Addazio has high praise for Smith

First-year Temple coach Steve Addazio spoke to the media Monday on the Mid-American Conference bowl teleconference and he was asked about Wyoming true freshman quarterback Brett Smith, who was recently named the Mountain West Freshman of the Year and was a First Team All-Freshman selection by CollegeFootballNews.com

Addazio spent the previous six years as an assistant at Florida where he was a part of two BCS national championships teams with quarterback Tim Tebow, now the starter with the Denver Broncos.

“(Smith) is a really great competitor, and I think there are a lot of ‘it’ factors to him,” Addazio said. “He does not play like a freshman, and he reminds me of a guy I had in Gainseville (Tebow) that had that kind of feel about him.”

UW has sold approximately 4,100 tickets as of Monday afternoon through its ticket office, which equates to about $150,000.

The school had to meet a minimum requirement of $125,000.

UW won’t get the difference in money generated exceeding $125,000. Excess funds will go into a pool and distributed by the Mountain West to all of its members.

UW sold about 4,100 tickets for the 2009 New Mexico Bowl game against Fresno State.

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The Cowboys practiced indoors for about two hours Monday morning. It was in full pads, and was theĀ final one in full pads prior to Saturday’s game.

Coach Dave Christensen said he likes the way the team is preparing and is focused so far. He went over some of the events he and his team will participate in once they arrive in Albuquerque on Wednesday.

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A mix of rain of snow and temperatures in the 40s is the weather forecast for the bowl game. The game will be played on a natural grass field. Think if weather is a factor it helps or hurts UW? Temple likes to run the ball so a sloppy field may not affect it much. Thoughts?

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There hasn’t been much injury news from UW and Temple leading up to this game. Christensen said a few days ago everyone that played and was available to play against CSU on Dec. 3 would play in the bowl game.

Addazio said senior center John Palumbo is questionable with an injury, however his backup is another center — Jeremy Schonbrunner.

Sophomore quarterback Chris Coyer, who started the last three games but hurt his throwing shoulder in the regular-season finale against Kent State, should start against UW, Addazio said.

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See Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang for a story on UW junior Luke Anderson and what position does he play — defensive back or linebacker? And, see senior linebacker Brian Hendricks’ daily journal entry on his thoughts getting ready to play in the New Mexico Bowl.

  • Will – “that’s the mystery guy again!”

    Well. I actually feel there is another version of Tim Tebow in college environment right now, it’s Brett Smith. Both have a lot of things in common, i.e. Christianity, inspires teammates, loves to run, etc.. Thoughts?

    • rgagliardi

      There are those similarities and I know that Smith really looks up to Tebow. I’m hesitant to make other comparisons but those are pretty striking.

      RG

  • Charlie Cordova

    What’s up with Robert Herron? Is he hurt or just been on Coach C’s list for some reason? It just seemed like he was a major part of the offense and over the last couple of games didn’t even play. Can you give us any information on this?

    • rgagliardi

      Christensen said he was “sore” near the end of the season and wasn’t doing much in practice so wasn’t doing as much in games. Don’t know if he’s in the doghouse or not. May get a better idea at the bowl game.

      RG

      • Charlie Cordova

        Do you know if he has been practicing this week? It just seems like our team has really missed Chris McNeil and I always though Robert was a huge threat to break one anytime he touched the ball. If he and Chris aren’t playing our relieving corp is seriously hampered.

        • rgagliardi

          Can’t watch all of practice but have been told he is available.

          RG

  • Brian

    Robert,
    I’ve read a couple of articles previewing the New Mexico Bowl matchup with UW and Temple.
    Disturbing that UW is considered the 7pt underdog and I hope this only fires up the Pokes! At the same time, there is a bunch of mistakes and incorrect information in these articles. It makes me wonder if these articles are written by reporters that have no feel of MWC football. I will say that Temple’s run offense worries me most.
    What can you say about being underdogs? Is 7pts enough to worry about?

    • rgagliardi

      I was a little surprised with the point spread but Vegas hasn’t liked Wyoming much this season. I think its based on UW’s run defense and Temple’s run offense. The players are aware of it and that could be some extra motivation. Not sure what I think about the spread. If Wyoming plays well it has a chance to win.

      RG

  • gene

    Robert, Reading a lot on gowyogo site, it seems to me the fans at wyo do not know how to take success they are always waiting for the other shoe to drop. Like some of the dumb questions they asked Smith. Like are you going to leave the program and go to another University to play, or there are a lot of Texas players going to leave school because of the weather in larame.
    You are around the University a lot can you explan this defeatest additude?

    • rgagliardi

      I think its a mentality built over years of losing coaches to other jobs or seeing players leave. Anytime in recent history there has been some success something has happened to somewhat derail that.

      RG

  • Tannhauser

    Good info on Wyoming.

    As a long time (and long suffering) Temple fan, I know we’re very much looking forward to this match up!

    I haven’t been able to catch any Wyoming games this year (very sparse coverage of any games in the Western half of the U.S.) so I’m interested in Wyoming fans take on things.

    I can tell you, without bragging, this is the best running attack I’ve ever seen from Temple. Bernard Pierce is NFL material, just won’t go down, tremendous balance, and incredible burst and long speed.
    Matt “The Bug” Brown is likely about 5-4 and really has a knack for getting lost in the scrum and bouncing it outside. He too has shocking long speed.
    QB Chris Coyer is completely healthy, although his arm won’t be an issue – I’d be shocked if we threw the ball more than 10 times. He’s a long strider with great vision, deceptive speed.

    Our defense is not a good fit, personnel wise, for the schemes our D.C. Chuck Heater likes to run. They’ll be a lot of odd fronts, 2-3, 1-4, to defend against the pass. DBs are solid but deep.

    Two other players to watch are TE Evan Rodriguez, pillow soft hands, plus size, and tough to take down. Adrian Robinson, probably will be a 3-4 OLB on the next level, but playing DE here. Relentless, but can be blocked when he lines up with his hand in the dirt.

    Good luck, here’s hoping for a great game!

    • rgagliardi

      Thanks for the take on Temple. Looking foward to seeing the team in Albuquerque. Hope it will be a good game.

      RG