12/30/2013 - Underrated Wyoming QB leaving early for the NFL...Wyoming junior quarterback Brett Smith announced on Friday that he will forego his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft. Although he isn't a well-known NFL prospect, he is an underrated passer who has the talent to be drafted among the top-100 picks. Smith is ranked as the No. 8 quarterback prospect for May's NFL Draft by NFLDraftScout.com. He is the first underclassman quarterback to officially add his name to the 2014 draft class. Smith, who is reminiscent of a more controlled version of Johnny Manziel, is a better athlete than given credit with deceiving mobility and very quick feet to be elusive in the pocket and avoid pressure. He has good-enough height and has worked hard to bulk up his frame, spending considerable time in the weight room.
Smith scans the field quickly, works through his reads and does an excellent job recognizing soft spots in coverage pre-snap. He is a gutsy competitor who plays the game of football with a chip on his shoulder and he'll win over NFL coaches with his attitude, work ethic and overall football passion. Smith is extremely confident, but almost to a fault as he tests small passing windows too often, throwing into tight coverage and hoping for a positive play. He has good enough arm strength for the next level, but lacks elite velocity especially when he can't step into his throws. Smith can get jumpy and skittish in the pocket and needs to get his footwork under control. He is a high-completion passer, but his accuracy will dip when throwing on the run. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/30/2013 - Wyoming QB Smith declares for NFL Draft...Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith will leave school with one year of eligibility remaining to enter the 2014 NFL Draft, the university announced Friday night. Smith completed 62.6 percent of his passes for 3,359 yards and 29 touchdowns this season. "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," Smith said. "Wyoming has been such a special place for me and my family, and will always hold a special place in my heart." The 6-foot-2, 206-pound Smith is rated by NFLDraftScout.com as the No. 8 quarterback and the No. 94 overall prospect in 2014.
He is leaving before Craig Bohl takes over for the fired Dave Christensen as Wyoming coach after the Cowboys' 5-7 season in 2013. Bohl will assume his new duties after he leads North Dakota State into the FCS championship game on Jan. 4. "I have so much respect for Coach Bohl and know that we will be very successful at Wyoming," Smith said. "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. - The Sports Xchange
12/30/2013 - Underrated Wyoming QB leaving early for the NFL...If Smith played in the SEC or another major conference, he would be a much better known quarterback prospect. A native of Salem, Oregon, he re-wrote the high school record books and was the 2010 Gatorade Oregon Football Player of the Year, but didn't receive much attention from Pac 12 schools. His only FBS-level offers were San Jose State and Wyoming, choosing the Cowboys and starting from day one as a freshman.
Smith leaves Wyoming with several school records, finishing his career with 76 touchdown passes and 97 scores overall. He set new career-bests in 2013 with 3,375 passing yards, 62.7% completions (293-for-467) and 29 passing touchdowns. On Nov. 23, Smith set a new Mountain West and Wyoming single-game record against Hawai'i with 640 yards of total offense (498 passing, 142 rushing) and eight total touchdowns (7 passing, 1 rushing).
Although Smith played well this year, the 2013 season was a disappointment as Wyoming finished 5-7, losing five of the final six games. Smith's announcement comes just weeks after Craig Bohl was named the new head coach at Wyoming, taking over for Dave Christensen, who was fired Dec. 1 after five seasons in Laramie. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/19/2013 - 2013 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): Brett Smith, Jr., QB,...Smith led Wyoming's Honorable Mention selections, earning that honor for the second consecutive season. In one of the best quarterback leagues in the country, Smith concluded the season ranked No. 3 in the Mountain West and No. 11 in the nation in total offense (329.0 yards per game). He also ranked No. 3 in the league and No. 15 in the NCAA in passing yards (281.2 yards per game).
