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Wyoming QB Brett Smith heading to the NFL Draft a year early

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Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith will be skipping his final season with the program and taking a chance with the NFL Draft. The school announced the decision Friday evening, hours after Smith informed the program of his decision.

“After much consideration, I have decided to forgo my senior season at UW to pursue my dream of playing quarterback in the National Football League,” said Smith. “Wyoming has been such a special place for me and my family, and will always hold a special place in my heart.”

Smith passed for 3,359 yards and 29 touchdowns this season, completing 62.6 percent of his pass attempts for the Cowboys. In 2012 Smith had the highest passing yard average per attempt in the Mountain West Conference (he slipped to ninth this season). His early departure is a bit of a surprise, although with a new head coach coming to take over the program this may have been more about taking a chance on the draft now rather than potentially going through a bit of a transition under a new coaching staff.

“I have so much respect for Coach (Craig) Bohl and know that we will be very successful at Wyoming,” Smith said of the new Wyoming head coach, who is currently finishing out his duties as head coach of North Dakota State in the FCS playoffs before taking on the Wyoming job full time. “I appreciate him coming out and meeting with me and my family this past weekend and talking with us about his vision for the future of Cowboy Football.”

As for Wyoming’s quarterback situation heading in to the spring, it looks as though an open competition between sophomore Jason Thompson and freshman Tommy Thornton. Thornton had more playing time this season and may be the leading candidate for the job in 2014, although with a new coach taking over it would make sense that most positions will be up for grabs starting as soon as possible.

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7 Responses to “Wyoming QB Brett Smith heading to the NFL Draft a year early”
  1. thefiesty1 says: Dec 27, 2013 10:27 PM

    With a new coach coming in he might as well take his chances.

  2. lynx79 says: Dec 27, 2013 10:49 PM

    Smart move by Brett Smith. New coach Bohl is old school, running game and defense, passing game an afterthought.

  3. hahapapa says: Dec 28, 2013 12:08 AM

    Still not a good enough QB to make it. Just as well stay 1 more year, what would it hurt ? I guess he could maybe back up Case Keenum…..

  4. silentfreedom5 says: Dec 28, 2013 12:52 AM

    Never heard of the kid before this decision but I did some research on him, and I really like him. rewrote the Oregon high school records and was Gatorade player of the year in Oregon in 2010. Rewrote the record book at Wyoming, one of 2 schools offering him a scholarship, where he was a starter from day 1. Works his butt off, and very coachable. Could be a top 100 pick, just one team needs to fall in love with him

  5. coltzfan166 says: Dec 28, 2013 2:08 AM

    Why? He’ll be a 3rd stringer in the NFL when he can be a starter in college.

  6. ndnut says: Dec 28, 2013 2:11 AM

    Rick Spielman wii fall in love and draft this guy in round 1 or 2.

  7. pdcooper08 says: Dec 28, 2013 4:40 AM

    Doesn’t the 3rd string guy in the NFL get paid for his efforts? I don’t know about you, but if I’ve gone to college prepping for my chosen profession, then get to the point I can go and make a living. I’m stepping out and going for it. This is the correct choice at this time. Good luck in the process.

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