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Wyoming running back Xazavian Valladay (6) celebrates a touchdown Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019 at the University of Arizona. The Wyoming Cowboys defeat the Georgia State Panthers 38-17 to win the Arizona Bowl. Nadav Soroker/Wyoming Tribune Eagle

LARAMIE — Nine players from the University of Wyoming football team have been named to Athlon's preseason All-Mountain West teams.

The Cowboys' selections are headlined by redshirt junior running back Xazavian Valladay and redshirt junior center Keegan Cryder. Valladay, a first team All-Mountain West selection last season and offensive MVP of the Arizona Bowl, became the first player in school history to lead the conference in rushing yards, amassing 1,265 yards and six touchdowns in his first season as the team's primary ballcarrier. Helping pave the way was Cryder, who was named a freshman All-American in 2018 and was a second team All-Mountain West selection in 2019. 

Michael Katz covers the University of Wyoming for WyoSports. He can be reached at mkatz@wyosports.net or 307-755-3325. Follow him on Twitter at @michaellkatz.

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