In both categories, he ranked behind seniors Derek Carr of Fresno State and David Fales of San Jose State, who were the First and Second Team All-Mountain West selections, respectively. Smith was named to the Maxwell Trophy Watch List for 2013. He was named to the Manning Award Watch List for the second consecutive year, and was named a Manning Star of the Week three times this season. He ended the season ranked No. 3 in the MW and No. 11 in the country in passing TDs (29 total) and No. 3 in the conference and No. 15 in the nation in points responsible for (200 total points responsible for). - Wyoming football
12/09/2013 - Another underclassmen quarterback to keep an eye on is Wyoming's Brett Smith, a player I have long been a fan of due to his competitive playing style. He reminds me a lot of a more controlled Johnny Manziel with his athletic improvising and gamer mentality to will his team to victory. With a coaching change at Wyoming, will Smith bolt for the NFL now? There is a good chance of it happening and if it does, look for Smith to be a popular day two prospect. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
11/29/2013 - WEEK 13 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Brett Smith, Wyoming, accounted for 640 yards and threw for a school-record seven TDs in a 59-56 overtime win over Hawaii. - AP Sports
11/29/2013 - WEEK 13 MOUNTAIN WEST CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: BRETT SMITH, WYOMING, Junior, QB, Salem, Ore./West Salem HS...Accounted for 640 yards of total offense (498 passing, 142 rushing), threw seven touchdown passes and rushed for one more in a 59-56 overtime win against Hawai'i...Smith's 640 yards marked the most yards by a single player in the NCAA this season, and set a new MW and Wyoming single-game record.
Smith's seven TD passes equaled the MW single-game record, along with Fresno State's Derek Carr (Saturday versus New Mexico), and are tied for the single-game high in the FBS this season. Smith's eight touchdowns responsible for set a Mountain West single-game record...The junior led Wyoming to 793 yards of total offense, which ranks No. 3 in the NCAA this season, and second all-time in MW history.
His 498 passing yards broke the Wyoming single-game record, passing Josh Wallwork's 485 yards against Idaho in 1996. Smith's seven TD passes went for 72, 71, 47, 23, 20, 7 and 5 yards, and his rushing touchdown came from 51 yards out. - Mountain West football
11/29/2013 - WEEK 13 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PERFORMANCE AWARDS NATIONAL FBS CO-OFFENSIVE PERFORMER OF THE WEEK: Brett Smith (Wyoming)...Smith accounted for 640 yards of total offense (498 passing, 142 rushing), threw seven touchdown passes and rushed for one more in a 59-56 overtime win against Hawaii...Smith's 640 yards marked the most yards by a single player in the NCAA this season, and set a new MW and Wyoming single-game record. - Wyoming football/College Football Performance Awards
11/29/2013 - Brett Smith passed for a Mountain West record-tying seven touchdowns, the most in the FBS this season, in Wyoming's 59-56 overtime win against Hawaii. Smith also ran for an eighth TD, setting a MWC record for touchdowns responsible for. He had a conference-record 640 yards of total offense while becoming the Wyoming career leader with 10,209 yards. Smith's 498 yards passing broke the school record, as well. - AP Sports
11/24/2013 - Stuart Williams kicked a 36-yard game-winning field goal and Brett Smith passed for a single-game school record seven touchdowns in leading Wyoming to a 59-56 overtime win against Hawaii on Saturday. Wyoming (5-6, 3-4 Mountain West) snapped a four-game losing streak and kept its chances for becoming bowl eligible alive for another week. Hawaii (0-11, 0-8) remains winless on the season. It was its second straight overtime loss and fifth loss by 7 points or less. In a game that featured 10 scoring drives lasting less than 2 minutes each, the offenses of both teams had their way much of the day, combining for 1,417 total yards.
Wyoming gained 793 total yards, a Mountain West record and the second most by a team in the NCAA this season, and the Rainbow Warriors 624. Smith himself accounted for a conference record 640 yards total offense for the Cowboys, completing 29 of 48 passes for 498 yards and rushing 19 times for 142. His total yardage is the most by an individual NCAA player so far this season. Smith had two TD passes of more than 70 yards and one 47-yarder. His seven TD passes tied the Mountain West record accomplished by Max Hall of BYU in 2008 against UCLA and is the most by an NCAA quarterback this year. Robert Herron caught 11 of Smith's passes for 141 yards and tied a school record with four touchdowns. - AP Sports
10/24/2013 - Wyoming junior quarterback Brett Smith is among the leaders in fan voting for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award. Smith currently ranks fifth in round 1 of voting for the O'Brien Award. The Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback. This is the seventh year fans have been offered the opportunity to participate in the voting. The Fan Vote counts as 5 percent during each round of voting and is combined with the results from the Selection Committee. All NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision quarterbacks enter the season eligible for the award. The list will be narrowed down to 16 semifinalists, which will be announced on Nov. 4. - AP Sports
10/12/2013 - Brett Smith ran for two touchdowns, both in the fourth quarter, and passed for another, leading Wyoming past New Mexico 38-31 on Saturday. Smith rushed for 138 yards, scoring on runs of 3 and 48 yards, and passed for another 247. Shaun Wick rushed for 116 yards and two TDs for Wyoming (4-2, 2-0).
