It’s official: Carta-Samuels to Vanderbilt

Some Wyoming fans care, others don’t, but former Wyoming quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels is enrolled at school at Vanderbilt. He confirmed that on his Twitter account Sunday.

Here is the message Carta-Samuels left me via Facebook Monday morning:

“My favorite reporter in the world hope all is well. I will always remember the fans and my teammates that were so supportive of me while I was there. I will miss you guys but regardless of what anyone has to say I will always consider myself part Wyoming Cowboy and will be a true fan and hope the best for their future. Sincerely ACS.”

Carta-Samuels was the Freshman of the Year in the Mountain West in 2009 and the Outstanding Offensive Player in UW’s 35-28 double-overtime win over Fresno State in the New Mexico Bowl. He struggled last season as a sophomore, and so did the Cowboys with a 3-9 record. Carta-Samuels left the program for personal reasons after the season, which drew a lot of comments and criticism among UW fans.

Carta-Samuels must sit out this season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules. Vanderbilt’s probable starting quarterback this season is a senior. It also has junior Jordan Rodgers, the brother of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Vanderbilt has three true freshmen and a redshirt sophomore listed on its current roster as quarterbacks.

Any thoughts or opinions on this?

See Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle www.wyomingnews.com on a story about one of UW’s true freshmen defensive backs who has made a big move up the depth chart. Here is a link to today’s story on the Cowboys’ young wide receivers http://www.wyomingnews.com/articles/2011/08/22/sports/19sports_08-22-11.txt

8 thoughts on “It’s official: Carta-Samuels to Vanderbilt

  1. Thank you for reporting it. If you’re a 30 year supporter you wonder about all the pokes. I mean I even woder what happened to Jim Crawford, our own true All American. If your a 10 year or under supporter you are probably more focused on today and tomorrow. And why not! I was susprised YOU received so much grief over reporting on this former player.

    • In this business Ron, I receive a lot of grief over a lot of things. LOL

      Thanks and have a good one.

      RG

    • Jim Crawford now lives in Lusk with his wife Mary. Jamie, their daughter, is a public school teacher in Lusk & that family has one child. Jim & Mary sold their property near Greybull about three years ago to move into their home in Lusk. Jim will become 76 years old on August 26, 2011. Jim is an old elementary classmate from those years he lived in Douglas. Jim played HS sports at Greybull and from there to UW. I enjoy reading my book, “A Million Cheers … 100 years of Wyoming Cowboy Football” published in 1993 by the UW Centennial Committee, Jack Rosenthal, Chairman.

  2. Good for him, I wish him well. Hopefully the Pokes will do well this season, it won’t matter by Christmas, and we won’t be wondering “what if.” Thanks for the update though, nice to officially know where he landed.

  3. Thanks Robert, no matter what people say and I agree it stinks he left the program but the guy provided us excitement and hope for a new direction in Cowboy Football we desperately need.

  4. I was certainly miffed he left the Pokes in a lurch without an explanation. Now, I’m interested in seeing how his career pans out. Will he end up being more successful at Vandy then had he stayed in Laramie?

    • Tough to tell Jeff, but he certainly will have to compete for playing time with four quarterbacks returning (not including ACS) next season according to the roster I looked at.

      Plus, Vanderbilt isn’t exactly a SEC powerhouse and one of the major issues with the team last season was the offensive line.

      Hope he does well, but it won’t be easy.

      RG

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