LARAMIE – Eight University of Wyoming football players were named All-Mountain West honors Wednesday afternoon.

Redshirt senior linebacker Logan Wilson, senior safety Alijah Halliburton and redshirt sophomore running back Xazavian Valladay were named first team All-MW, each receiving the honor for the first time.

Redshirt sophomore center Keegan Cryder and redshirt senior punt returner Austin Conway were second team selections, while senior defensive back Tyler Hall, junior offensive lineman Logan Harris and senior linebacker Cassh Maluia were honorable mention selections.

San Jose State quarterback Josh Love and Boise State defensive end Curtis Weaver were named the MW offensive and defensive players of the year, respectively. Hawaii coach Nick Rolovich was named coach of the year.

Boise State running back George Holani and return specialist Avery Williams were named freshman and special teams players of the year, respectively.

Voting was conducted by the league’s coaches and select members of the media.

Wilson, a Casper Natrona County High graduate, has rewritten the Cowboys’ record books since stepping on campus. He started all 51 games in his Pokes career and has 404 career tackles (fourth-best in UW history), including 98 this season.

Wilson, the lone 2019 Butkus Award finalist from outside a Power 5 conference, has four interceptions in 2019 and also has scored a touchdown. He was an honorable mention selection last season, second team the year before and was the MW freshman of the year in 2016.

Halliburton leads all defensive backs nationally in tackles with a team-best 119, including 10 for loss. He also has one interception and a pair of sacks.

Despite not getting the bulk of his carries until midway through the season, Valladay finished the regular season as the MW’s second-leading rusher with 1,061 yards. Prior to last weekend’s loss at Air Force, Valladay had run for 100 or more yards in five consecutive games, including a career-best 206 against Nevada.

Cryder has started all 24 games in his UW career at center and offensive guard.

Conway ranks 11th in the nation in punt return average (11.1 yards per return), trailing just Boise State’s Avery Williams in the Mountain West.

Hall, a three-time honorable mention selection, is second on the Cowboys with six pass breakups. He also has an interception and a forced fumble.

Maluia ranks third in tackles on the team (57) and has two interceptions.

Harris missed part of the season with a concussion but started 10 of the team’s 12 games.

Michael Katz is a writer for WyoSports. He can be reached by email at Follow him on Twitter at @MichaelLKatz.

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