. The 6-foot, 198-pounder is a two-time All-MW selection at running back. He rushed for 550 yards in five games last season and led the conference with 1,265 rushing yards and 1,489 all-purpose yards in 2019.

Cryder (6-4, 309) is a three-year starter on the offensive line and will anchor UW’s veteran group from the center position this year. The Littleton, Colorado, native has started all 31 games in his Cowboy career.

In his first year as the Cowboys’ starting middle linebacker last year, Muma (6-3, 242) averaged 11.8 tackles per game, a mark that led the MW and was No. 6 in the nation. He also led UW with 8.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks.

Also Thursday, Nevada quarterback was named the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, San Jose State defensive lineman the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and Utah State kick returner Savon Scarver the Preseason Special Teams Player of the Year. All three players were honored as MW players of the year following the 2020 season.

This article originally ran on trib.com.

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