Twice as nice for Smith

For the second time this season, Wyoming true freshman quarterback Brett Smith was named the Mountain West’s Offensive Player of the Week. Smith had 352 yards of total offense, ran for two touchdowns and threw for another in the Cowboys’ 31-10 win over New Mexico last Saturday.

“I don’t think anything surprises me any more,” said coach Dave Christensen during his Monday news conference about Smith. “I think we expect him to go out, compete and play well. He has every week. I think he still gets better and is still learning. I’m glad he’s our quarterback for the next three years after this one.”

For more on Smith, and what his teammates are saying, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang. Also, check back to the blog tomorrow morning for what offensive coordinator Gregg Brandon has to say about both Smith, and Boise State.

 Some other news and notes Monday:

–True freshman Blair Burns will continue to return punts for the Cowboys. Burns replaced junior Chris McNeill, who is out for the season with an injury, and had three returns for 50 yards, including a long of 25 yards. “I thought the guys blocking did a nice job. He’s a plus for us and has a chance to do that for the next few yeas for us,” Christensen said.

— “A small car with a huge engine,” said Christensen about senior defensive end Josh Biezuns.

–Christensen blamed himself for calling a fake field goal on UW’s first offensive possession that failed at the New Mexico 3-yard line.

–Offensive coordinator Gregg Brandon said UW receivers dropped six passes against New Mexico, which he also said was a season-high.

–Team captains this week are senior center Brandon Self and senior defensive end Gabe Knapton. It’s Knapton’s third time this season and Self’s first. Self will play center for the second straight week, with junior Nick Carlson playing right guard instead of center for the second consecutive week.

–No new injuries to report, and no new changes to the depth chart.