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UNLV Rebels inside linebacker Austin Ajiake (27) celebrates with other defensive players after making an interception during the UNLV Football Spring Showcase at Allegiant Stadium Saturday, April 23, 2022.

Former UNLV football player Austin Ajiake has been named the Mountain West Scholar-Athlete of the Year for 2022-23, the conference announced Thursday.

Ajiake graduated in 2022, then capped his five-year collegiate career by turning in a superlative senior season on the field. The Fresno native served as a key leader for the Scarlet and Gray and led the MWC with 132 tackles. He also recorded 4.0 sacks and intercepted two passes, earning a spot on the All-Mountain West first team.

In order to be eligible for the award, athletes must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA. Ajiake was named to the All-MWC academic team five times in his career and was a three-time MWC scholar athlete.

Wyoming cross-country star Katelyn Mitchem was the MWC Women’s Scholar Athlete of the Year. She and Ajiake will each receive postgraduate scholarships worth $2,500.

Ajiake graduated with a bachelor’s degree in urban studies and is now studying for a master’s in urban leadership.

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