Smith still doubtful

The news wasn’t any different regarding Wyoming sophomore starting quarterback Brett Smith Tuesday.

“Doubtful means he’s probably not playing,” coach Dave Christensen said after practice “We will see where he’s at (today). It’s day-to-day and he’s not different (Tuesday) than he was (Monday).”

Smith wasn’t at practice. Junior Colby Kirkegaard and true freshman Jason Thompson shared snaps with the No. 1 offense. Christensen said both did some good things.

As far as who will start at quarterback, or play, if Smith can’t go (and at this point it doesn’t look like he will play), Christensen said:  “I’m going to do whatever it takes to win the football game. I don’t know what that is, and I may not know until 12 minutes into the first quarter, or 12 minutes into the fourth quarter. Whatever it is, we’re going to do.”

Some other notes from practice:

–UW practiced outside in a steady rain for about 2.5 hours. Christensen said it made his team focus more. Since there was no lightning, Christensen wanted his team to stay outside.

–Redshirt freshman walk-on running back Zaquoya Parham is imitating Cal Poly senior quarterback Andre Broadous this week in practice  as the Mustangs run the triple-option offense. Other guys could get a shot as well, especially in passing situations.

–Sophomore cornerback Blair Burns has a Mountain West-best four pass break-ups this season, and he has half of the team’s eight pass break-ups.

–Junior defensive tackle Patrick Mertens has UW’s only quarterback sack. In the opener at Texas he had four assisted tackles. Last week against Toledo he had four solo stops.

For more on Mertens, UW’s quarterback situation and how the entire defense needs to improve, see Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang. Also log on to wyosports.net.

  • Brian

    DC’s comment isn’t exactly what I’d like to hear right now. I don’t know why but that kinda bothers me. Did the Pokes not recruit a good backup QB in Colby K.? Looking at Colby’s record with the Pokes, he doesn’t come across as stellar, but give the kid credit for the circumstances he’s asked to start taking snaps! Looking at what he accomplished against Toledo, he didn’t do half bad! Trick play to score a TD, a nice 2pt conversion pass play. Bottom line Colby K. has skills or he wouldn’t be where he is right? That’s why the FB coaches earn the big $$. Colby K., you’ve got this fan believing in you!

    If the defense makes marginal corrections and whomever is under center can move the offense (minding the turnovers), we’ll be fine. I’d kinda liken this situation to after the Utah State game last year, that was the low point and the Pokes could have hung it up, but instead turned out some of their best football in games afterword. I sure hope that is the case here.

    • Fan

      Agree with Brian. Colby K was the ONLY QB that took snaps ALL spring. How can they not hand him the ball on Saturday? He has put in his time, he has worked hard and now he has a chance to show what he’s capable of. Maybe this is just a coach not wanting to show his hand to Cal Poly. Really, would you give the ball to a true freshman that has shown nothing? I would put my faith in the Junior QB that has proven in the Spring and during the season that he has what it takes. Colby K does have fans and he should know it.

      • rgagliardi

        I would be shocked if Colby doesn’t start and plays all or most of the game. He’s put in the work. It’s his time to show what he can do.

        RG

  • udubfan

    Calpoly should be a get well game for UW. They should put 50 on them. Not sure why the defense can’t get pressure. The D Line is bigger than last yr. If anything the conference might be tougher this year with nevada and fresno st. No reason to take the redshirt off the frosh qb for Cal Poly we should be able to run and score at will on them. Colby K has n’t really played B Smith has taken all the snaps so its more about opportunity.

  • Jim Gunter

    For a change I’d like to see us line-up in the power I when where on the 5 yard line. or nothing else put Brett behind center, roll him out . For Christ Sakes Toledo would of least took two timeouts if we come out in that formation. I hate that cross buck running play to the running back or what ever that running play is. everyone knows what’s coming,they bring 7 or 8 guys, push our line back and we get a 2or3yard lose.

    • rgagliardi

      Don’t be surprised if you see more power looks Saturday.

      RG