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UW Football Scrimmage

Wyoming safety Alijah Halliburton gets in position during the Cowboys' scrimmage in April at Cheney Alumni Field in Casper.

Alijah Halliburton on Tuesday earned more recognition for his Week 1 performance.

Wyoming's senior safety was named the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week as selected by the Football Writers Association of America after racking up a career-high 17 tackles and recovering a fumble in the Cowboys' upset win over Missouri. Halliburton had 13 solo tackles while he returned the fumble 79 yards at the end of the first half to set up a Cooper Rothe field goal.

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Halliburton, who did it in just in his seventh career start, was named Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder is off to a fast start after finishing last season as Wyoming's fourth-leading tackler.

Halliburton and the rest of the Cowboys will return to action Saturday at Texas State.

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