* University of Wyoming press release

LARAMIE -- Two of the top performances in the Mountain West took place in Laramie last Saturday night.

After helping lead the Cowboys over Appalachian State, cornerback Jakorey Hawkins was named the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week. Wrook Brown, another Wyoming defensive back, scooped up a fumble and picked off a last-second pass in the 22-19 victory over the Mountaineers.

The sophomore from Salado, Texas was named the league's Defensive Player of the Week.


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It's the second time this season that a Cowboy has earned the honor, joining kicker John Hoyland who earned the award following the win over Texas Tech in the season opener.

Hawkins, a native of Montgomery, Ala., scooped up the ball after defensive end DeVonne Harris blocked a kick and ran it back 63 yards for the go ahead score in Wyoming’s win over Appalachian State.

It was the first blocked kick returned for a touchdown by the Cowboys in program history. He also had a standout game defensively, as Hawkins recorded five tackles and two pass breakups including one in the closing seconds.

The Cowboys have blocked two kicks on the season thus far to tie for the most in the nation.

Brown, who was celebrating his 21st birthday Saturday night, finished the night with seven tackles, as the Wyoming defense did not allow an offensive touchdown since a 31-3 win over Nevada during the 2019 season.

Brown ranks No. 31 in the conference in tackles per game this season at 5.75 per game. He ranks No. 17 in the nation with his two interceptions this season.

University of Wyoming’s Top 50 Football Players

During the summer of 2021, 7220Sports.com counted down the Top 50 football players in University of Wyoming history, presented by Premier Bone & Joint Centers, Worthy of Wyoming.

The rules are simple: What was the player's impact while in Laramie? That means NFL stats, draft status or any other accolade earned outside of UW is irrelevant when it comes to this list.

This isn't a one-man job. This task called for a panel of experts. Joining 7220's Cody Tucker are Robert GagliardiJared NewlandRyan Thorburn, and Kevin McKinney.

We all compiled our own list of 50 and let computer averages do the work. Think BCS -- only we hope this catalog is fairer.

Don't agree with a selection? Feel free to sound off on our Twitter: @7220sports - #Top50UWFB

- University of Wyoming’s Top 50 Football Players

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