Cole Gautsche led New Mexico (2-4, 0-2) with 113 rushing yards and a touchdown. He also passed for 156 yards and a TD. Kasey Carrier rushed 104 yards for the Lobos. New Mexico, which entered the game averaging 367.8 rushing yards a game - tops among major colleges - finished with 257. Wyoming scored on three of its first four possessions for a 21-0 lead, but the Lobos fought back, tying the game 24-24 early in the fourth quarter. - AP Sports
09/23/2013 - SEPT 23 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PERFORMANCE AWARDS FBS CO-QUARTERBACK PERFORMER OF THE WEEK: Brett Smith (Wyoming)...Smith enjoyed the greatest day ever by a Wyoming quarterback in the game against Air Force, accounting for a school record 511 yards of total offense, breaking the previous Wyoming single-game record of 482 yards set by Josh Wallwork in 1996 versus Idaho.
Smith also rushed for 138 yards and one TD, and averaged 8.6 yards per carry on 16 carries. Although a quarterback, Smith's 138 rushing yards were the second most in a single game by any Mountain West player, regardless of position, this season. He becomes only the second player in Mountain West history to throw for 300 yards and rush for 100 yards in a single game. The only other MW player to accomplish that was UNLV's Omar Clayton in 2007. Honorable Mention: Kenny Guiton (Ohio State), Bryce Petty (Baylor), Terrel Hunt (Syracuse), Dak Prescott (Mississippi State), Derek Carr (Fresno State). - Wyoming football/College Football Performance Awards
09/23/2013 - WEEK 4 MOUNTAIN WEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Wyoming QB Brett Smith enjoyed the greatest day ever by a Wyoming quarterback in the game against Air Force, accounting for a school record 511 yards of total offense, breaking the previous Wyoming single-game record of 482 yards set by Josh Wallwork in 1996 versus Idaho.
Smith's 511 yards of total offense is the second-best single-game total in the FBS this year - second only to Johnny Manziel's 562 yards versus Alabama. The 511 yards of total offense by Smith also ranks as the fourth most in a single game in Mountain West history.
The junior from Salem, Ore., completed a personal best 85.4 percent of his passes (35 of 41) versus the Falcons for 373 yards and threw four TD passes. He ended the day with a pass efficiency rating of 193.98. Over the course of his 35 pass completions on Saturday, he completed 10 straight at one point and had another streak of 11 straight completions later in the game. - Wyoming football
09/23/2013 - SEPT 23 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PERFORMANCE AWARDS NATIONAL FBS CO-OFFENSIVE PERFORMER OF THE WEEK: Brett Smith (Wyoming)...Smith enjoyed the greatest day ever by a Wyoming quarterback in the game against Air Force, accounting for a school record 511 yards of total offense, breaking the previous Wyoming single-game record of 482 yards set by Josh Wallwork in 1996 versus Idaho.
Smith's 511 yards of total offense is the second-best single-game total in the FBS this year - second only to Johnny Manziel's 562 yards versus Alabama. The 511 yards of total offense by Smith also ranks as the fourth most in a single game in Mountain West history. - Wyoming football/College Football Performance Awards
09/22/2013 - Brett Smith set the Wyoming school record for career touchdown passes and total yards in a game in the Cowboys' 56-23 pummeling of Air Force on Saturday night. Smith threw for 373 yards and four TDs and added 138 yards on the ground in leading the Cowboys (3-1, 1-0 Mountain West) to their highest scoring output ever against Air Force (1-3, 0-3) in a heated series that dates to 1957.
Smith's 511 total yards broke the school record of 482 set by Josh Wallwork against Idaho in 1996. Smith completed 35 of 41 passes and his first TD throw was the junior's 57th, breaking Casey Bramlet's record of 56 set a decade ago. The Falcons had no answer for Smith or the Cowboys' spread offense that piled up 454 yards by halftime. By then, Smith had his third four-TD performance of the young season plus a 6-yard touchdown run. - AP Sports
09/16/2013 - Wyoming is the sleeper team in the Mountain Division...Although both Boise State and Utah State were the prohibitive favorites to win that side of the Mountain West, Wyoming and quarterback Brett Smith are off to an impressive 2-1 start with the only loss coming at Nebraska, 37-34. And the 'Pokes get to host both the Broncos and the Aggies in Laramie in November when things can get a tad frosty. - The Sports Xchange
09/15/2013 - Brett Smith passed for 264 yards and a touchdown, Shaun Wick rushed for two TDs and the Wyoming defense returned two interceptions for scores as the Cowboys beat Northern Colorado 35-7 in a game delayed nearly an hour by lightning Saturday. Smith completed 30 of 47 passes with one interception. Dominic Rufran caught nine passes for 87 yards, including a 6-yard TD. Wick ran 16 times for 87 yards, scoring on runs of 1 and 20 yards.
