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Wyoming QB transferring to Utah

Jason Thompson

After losing Brett Smith to early entry into the NFL draft, Wyoming was expected to head into spring practice with Jason Thompson as its starting quarterback.

Um, oops?

In a surprise move Tuesday, Utah announced via its Twitter account that Thompson has decided to transfer into the Utes football program.  Wyoming’s athletic director subsequently confirmed that Thompson had asked to be released from his scholarship.

Thompson, who had two cousins play football for the Utes, will be forced to sit out the 2014 season and will retain two years of eligibility beginning in 2015.

Former Cowboys head coach Dave Christensen, fired by the university in late November of last year, was hired as the Utes’ offensive coordinator in mid-December.

Thompson was a two-star member of the Cowboys’ 2012 recruiting class and played in six games as a true freshman.  He took a redshirt for the 2013 season, a season in which Christensen had to talk the player into a return to Laramie.

(Photo credit: Wyoming athletics)

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