Phil Steele’s preseason Mountain West All-Conference teams were recently announced with seven University of Wyoming players selected in his preseason football preview.
Cowboys junior running back Xazavian Valladay and junior center Keegan Cryder were named by Steele to his first team All-MW squad.
Valladay is coming off a 2019 season when he rushed for 1,265 yards and ranked 18th in the nation. He was a first team All-MW selection as a sophomore by MW head coaches and media. Cryder was a freshman All-American in 2018 selected by the Football Writers Association of America and was a second team All-MW selection by MW head coaches and media in 2019.
Junior middle linebacker Chad Muma and sophomore defensive end Solomon Byrd are two Cowboys defenders named to the second team.
Byrd was named a freshman All-American by the FWAA in 2019. Muma will be Wyoming’s starting middle linebacker in 2020 after being the back-up the last two seasons for both UW’s 2020 NFL Draft picks Logan Wilson and Cassh Maluia, who were the Pokes’ starting middle linebacker and weak-side linebacker.
Senior offensive guard Logan Harris and senior defensive end Garrett Crall were selected to the third team. Harris was an honorable mention All-MW honoree in 2019 as selected by MW head coaches and media. This is the first all-conference honor of Crall’s career.
Sophomore free safety Rome Weber rounds out UW’s selections when he was named to the fourth Team. Weber stepped into the starting lineup as a redshirt freshman last season and made an immediate impact for the Cowboys.