Wyoming (2-1) also scored its first defensive touchdowns of the season with defensive backs Jordan Stanton and Cortland Fort each recording a pick-6. Stanton grabbed a tipped pass and weaved his way around and through would-be tacklers 39 yards for the score, while Fort stepped in front of a pass to the sideline and raced 50 yards untouched. Stanton also had 12 tackles and a sack for the Cowboys, who surrendered just 65 rushing yards. Wyoming also blocked a field goal. - AP Sports
09/12/2013 - The Cowboys have scored 76 points in the first two games this season, a three-point loss to Nebraska and a 32-point defeat of Idaho. Still, coach Dave Christensen wasn't happy with the second offensive performance, which featured a sluggish start. "I guess it's a good problem to score 42 points and be disappointed in the way you played offensively, but that is how I feel," he told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.
GAME PREVIEW: vs. Northern Colorado, Saturday. Strange but true the last time these teams met, Wyoming set an NCAA record for most points in a game. The Cowboys won 103-0 in 1949. The Cowboys aren't likely to overlook this game. They lost to FCS Cal Poly last year. - The Sports Xchange
09/07/2013 - Brett Smith threw for four touchdowns and Shaun Wick rushed for 110 yards as Wyoming beat Idaho 42-10 Saturday in a game that included a half-hour lightning delay. Smith set a school record by netting 72 passing and rushing TDs in his career. Just a junior, Smith surpassed the previous record of 70 set by quarterback Casey Bramlet from 2000-03. He is one TD pass from tying Bramlet for the school record for touchdown passes.
Smith completed 22 of 38 passes for 295 yards for Wyoming (1-1). Three of his TD passes went to Dominic Rufran. Robert Herron caught five passes for 123 yards. Wick became the first Wyoming player to rush for 100 yards in consecutive games since 2008. He rushed for 101 against Nebraska the previous week. Chad Chalich led the Vandals (0-2), completing 22 of 32 passes for 182 yards. - AP Sports
09/01/2013 - For those Nebraska fans still miffed at me for not having the Huskers in my preseason Top 25, I hope you noted just how much Nebraska struggled against Wyoming. Now, QB Brett Smith is a heckuva player (he's got a 17-1 TD-INT ratio in his past five games), but it had to make Huskers fans cringe seeing the Cowboys, ranked No. 77 in offense last season, roll up 602 yards of offense as Nebraska barely survived, 37-34. Smith's 475 total yards is the fourth-highest total ever surrendered by Nebraska. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
08/28/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: QB Brett Smith did not suffer sophomore slump, despite his team's four-game decline from 2011. Smith did not throw an interception in his last 174 pass attempts of the season and had 14 TDs during that span. Injuries and a game ejection curtailed his and Wyoming's progress in 2012 and he has to learn how to keep a calmer demeanor for the entire 60 minutes of games. That will be the next step in his development, which the Cowboys staff can't wait to watch blossom. - The Sports Xchange
08/14/2013 - 2013 MANNING AWARD WATCH LIST: Brett Smith Jr. WYOMING 74.6,...Smith is one of only 30 quarterbacks in the nation named to this year's Manning Award Preseason Watch List. He is one of six Mountain West quarterbacks named to this year's list. The Mountain West leads all conferences with the most QBs named to this year's Manning Award Watch List. The SEC is second with five quarterbacks named, and the PAC-12 has four.
Smith will be a leading All-America candidate in 2013. He ranked among the Top 25 quarterbacks in the NCAA in four different categories as a sophomore last season, despite missing two complete games and part of another due to injury. He led the Mountain West Conference in both passing efficiency and points responsible for, was second in the Mountain West in passing yards and third in total offense.
As a sophomore, Smith ranked No. 5 in the NCAA and No. 1 in the Mountain West Conference in points responsible for in 2012, generating 20.2 points per game. Among FBS players returning for the 2013 season only 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M (21.69 points per game) and Tajh Boyd of Clemson (21.54 ppg) were responsible for more points per game. The other two players who ranked ahead of Smith in 2012 were former USC quarterback Matt Barkley (20.36 ppg) and former West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith (20.31 ppg). - Wyoming football