Despite injuries, Smith progressing at QB

Wyoming sophomore quarterback Brett Smith did something last week he hadn’t done yet this season.

Start in three straight games.

Smith was 19 of 32 for 235 yards and four touchdowns, and ran for another in UW’s 45-31 victory over Colorado State.

“I thought it was the best game that he’s played since I’ve been coaching him,” said offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Gregg Brandon, who first coached Smith last year as a true freshman.

Smith didn’t start more than two games in a row prior to last week because of two different concussions suffered in games against Toledo Sept. 8 and Nevada Oct. 6.

Smith started all 13 games for UW last year, but it took a toll  mentally and physically. He was down to less than 185 pounds by season’s end, and played a good part of the season with an injured thumb that required surgery in the offseason.

This season, Smith said he doesn’t think the concussions have hampered his progress as a quarterback. In fact, he thinks they’ve helped.

“Last year toward the end of the year, I think the injuries started to get in my head a little bit. I was pretty banged up,” he said. I needed to find it within myself to nut-up a little bit and realize that’s a part of being quarterback at a DI school.

“I think I realized that this year and not let it hinder my preparation or focus for games Last year I let it do that a little bit.”

Smith threw 20 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 13 games. In seven games, this season, he’s thrown 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. He hasn’t thrown a pick in his  last two games, and hasn’t had more than one since the Toledo game.

Smith is one of a several UW players that didn’t redshirt when they were freshmen. See WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi’s column on that  in Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang. See the complete interview with Smith here on the blog and at www.wyosports.net. Be sure to join Gagliardi for his weeky live chat on UW sports at 3 p.m. Thursday. See wyosports.net or the blog for the link.