Despite not having a game last week, Wyoming sophomore quarterback Brett Smith is sixth in the nation in pass efficiency (179.6), seventh in total offense (362.33 yards per game) and ninth in passing offense (328.3 ypg).
Smith is 141 yards of total offense shy of moving past former quarterback Randy Welniak, the current head of UW’s Cowboy Joe Club, into ninth place in career total offense. Smith has 4,419 and Welniak has 4,559.
UW practiced outside Tuesday in War Memorial Stadium. It’s difficult to simulate the opponents’ speed and skill with your scout team, but the Cowboys are trying to imitate Nevada sophomore quarterback Cody Fajardo with their No. 2 guy — true freshman Jason Thompson — along with sophomore Josh Smith, who moved to receiver after spring drills after being a quarterback.
Redshirt freshman Zaquoya Parham and sophomore Kody Sutton have taken turns pretending to be Nevada junior running back Stephon Jefferson, the nation’s leading rusher with 175.4 yards per game.
Chris Murray, who covers Nevada for the Reno Gazette-Journal, reported Tuesday that if Jefferson run for 123 yards to reach 1,000 for the season, he will be the quickest Wolf Pack runner to get there since it went to the FCS level in 1992. The previous fastest was eight games in 2010 by Vai Tua.
USA Today ranked all 124 Football Bowl Subdivision teams (four teams are transitioning to FBS in 2012). Wyoming was 109th. The only Mountain West teams they were ranked ahead of were Hawaii (110) and Colorado State (114). Idaho, UW’s lone victory, was 123.
The highest ranked MW team was Boise State (29), followed by Nevada (41), Fresno State (60), Air Force (74), New Mexico (85), San Diego State (92) and UNLV (99).
Doesn’t say much for the MW, does it?
Jeff Sagarin rates all FBS and FCS teams, and UW was 110th out of 246 squads. There were 32 FBS teams ranked below the Cowboys, including MW members New Mexico, Hawaii, Colorado State and UNLV.
See Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net to see how despite the defense’s struggles this season, see how two UW players are having big seasons.